Felt Nativity Advent Calendar + Free Sewing Pattern

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Make a felt Nativity Advent calendar with a free sewing pattern and SVG cut file. This Christmas sewing project is fun for counting down.

I grew up with a Christmas Nativity Advent calendar that my aunt had made for my family. I loved seeing my mom get it out every year and using it to countdown the days. Now I have it for my kids, but it’s starting to show it’s age.

I decided to design a new felt Nativity Advent calendar inspired by the one I grew up with. The free download has both a PDF sewing pattern and SVG cut files so that you can choose to cut it with or without a Cricut Maker. You can choose your own colors and materials to make it however you want.

felt nativity advent calendar pattern

What materials work best for a Nativity Advent calendar?

There are lots of different materials that work well for a Nativity Advent calendar. I used felt for the background, the people, and all the scenes. I liked that the velcro will stick to the felt easily, and you don’t have to finish the edges of felt. Leather would also be a great material to use.

I would recommend felt for the background, the people, and all the scenes. You can write the words and numbers in, or you can use iron on vinyl. The background should be felt on the front, and interfaced quilting cotton on the back.

felt nativity advent calendar pattern

Do I need a Cricut Maker to make this pattern?

This pattern does come with SVG cut files for all of the scenes and people to make it quick and easy to cut out. The pattern also comes with everything in a PDF pattern format, so that you can make everything without a Cricut Maker.

felt nativity advent calendar pattern

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felt nativity advent calendar pattern

How to Make a Felt Nativity Advent Calendar

Supplies

  • Free felt Nativity Advent calendar pattern – get it at the end of the post behind the locked content box
  • Felt pieces 12 inches by 12 inches in all different colors
  • 1/2 yard white felt
  • 1/2 yard non-directional print quilting cotton OR 1 yard directional print quilting cotton
  • 1/2 yard fusible interfacing
  • Scraps of ribbon to make the loops
  • 2 small pieces of Velcro – hook side only
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Optional: Cricut Maker and tools
  • Optional: Black iron-on vinyl
  • Optional: Easypress
  • Wooden dowel
  • Wooden beads that fit onto the dowel
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and tutorial for just $3. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

supplies

Cut the fabric, white felt, and interfacing into pieces that are 15 inches wide and 30 inches tall.

cut out fabric, interfacing, and felt

Fuse the fusible interfacing onto the back of the fabric.

fuse interfacing to back of fabric

Cut 3 pieces of ribbon 6-8 inches long.

cut 3 pieces of ribbon

Fold the ribbon in half and pin the cut edges onto the top of the fabric: one on each side and one in the middle. Make sure the ones on each side are about 1/2 inch in from the edge so they don’t get caught in the side seam.

fold ribbon and pin to three places on top of fabric

Place the fabric and felt right sides together and pin. Sew around the edge with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and leave a 4 inch hole to turn it right side out. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew fabric and felt right sides together and leave hole

Clip the corners to reduce the bulk.

trim corners

Turn the background right side out through the hole. Press the edges flat and the hole pinched closed.

turn right side out and poke out corners

Edgestitch around all four sides to close the hole and to create a finished look.

edgestitch around edge to close hole

Use the Cricut Maker to cut out all the felt pieces OR cut out all the felt pieces by hand.

Use the Cricut Maker to cut the words and numbers out of iron on vinyl.

cut out all the pieces from felt and iron on vinyl

Get all the felt pieces organized. Weed the words and numbers and cut them apart.

weed iron on vinyl and organize the felt pieces

Sew velcro onto the back of one donkey and one baby.

sew velcro to the back of the donkey and baby

Glue the baby layers together. Glue Mary, Joseph, and the donkey separately and then glue them all together.

glue baby, mary, joseph, and donkey pieces together

Glue all of the scenes onto the background.

glue all the scenes onto the background

Easypress the words and numbers onto the background.

easypress iron on vinyl words and numbers in place

Cut the dowel to the right size and then glue the beads onto each end.

cut dowel and glue beads onto the ends

Slip the dowel into the ribbon loops. Tie a ribbon to the dowel so that it can be hung up. You finished!

slide loops onto dowel and tie a ribbon to top to hang up

Get the Free Sewing Pattern Below!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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cant get the free pattern to print