Christmas Advent Pockets




I designed this Christmas Advent Quilt for my children, my grandchildren, and for each of YOU. The quilt has 25 pockets that are perfect for hiding treats, small toys, coins, or even different Christmas activities that you can do with your children or grandchildren. I hope you are inspired to make this Christmas Advent a yearly tradition with your family.

I'm sorry about the last minute inspiration (sometimes that's how it comes) but thinking on the positive side of things. . . did you realize that you can take advantage of the Christmas Fabric Sales? Now hurry out and hit those sales and start working on it today so it will be ready for next year.


Finished Quilt Size: 37" x 53"
Finished Block Size: 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"


  • 1 Layer Cake of "Fruitcake" by Basic Grey for Moda
  • 4 Fat Quarters of Moda Wool in Red, Ivory, Black, and Teal
  • 1/2 yard Red fabric for block borders
  • 1/2 yard White fabric for block borders
  • Heavyweight Heat & Bond for numbers
  • 13" of Brown Snowflake fabric for large border
  • 1/4 yard of Brown Polka Dot fabric for small border
  • 2 yards fabric for quilt backing
  • 2 yards batting for quilt

  • 2 yards Red Medium Ric Rac
  • 2 yards Green Medium Ric Rac
  • 2 yards Teal Medium Ric Rac
  • 2 yards Brown Medium Ric Rac
  • 2 1/4 yards Red Jumbo Ric Rac




Part One:
Cutting the Layer Cake for Advent Pockets
& Fabric Yardage for Block Borders




1. Choose 25 fabric squares from the Layer Cake then separate them from the pack.

2. From each of the 25 squares you will cut the following:
  • Cut 1 foundation square 5" x 5" for inside pocket lining
  • Cut 1 rectangle 1 1/2" x 5" for top portion of pocket
  • Cut 1 rectangle 2 1/4" x 5" for top pocket binding/lining
  • Cut 1 rectangle 3 1/2" x 5" for bottom portion of pocket
  • Cut 1 rectangle 4 1/4" x 5" for bottom pocket binding/lining
3. You will be making 13 Red Blocks and 12 White Blocks for a total of 25 Blocks.

4. From the 1/2 yard cut of red and white border fabric, cut the following:
  • Cut 26 red rectangles 2" x 5" for side borders
  • Cut 26 red rectangles 2" x 8" for top and bottom borders
  • Cut 24 white rectangles 2" x 5" for top and bottom borders
  • Cut 24 white rectangles 2" x 8" for side borders


Part Two:
Making the Advent Pockets



1. Cut 2 pieces of Ric Rac measuring 5 1/4" out of any color you wish to use.

2. Choose the outside pocket fabric for the top and bottom pieces measuring 1 1/2" x 5" and 3 1/2" x 5"


3. Then choose the matching top and bottom binding/lining fabric pieces measuring 2 1/4" x 5" and 4 1/4" x 5"


4. Place the 1 1/2" x 5" piece with right side facing up on your sewing table. Then sandwich the Ric Rac in the middle with the 2 1/4" x 5" piece of fabric with right side facing down on top of the Ric Rac. Pin in place to prevent any shifting. Sew the seam using a 1/4" seam allowance.



5. Repeat this process for the bottom portion of the advent pocket. You will use the two pieces measuring 3 1/2" x 5" and 4 1/4" x 5"




6. Open the two fabrics revealing the Ric Rac inside. Press the larger fabric piece up and over and around toward the back of the pocket. This forms the pocket binding and the inner lining of the advent pocket.


7. Trim off any excess lining fabric.


8. Place the finished top and bottom pocket pieces on top of a 5" x 5" foundation square with the right side facing up. Make sure the bottom edge of the top pocket and top edge of the bottom pocket meet. Baste pockets at both sides of pocket opening to secure the pocket to the 5" x 5" foundation square.


9. Turn pocket over and trim any excess to match the 5" x 5" foundation square.


10. Repeat this process for the remaining 24 advent pockets.


Part Three:
Adding the Borders to Pockets


1. Divide your advent pockets into two groups. Group One will have 13 blocks with red borders and Group Two will have 12 blocks with white borders. Remember when it comes to dividing the blocks into groups that it's important to have contrast between the advent pockets and the border fabric. For example, you wouldn't put a red advent pocket with the red border fabric but, you would pair it with the white border fabric. The same holds true for the light advent pockets. The other 3 colors (teal, brown, and green) can be paired with either the white or the red borders.

2. The red border strips measuring 2" x 5" are sewn to the left and right sides of the advent pockets and the 2" x 8" border strips are sewn to the top and bottom of the red blocks.

3. The white border strips measuring 2" x 5" are sewn to the top and bottom of the advent pocket and the 2" x 8" border strips are sewn to the left and right sides of the advent pockets.


4. All seams are sewn using a 1/4" seam allowance and seams are pressed outward, away from the advent pockets.



Part Four:
Finishing the Quilt




1. Take the 25 finished blocks and lay them out in the following order:
  • Row One: red, white, red, white, red.
  • Row Two: white, red, white, red, white.
  • Row Three: red, white, red, white, red.
  • Row Four: white, red, white, red, white.
  • Row five: red, white, red, white, red.
2. Sew blocks and rows together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the block seams toward the red blocks and the row seams can alternate up then down on each row.

3. Now measure across the top row of blocks (it should be 37 1/2 inches). Cut two borders measuring 6 1/2" x 37 1/2" out of the brown fabric with snowflakes and two smaller borders measuring 3" x 37 1/2" out of the brown polka dot fabric.

4. Cut two pieces of Red Jumbo Ric Rac measuring 40." This will allow for any fraying that can be trimmed off later.

5. Baste Ric Rac in place, making sure to line up Ric Rac so that when you baste it onto the fabric, the stitching line will barely cross over the curves in the Ric Rac. Trim off the tops of the Ric Rac as seen in picture.


6. Place smaller binding on top of the Ric Rac with right sides together. Sew seams using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams toward the darker fabric making sure the Ric Rac lays on top of the polka dot fabric. Repeat for both bottom borders.


7. Take the two finished borders and sew one to the top of the quilt and the other one to the bottom of the quilt using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam toward the brown polka dot fabric.



Part Five:
Attaching the Numbers


I used 4 different colors of Moda Wool but you are NOT limited to using wool if you don't have access to wool in your area. You may use any leftover layer cake squares to make the numbers in place of the wool.

I used a heavy duty Heat N' Bond for the wool but I would use a lighter weight or medium weight if you decide to use fabric for the numbers. I tried to use the color of wool on each pocket that gave the best contrast. You can do the same if you use fabric. Remember that contrast is important.

To make the numbers, I used my Sizzix Die Cut Machine (an older version) along with a set of number dies (that are no longer available) to cut out the numbers. I realize that most of you won't have access to a die cut machine so, I've included 4 different fonts that are very similar to the dies that I used. I've included the numbers in the pdf download file for this pattern. You may also choose to create your own numbers by using any computer program like WORD or PAGES. You will want the numbers to be approximately 1 1/4" in height.


1. Follow the instructions for using the Heat N' Bond product especially if you haven't used it before. In the printer friendly version below, you will see that I've already flipped the numbers so you can easily trace the numbers to the paper side of the Heat N' Bond.

2. Cut around the outside of each number (NOT on the traced line).

3. Press each number(s) with shiny side down on the wrong side of fabric or on either side of the wool.

4. Using sharp scissors now cut out each number on the traced line.

5. Center the number(s) in the middle of the bottom half of the pocket, then press the numbers with your heated iron to activate the Heat N' Bond.

6. Now it's ready to take to the Quilter. A special Thank You goes to Kaylene Perry who willingly fit my quilt in to her busy quilting schedule. Kaylene has been my quilter and friend for many years now. Didn't she do a marvelous job quilting it? I love it!!!


Merry Christmas Everyone!

To CELEBRATE my 50th Birthday. . .
I'm having a giveaway!
So, if you want to play along visit me HERE.
See You There!

1 Advent Pocket Quilt

109 comments:

Jessica said...

Lovely!

Trisha said...

What a great project! You are so creative to come up with this. My kids would love this!

martimez said...

Happy Birthday !
I love your blogs !

schmidt1016 said...

Great idea for Christmas! And happy birthday to you!

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Suzan said...

Absolutely love this!

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Beautiful! I will definitely make this for next year!

Laura Jane said...

This is so cute! It would go perfectly with my christmas quilt, I also used the fruitcake line.

I'm thinking january fabric sales to get more fruitcake!

Gene Black said...

Great project. I am so glad you included the cutting diagrams. I think with pre-cuts that are being "re-cut" that is where so many readers get lost.

Martina said...

I love your project. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing this with us! And enjoy your birthday!

Mimi said...

Neat project! You will enjoy it for many years to come! Wishing you a happy birthday too!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Super cute idea and a wonderful tutorial! Thank you!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing:)

eamylove said...

Gorgeous project, and your attitude is mine...now is the time to stock up on Christmas fabric. No pressure, if I plan this one for 2011!

Briarside Lane said...

What a neat project... thanks! Great use of that layer cake. And Happy Birthday, too! ...Karen

Michele said...

I love it! Can't wait to get it started early ( I hope!) for next year! Thanks for sharing.

Patty D from NC said...

Very nice! That pocket tutorial could come in handy for other items as well. happy holidays.

Carla Edge said...

This is the cutest advent pocket calendar I've seen and I've been scouring the web. Love it and can't wait to make it for my boys!

Brenda said...

Great idea.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow Kim, this is SO cute. LOVE the rick rack. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas!

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday, Kim. This is gorgeous.

Karen said...

Happy half century! Cute project and pretty, pretty fabrics. Thanks!

Jessica said...

What a neat way to celebrate Advent! Happy Birthday!

Magicaldamselfly said...

I love this it is so fun for kiddos. I think my grandchildren will enjoy having one of these for next year. Thanks for the great tutorial.

quiltingjen said...

Happy Birthday! Great project!

Hattie said...

Fun times! I've been looking for a great Advent Calendar pattern! Thanks, Kim!

Linda said...

Great project! Will definitely be making this for the grandkids. Thanks for the chance to win! 8-)

em's scrapbag said...

How fun. I love the ric rac.

Lee Ann said...

Oh, this is exactly what I've been looking for. And, I can make it for next year! Bookmarked this! :-)

DebrafromMD said...

Great pattern. Thanks!

Mary said...

Thanks for a great pattern. I bet your family will really look forward to using it next year.

Michelle said...

This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Amazing! I'll have to get started for next year.

Lynn Osborne said...

I love this quilt!

Deborah said...

This is really darling. I'm printing it off and taking it shopping with me.

Mama Pea said...

Kimberly, this is so cute. It is hard to find a good advent calendar pattern. You have to go for it when inspiration strikes...whenever it strikes! :-)

Stephanie said...

This is adorable. I have been taking advantage of the christmas fabric sales and will be making one of these next year for my grandsons. What fun they will have!

Martha said...

What I love about this Advent Calendar is that it is BIG! You can actually put presents in the pockets.
mdehoop@hotmail.com

shelly said...

Happy Birthday! Love this idea and would make great gift for next year. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for the tutorial!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Such wonderful ingredients and garnishes! And the finished product...deeeeeelicious! The pockets kind of remind me of your tissue holder!

MGM

deserae said...

Great idea!

Material Mary said...

Fun advent calendar Kim!! You do a great job with your pattern as well. Have a Merry Christmas!
Mary

Carrie P. said...

Oh, that is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Vickie said...

Thanks for the super cute project, great tutorial, and for helping me decide what to make my kids next year for Christmas before this Christmas has even come and gone. I am totally stocking up on fabric! Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas! I hope that Santa brings you just what you want!

SoozeM said...

What a great project, thankyou for sharing!!

Marilyn W said...

Hi, This is WAY cool. Thanks for explaining how to do this.

Marilyn
marilynjw1971@gmail.com

Cindy said...

What a great project. My grandkids will love this...into the "for next year" file! :)

Hector said...

What a cute project! I'm going to start working on Christmas projects as soon as the 4th of July stuff is over.

My mother would always use the 4th to start on Halloween costumes. Since my kids are now grown, I've moved the Christmas stuff up.

Noela said...

Great project. Will print it out so I can collect fabrics and make it for next year. Thanks.
Happy Birthday.

Debbie B said...

Great project!

Lee said...

Lovely and timely project! j-j-s[at]juno[dot]com

Shannon said...

I love all the ric rac. So cute!

on vacation with di and Paul said...

once again I am completely overwhelmed and so inspired. I want to make all your somangeprojects.

amy smart said...

You are amazing as always, Kim!

Linda said...

Way cute project!! Can't wait to try it!

Peach Rainbow said...

It's beautiful!

Diane N said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I love this.

Gayle said...

Happy birthday. Great project!

Kay said...

Love this project. Happy 50th!

robin said...

What a fun project! Cute!

robin said...

I left you a comment at the Bakeshop! Love the calendar!

Jeane said...

Happy Birthday, celebrate in style. Love this project.

SewCalGal said...

Very cute design. Love the pockets.

Happy Birthday!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Michele Hester said...

Happy Birthday - i like this project a lot too!

Patty said...

I love your advent quilt. Adding the ric rac is just darling.

Rachel said...

Love it! And I was looking for an excuse to buy lots of ric rac (like I need an excuse...).

Micki said...

I love the advent quilt...such a great project!
Micki

Susan in SC said...

Happy Birthday. Thanks for all the inspiration on both blogs!

Christine said...

happy birthday...great project...

teachpany said...

Great quilt, and really pretty quilting. Love the pocket idea, and can adapt that look to other projects. Fun! Thanks.

dgnsbach said...

This is really neat and I think the kids will really enjoy it!
Great tutorial.

scottylover said...

Very nice! I have a layer cake I need to find a project for. This would be great!
Sandy A

emmy said...

What a generous birthday gift. Plus, the nicest advent calendar I've ever seen. Thank you.

desertskyquilts said...

Thanks for the chance to win the fabric to make this great Advent quilt! I love this project.

Gailanne said...

Love the project, and the AWESOME tutorial!

ps...Happy Birthday!

Terri. said...

Happy 50th!! What a great project!
tshaw6580@yahoo.com

paqui said...

Precioso !!!.
Feliz Navidad.
Besos desde EspaƱa.

Marcia W. said...

Happy Birthday! This is such a large beautiful quilt! Merry Christmas Eve.

MJ said...

Happy Birtday! and I love it!!
Thanks again

Mame Johnston said...

What a wonderful project this is. I've been looking for an advent calendar project to produce for my grands. This will certainly fill the bill. Hoping your 51st year will be filled with many blessings.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is the most complete tutorial ever for an Advent calendar Kim. Thank you for all the time you put into it!

VickiT said...

Wow! What a fantastic tutorial Kim. You've done an excellent job at this and a very thorough one as well. Thank you. I really love the way this is done and the fabrics you chose are great. Very pretty.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday too. Don't worry ~ 50 isn't that bad. I passed that mark a few years ago now. ;)

quiltma said...

Oh yes I came from bitty bits and forgot to tell you Happy birthday.

Paula said...

So lovely! Thank you for sharing
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

traceyjay said...

awesome advent calendar! Love it! :)

Cindy Sews said...

Awesome project. Happy Birthday!

Jane Biles said...

Your Advent Quilt is awesome! I bet your kiddos loved it!

Lee said...

This is very lovely! have a great 50th birthday also! thanks!

Marianne said...

Love this. Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaways you are offering.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Happy Birthday. Very nice project. Congrats on that as well.
thanks for the giveaway
~a

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Happy Birthday. Very nice project. Congrats on that as well.
thanks for the giveaway
~a

Patty's Stitches said...

Nice project and also what a great give away! Happy Birthday Kim!

Shari said...

Can't go wrong with fruitcake and ric rac. Yummy! And just love that holly leaf quilting. Very good tutorial!

Sinta Renee said...

I love your projects... this one is especially sweet! Happy bday Kim!

Heartsdesire said...

Wish I had this pattern earlier in the year. However, I have it now and my two young grandsons will love it next Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing this.

WandaFish said...

Hi, I've come over from bitty bits - Happy 50th to you, congratulations!
What a lovely project! I didn't have enough time to make something for this year but would love to have a go at making this Advent quilt for Xmas 2011 - my little girl would love it :)

Quiltsmiles said...

Kim, I popped over here from bitty bits. WIshin you a terrific Birthdya and a Very Happy New Year. Love your contribution to the Moda Bke SHop. I heart this site!
Jane

Kristy said...

Fabulous design idea. Happy Birthday.

Kim and Jim said...

I'm going to make a bunch of these for next year! I've been looking for a great advent pattern, this is just perfect.

Happy Birthday to You!!
Kim
kimdodds42402@yahoo.com

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

What an adorable project! I love the rick rack trim! :-)

Tanzie said...

I love, love this fabric! and I love the pattern of the Christmas Advent Pockets!

MoeWest said...

Happy Birthday! This is a great project. I'll be making one for next Christmas.

Anne Marie said...

This is adorable. I just love this. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you had a great birthday!

Lynn said...

Hey Kim! Love the quilt!

Dianna said...

Love the fabric, love the ricrack, love the project. Happy Birthday!

Beeshebags said...

Happy 50th, Love the quilt...am going to see if I can make one through the year for my DGD. Hugs Naomi

Chris said...

Cute quilt! Love the fabric too, nice job Kim!

Donna Joy said...

Wonderful advent quilt, every child needs one of these they are so much fun. I made and advent wall hanging years ago for the kids, I sure had fun filling the little pockets with fun gifts. Love it. Happy birthday to you, 50 is great.

Kim said...

Okay this gonna be a great project for my granddaughter for next year!
What a nice job you did!

Happy sewing

Zlaty said...

Great project Kim! Happy B-day!
I have a lot of Christmas fabrics and you can use lots of them in your pockets!

Happy sewing!