12 days of Christmas / creative

advent calendar tutorial


advent calendar tutorial | humphreyandgrace

Each year I make an advent calendar. I have to say this year I have been feeling a little uninspired, I came home with some lovely wiggly twigs from the florist about a month ago and that is about as far as my plan went… Then I had a little moment of inspiration and here is the result. It is characterful and definitely hand made, just the way I like things to be.

advent calendar | humphrey and grace

If you would like to have a go, you will need: –

– a twig or branch long enough to accommodate 24 packages
– a roll of greaseproof paper (small obsession with this multi-tasking paper)
– thread in the colour of your choice, mine is black
– enough treats to fill the packages (in my case 24 x 4 for 3 children + 1 husband)
– a hole punch
– a ball of string or twine
– a sewing machine (very handy for this, if you don’t have one you can substitute the roll of paper and thread with 24 treat sized paper bags)
– embellishments for the bags, I am using heather and leaves with small tags for numbers

advent calendar | humphrey and grace

Begin by folding a strip of the paper towards the roll. You are aiming for a long thin strip, cut the paper (roughly where you can see the shadow above) so you have what looks like a tall thin greetings card. You can then cut little bag shapes with the fold along the bottom edge, I cut roughly four per length. I am not giving dimensions exactly as what you are aiming for is packages large enough to hold the size of the goodies you wish to enclose, mine are holding various sizes of chocolate coins and festive shapes.

Sew around three sides, I leave the needle down at the end of the third side and carefully pop the treats inside while still behind the sewing machine, then turning the final corner and sewing to close. I have taken it off above to give you an idea of what you are aiming for, this is the point to insert the treats!

advent calendar | humphrey and grace

I like to leave a little of the loose threads, it is just a question of taste. You can trim them if you please, just not too closely as they may undo your sewing!

Then punch a hole in the corner and, using a length of string, attach your embellishments to each package. Admittedly this is a bit time consuming but I’m going to be looking at this for the next month so I’d quite like it to be pretty.

Next simply tie each package to your twig. First use a long piece of string to create a hanging loop above the twig, mine is not quite to the ends as the twig is very thin at one end, I have clustered the packages towards the other end slightly and love the wabi-sabi look of it.

It’s as easy as that! There are a million and one variations of this online, each as lovely as the next, I hope you like my take on it.

Julia x

advent calendar tutorial | humphreyandgrace


I’m also joining in with Silver Pebble’s lovely #makingwinter


4 comments on “advent calendar tutorial”

  1. Oh it’s fabulous Julia! I bet your kids love opening it. Might have to have a go for my other half next year – but will need lots of time to think about what goes inside!!

    1. Thanks Zoe! It took them all of a couple of minutes to work out how best to get into it! I hope you do have a go next year, it looks lovely hanging on the wall x

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