I wanted to share this quick easy tutorial for a handmade felt Christmas tree advent calendar. It is similar to one I saw at Pottery Barn. No sewing machine needed. I attached the simple pockets on the front with hand stitching while watching TV. You can of course pull out the machine if you feel so inclined.
On the back side I made a play felt tree for the kids to decorate over and over. I even had them cut out the shapes of the felt ornaments themselves using cookie cutters and chalk to trace. You can of course do it yourself and make them much more elaborate.
I first saw this idea here at I can Teach My Child
You will need some green felt for the tree, and other colors for the decorations on the back, needle and thread, chalk, ruler, scissors, felt decorative stickers, and a sharpie. I like to use a rotary cutter and cutting mat with ruler but you don't have to by any means.
The first step is to measure out your tree size. Cut out a square that size and fold it in half. Now take your chalk and draw the outline of half a tree since your fabric is folded in half. Cut along that line. You should have something like the photo below.
Now use your ruler to mark out your squares using chalk. I marked in each square how many pockets fit on each row.
Once you measure those out, you can fold your fabric accordingly and cut the advent pockets with a rotary cutting tool and ruler. If you don't have one you can just cut them out with scissors.
Then simply attach the pockets to the tree with your needle and thread!
In each pocket I placed one of the tickets that will have the activity for that day. I simply write the activity on the back.
I found that printable for the free Christmas "tickets" HERE from Miss Cutie pie goes 80s. These make really cute gift tags too!
There is a great list of activities here at Baltimore Mommies or you can type in winter bucket list into a google search for a whole array of options.
And that is it! You can EASILY whip this out in a few hours.
Have fun and let me know how it turns out!