Easy-sew Christmas tree advent calendar

SS49 Christmas tree advent calendar

Kids will love Kirsty Hartley’s tree advent calendar, with detachable shapes for them to decorate it with sparkles, stars and pom noms galore!


When we first came up with the idea of an interactive advent calendar for our new issue, we knew straight away who to call! Kirsty Hartley is our go-to-gal for bright and fun children’s projects (check out her playful designs over at Wild Things Dresses).



Kirsty’s come up with this cheery Christmas tree design with velcro shapes so children can make it their own, and 24 miniature pockets for the countdown to Christmas. It’s quick to sew so you’ve still got time to whip up your own version before December.

You will need

  • Green felt: 70x150cm (28x60in), for the tree
  • Red felt: 40x25cm (16x10in), for the base
  • Orange felt: 40x25cm (16x10in), for the pockets
  • Bondaweb: 2mx44cm (214ydx17in)
  • A4 sheets of brightly coloured felt, for the decorations
  • Printable cotton poplin (optional)
  • Black stranded cotton
  • Ribbon to decorate and form a loop for hanging
  • Assorted glitter fabrics
  • Assorted ric-rac braid and ribbons, to decorate
  • 6 pom poms
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Wadding, to fill the shapes
  • Embroidery needles
  • Basic sewing kit

We used printable cotton poplin from www.cottonpatch.co.uk for the numbers.

Download the templates for this project here. 

You can find Kirsty’s full step-by-step tutorial for this project in issue 49 of Simply Sewing magazine.


Simply Sewing is available to buy in our online store here if you live in the UK, or here if you live overseas.

Issue 49 is also available as a digital edition, for Apple phones and tablets, Android phones and tabletsAmazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and to read through Zinio.

How to make an advent calendar