Make it: Advent Bunting Tutorial

November 9, 2014

It feels like a very long time since I shared a tutorial with you. I actually made this and took all the images last year but it was too late for advent. At last I can finally share it with you.

advent bunting tutorial

You will need:

Fabric for pocket (24)  3.5″ wide x 6″ tall

Fabric for flag fronts (24) 3.5″ wide x 5″ tall

Muslin or fabric for flag backing (24) 3.5″ x 5″

Bias binding (I used 1″ – 2.5m)

Iron on numbers 1 – 24


Quarter inch seams unless otherwise stated

I used muslin for the back of the flags as mine is designed to hang against a wall. You might want to pick something different if you would like the back of the flags on show.

My iron on numbers came as a set from eBay.


* Fold the pocket pieces in half along the long side and press. It will now measure 3.5″ x 3″.

* To make each flag lay the large front piece right sides up and place the pocket on top right sides up with the raw edges along the bottom. Ensure any directional material is the right way up.

advent bunting tutorial 1

* Align the bottom raw edges and then place the backing on top, right sides down. Pin together.

advent bunting tutorial 2

* Sew down one side, along the bottom and back up the other side using a quarter inch seam. Pivot on the corners and leave the top edge completely open.

advent bunting tutorial 3

* Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

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* Turn right sides out, making sure the pocket sits on the front. Use a chopstick or similar to push the corners out. Press.

* Add your numbers according to the instructions. Mine just simply ironed on. You could also use stamps to make the numbers.

advent bunting tutorial 5

* Take the bias binding and iron in half. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch and sew 10cm along the folded bias before adding the first pocket. Ensure all raw edges are enclosed before sewing along the bias securing the pocket.

advent bunting tutorial 6

* You can space your pockets however you like. I decided to have them close together so the finished bunting wasn’t too long but you could spread them out and have two sets of bunting – 1 to 12 and 13 to 24 if you preferred.

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* When all the pockets have been added continue to sew for a further 10cm so you have something to hang your bunting with.


I really love our home made advent calendars. We have the more traditional rectangular ones – I wrote a tutorial for that style previously:


I just love thinking of Christmassy things to do, and writing little notes to pop in each one. This year I have bought a Playmobil advent calendar which I will add odd bits to the pockets as we go through December. If they are lucky they might even get the odd chocolate coin.

If you like this Advent Bunting but don’t want to make it yourself I have this one for sale in my Etsy shop ***SOLD*** (along with lots of other Christmas goodies).


I am linking this post up with Chris’ Festive Friday which is back this week. Happy days.

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  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca November 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I love the advent bunting – the colours are great.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  • Reply Chris at Thinly Spread November 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Oh the Gorgeousness! I love this Kelly, thank you. Your tutorials are always so clear, they make we want to dig out the machine immediately (or finally buy the new one I’ve been going on about for ages – mine is now very dead!) Thanks so much for linking to #FestiveFriday 🙂

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