Countdown Calendar

We’re counting down the days until Santa arrives. A day late, but we’ve got candy! Last year we had a store-bought calendar with chocolates and one that we made with activities for each day. This year I thought I’d make a reusable fabric version that we can fill with candy, activity cards, or tiny little toys. The girls have voted for candy this year.

I wanted something simple that we wouldn’t get tired of year after year. The fact that it’s washable is a bonus too. I drew the snowflake design in Illustrator and digitized it for machine embroidery with the numbers added. And this is going to be a pom-pom holiday season for us. I was so excited that my 7-year-old has ended her crafting boycott to make these. Easy and fun for kids to make — I’m planning a post on kid’s pom-pom projects for later this month. I think maybe in a real advent calendar you wouldn’t include Christmas day, but I like the symmetry of five days per row.

22 Replies to “Countdown Calendar”

  1. I love it! Soooo cute. I’ve been wanting to make something similar for a couple of years now. You just might have inspired me to make this the year that we introduce one of these in our family as well. There are so many fun things you could do with all of those pockets. Great project.

  2. That is beautiful simplicity! I love it. We have a wooden countdown calendar that we bought at a store. It’s really cute and sweet but I love the idea of the fabric one.

    My daughter has dust and dust mite allergies so that is why I kind of steered away form the fabric countdown calendars, unless they can be washed. But since this can be washed, I will keep that in mind if we get tired of our wooden one or want to switch to a fabric one! It’s really lovely. You did a great job!

  3. I love this…every year I want to do something different and I always end up with cardboard and chocolate.

  4. Oh My. LOVE it. I’ve been thinking I need to make another advent calender to switch it up throughout the years and I think this one fits the bill. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this so much!! I’m in the process of making my own Advent Calendar (not to be completed this year, sadly) and seeing yours makes me want to start from scratch because this is so simple and beautiful! So many Advent Calendars are tacky, but this… wow!! Love it!

  6. Wow. I really love your calendar. I’d love to have a quick tutorial on how you made this or at least some dimensions. Are the pockets done so thicker things can fit or are they flat? (I hope that made sense)

    Thanks so much for showing us.

  7. I would love for you to come by and link this up to The CSI Project this week. The challenge is Advent Calendars. Every week there is a new challenge and new giveaway. You could take home the top prize or win the giveaway.Come by any day of the week for tutorials and the link party beginning Wednesday at Midnight.
    http://www.thecsiproject.com

    Smiles,
    Dee the csi girl

  8. Exactly what I have been looking for as a gift but…I am not crafty. Any chance to take orders? I would love to buy one!

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