Craft A Wool Felt Advent Calendar

Craft A Wool Felt Advent Calendar

The days are growing shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves are falling, animals are preparing to hibernate, and we are all called to slow down and rest as the temperatures grow colder. The festival of Advent is a balancing force to this darkness and slowness. It brings anticipation and expectation while we forge our way through the darkest months. The four-week festival of Advent calls us to grow closer with the natural world around us, honoring the four kingdoms of this natural world. 

four pocket wool felt waldorf advent calendar

Today, we welcome back our talented Creator of the Month, Josie, from @onwillowsbend to share how to make a wool felt Advent Calendar to mark each week of the four week festival. This pocket calendar is the perfect way to celebrate the joy and magic of Advent without feeling tied to a daily ritual. Children don’t need a daily gift or activity to enjoy the magic of Advent time. Fill the pockets with treasures corresponding to each of the four lights of Advent, and on the four Advent Sundays, your children can look inside and find a small gift. You could fill the pockets with some of the following suggestions or come up with your own ideas- 

Week 1, Stones Week - Crystals or seashells

Week 2, Plants Week - Flower or vegetable seeds, acorns, or gumnuts

Week 3, Animals Week - Tiny wooden animal figures or modeling beeswax

Week 4, Humankind Week - Small felt angels, candles, or a loving note 

applique bird on one pocket of a wool felt waldorf handmade advent calendar

Print the pattern here.

Gather Your Supplies

  • A 9x11" rectangle of wool felt in your choice of background color
  • A piece of felt measuring at least 8x8" in a neutral color for the pockets
  • Felt scraps in various colors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery and fabric scissors
  • A sewing needle and pins
  • A chalk pencil
  • A printed copy of the paper pattern
  • A straight stick and yarn for hanging

Start Your Craft

Begin by cutting out and shaping the pocket calendar background piece. Use a dinner plate as a template to draw rounded corners on the bottom end of your felt rectangle, and cut out.

Next, create the sleeve for the stick at the top of the calendar. Fold the felt over by 1" and pin in place. Sew along the edge using a whip stitch or a blanket stitch. 

To make the applique pockets print the calendar pattern page. Cut out the patterns and pin them to your felt. Then carefully cut around them. Alternatively, lay the pattern pieces on the back of your felt and draw around them using a chalk pencil and cut out. 

Applique the Pockets

Next, make the applique calendar pockets. Start with the shell. First embroider the shell using a backstitch to create a spiral pattern. Next, pin the felt shell onto a larger piece of background felt. Sew around the outside of the shell and around the inside cut-out using a whip stitch or blanket stitch. Cut around the shell leaving a small border of background felt. 

wool felt and embroidered shell pocket on a waldorf advent calendar

Next decorate each felt pocket with each applique design. First lay the appliqué pieces onto each pocket, when you are happy with the positioning, remove the top pieces and pin the bottom pieces in place. Sew in place using a whip stitch or blanket stitch. Continue to pin and sew the remaining pieces of felt. Finish by adding some simple embroidery stitches to the appliqué pictures. I used French knots for the center of the poinsettia flower and simple straight stitches for the candle and bird wings.  

applique poiensetta flower on a handmade waldorf wool felt advent calendar

An applique bird on the pocket of a handmade waldorf wool felt advent calendar

applique candle to represent the kingdom of humankind during the four weeks of advent on a handmade wool felt waldorf advent calendar

Now lay these four pockets in the correct order on the main calendar piece of wool felt. Pin in place. Sew around the sides and bottoms of the pockets, securing the top corners of the pockets with a few extra stitches for strength. 

pockets on a handmade wool felt waldorf advent calendar and small gifts to fit inside them like a small felt angel, dried flower, acorn, and pinecone

Slide the stick through the sleeve you created at the top of the calendar. Use a length of yarn or finger knitted cord to hang the calendar at child height. All that is left to do is celebrate the light of Advent each week! 

Our heartfelt thanks goes to Josie, our Creator of the Month. You can follow her on Instagram @onwillowsbend and find her Ebooks for sale here On Willows Bend.

We hope you all have a wonderful time crafting this beautiful Waldorf Advent Calendar, and it brings a special handmade touch to your advent celebrations. We can't wait to see how each unique calendar and celebration turns out! Don't forget to tag us @BellaLunaToys and use hashtag #BellaLunaToys when you share! 

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