Nov 30, 2011

DIY Burlap Sacks for Advent Calendar

Earlier this week I showed our advent calendar (with a free printable!) made out of burlap.  Today, I'll show you how I made all those teeny-tiny, numbered burlap sacks that are piled in the glass jar on my coffee table.

Advent Calendar

I pulled out a few old burlap bags that I had saved, along with my scissors (or you could purchase burlap at the fabric store, very cheap!).  I placed the print-out over the burlap and eye-ball measured the size sack I needed (that print-out is what will would be placed inside.  I cut around the paper.... and ended up with about a 3x2" size.  I cut out two pieces per sack....

Burlap Sacks

Burlap Sacks

... then held them together and sewed three sides together, leaving the top part open....

Burlap Sacks

Once the three sides were stitched together, I evened out the edges with a pair of scissors (this made a little bit of a mess!).  But now the sack is even!

Burlap Sacks

Then I wrote a number (1-25) on each sack for our advent calendar using a Sharpie maker....

Burlap Sacks

Burlap Sacks

Then I inserted the paper with the day's activity and sealed it with washi tape....

Advent Calendar

.... then piled them all into a glass jar on my coffee table....

Advent Calendar

We start using the calendar tomorrow.... December 1st!  How are you counting down the days until Christmas?

3 comments:

  1. SUPER CUTE!!!!!


    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations
    http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

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  2. I am looking around your blog. Love your use of color! I haven't found a lot of blogs yet that aren't afraid of bold bright( I like to call them happy colors) colors. This is nice. And especially love that you are working on a really small budget. I am as well!

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  3. I LOVE happy colors.... they make me happy! And I especially love it when they're used for the little things.... makes it easy to switch around, update (and stay within budget!).

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