Advent Calendar Bunting

Learn how to make your very own Advent Calendar Bunting, such a fun way to display advent gifts and get creative this festive season. Check out the corresponding YouTube tutorial: DIY Advent Calendar Bunting. Download the free pattern: Advent Calendar Bunting Pattern.

Start by collecting the supplies and equipment you require:
– Scissors
– Pins
– Ruler or Tape Measure
– Pencil or Chalk
– Fabric (bunting) – we used Cotton Canvas
– Fabric (pocket) – we used 100% Cotton
– Bias Binding
– Optional: Fabric for Appliqué & Bondaweb or Embroidery Thread

Start by downloading the free advent bunting pattern from the website: Advent Calendar Bunting Pattern.

Alternatively draw out your own shapes onto paper or card:
– Triangle: 8″ (20cm) Height, 7 1/2″ (19cm) Width (top of triangle)
– Triangle Pocket: 4 3/4″ (12cm) (measure up from bottom point)
– Rectangle: 8″ (20cm) Height,  5″ (12cm) Width
– Rectangle Pocket: 4 3/4″ (12cm) Height, 5″ (12cm) Width

Position the bunting template onto the wrong side of the fabric. If you have a patterned fabric check the placement and position of the pattern on the template. Draw around the template with a pencil or removable pen.

There are NO seam allowances on the pattern pieces. Draw around the shape adding a seam allowance of 1/2 (1cm) for ease.

Cut out the shape along the outside line.

You will need to cut out 2 of the larger rectangles or triangles in the exterior fabric and 1 of the pocket shape for each of the pennants.

Decide on whether you would like to complete rectangles or triangles, the same process applies for both shapes. You will also need to decide on the number of pennants you are planning to make (if you are creating advent bunting this could be 24 or 25).

If you are planning on adding a number or initials onto the bunting we recommend that you complete this now, whilst the fabric is flat. There are a number of different options to consider; hand embroidery or machine appliqué. Check out our corresponding YouTube tutorials for hand embroidery stitches and machine appliqué techniques. You may wish to interface the WRONG side of the pocket to stabilise the fabric if you are working with machine appliqué.

How To: Back Stitch (Appliqué)
How To: Stem Stitch
How To: Appliqué (3 different stitches)

We decided to complete a stem stitch in the format of numbers for a Christmas Advent Calendar. To complete embroidery we recommend that you draw the number or letter onto the RIGHT side of the fabric using a removable pen or chalk. Try to centre the letter or number and be consistent.

Complete your chosen method of embroidery or appliqué prior to continuing with the bunting. Complete on the RIGHT side of the  pocket fabric.

Start by working on the pocket. Turn the TOP edge of the pocket fabric to the WRONG side by 1/4″ (5mm). Press.

Turn over another 1/4″ (5mm) to the WRONG side to hide the raw edge of the fabric. Press.

Pin in position.

Edge stitch on the sewing machine, 1/8″ (3mm) away from the open folded edge. Complete for all of the pockets you are creating.

To create the pennants position the pocket onto the RIGHT side of one of the exterior pieces of the bunting. This is how the bunting will look from the RIGHT side when it is finish.

Lay the other piece of the exterior fabric on top of the pocket and exterior fabric (RIGHT sides of the exterior fabric together).

Pin around the edges, along the draw line. You should be able to match up the original drawn lines from all of the pieces for accuracy.

Sew along the drawn line, down the sides and bottom of the pennants. Do NOT sew along the top edge.

You will need to turn the corner (twice on the rectangle, and once on the triangle). To turn the corner, position the needle accurately into the drawn corner marking. Lift the presser foot and turn the fabric. Position the press foot down again to continue sewing.

For accuracy when you near corners you can use the wheel on the side of the sewing machine to walk your stitches, so that you don’t sew past the corner point.

Trim the seam allowances down to half, 1/8″ (3mm) away from the stitching line. Trim threads.

Cut off the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn the pennant around to the RIGHT side.

Press flat. Complete as above for all pennants.

Lay out the pennants in the order you require.

Cut the length of bias binding you require for the number of pennants you are working with. This will also depend on the gap between each of the pennants (we decided to position the pennants touching each other inside the bias binding).

You will need to leave a small amount of bias binding free at the start and end of the bunting, to allow you to hang the bunting. We decided to measure a length of 15 1/2″ (38cm) from the start of the bias binding to the first pennant.

At the start of the bias binding turn under 1/2″ (1cm), to create a neat finish. Fold the bias binding in half and pin in position.

After 15 1/2″ (38cm), or your chosen length position the first pennant into the bias binding. The raw edge of the pennants should sit half way into the bias tape, wrap the bias binding around the edge of the pennants, pin in position. When pinning the binding we recommend you pin 1/8″ (3mm) away from the open folded edge of the bias. Check the pins come through the binding on the wrong side at the same point (this will make sewing accurate).

We decided to place the pennants touching each other inside the binding, however the distance between the pennants is up to you. We recommend you measure this for consistency.

From the last pennant, leave the same measurement of bias binding free that you used at the start (15 1/2″ (38cm) for hanging). You will also need to turn under the 1/2″ (1cm) to create a neat finish.

Once the pennants are pinned into the binding you will need to sew along the open folded edge of the binding. Stitch 1/8″ (3mm) away from the edge. Start at the beginning and sew along the entire length of the bias binding. Back stitch to secure at the start and end.

Congratulations you have created your very own advent bunting, hang as a festive decoration or make as an Advent Calendar. Share your projects with us on Facebook, and Instagram, we would love to see how you get on!