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Day #4: The 12 Days of Christmas

Welcome to Day #4 of the 12 Days of Christmas: Fig Tree Style! Each day we will have a different kit, a different sale and even a few giveaways along the way. Join us each day so that you don't miss out on a single thing. We are so excited to share all of our goodies with you!

Day #4




I know its a little bit late for this, but that's just how we roll around here. This morning I realized that I had wanted to share this super simple advent calendar that we created as a family last year. It works with any age kids! So before we share today's special, here is a quick how to on the calendar.








Quick Steps to Make Your Own:

Step 1: Quilt a 27" x 36" piece or use an already quilted scrap. Even easier, start with a pre-quilted piece of fabric- we used a pre-quilted cream flannel that we like to keep on had for projects just like this one. Trim it down to 23" x 32".

Step 2: Cut (4) 3 1/4" strips of red binding. Join pieces and bind the background piece all the way, making 1/2" wide binding [which basically means that you sew exactly like a standard quilt binding but  1/2" away from the edge instead of the standard 1/4" seam allowance].

Step 3: Cut (25) 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" pocket pieces in a variety of reds, creams, green and greys. 

Step 4: Fold the pocket pieces in half lengthwise so that the piece you have is 3 1/2" x 4 1/4". Sew up the 2 sides and turn inside out.

Made pocket

You will now have a pocket that has the fold on one end, raw edges on one end and sewn up sides. Press well. Do this for all 25 pockets.

Step 5: Using your favorite erasable pen, make the following lines horizontally across the calendar:

6 1/2" from the top

5 3/4" from the previous line

5 3/4" from the previous line

5 3/4" from the previous line

5 3/4" from the previous line.  


Step 6: You will have a total of 5 lines along which you will align the 5 pockets on each line. I worked from the center of each line, centered the middle pocket and then positioned the remaining 4 approximately 1 1/4" away from each other on both sides.

Working one row at a time, position the pockets as described above, with the raw edges 1/4" above your marked line, with the pocket facing downwards. Pin each pocket in place and sew on the marked line with a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching well on both ends. Repeat for all 5 pockets in that line.



Step 7: Flip the pocket up so that the raw edge bottom is now hidden "inside" the pocket. Stitch up both sides of the pocket. I angled the edges of the pockets in a tiny bit in order to create some "room" inside the pocket. If you sewed up the side in a perfectly straight line, you would get a perfectly flat pocket. But if you nudge the top of the pocket into the center a bit and sew it up, then you will create a bit of "pocket" each time. Repeat for all the pockets, all the rows.

Pocketssewn on

Step 8: Press some fusible webbing product such as Wonder Under onto a couple of coordinating charm squares or scraps. Hand out the backed scraps to your family members and tell them to cut out whatever Christmas images they would like. When they are finished, simply press the images onto a few of the pockets. I don't know how many years this calendar will last, but the family sure did have a lot of fun making it! I wonder if everyone will remember which cut outs are theirs. I wonder if the husband will fess up to which one was his too LOL!









As for the Day #4 Special... All MODA Snuggle fabrics are 15% off! We have coral, aqua, cream and yellow and let me tell you that they make the most beautiful and snuggly quilt backings you have ever felt!

For any quilt up to a 60" lap size, you won't even have to piece the back because MODA Snuggles are 60" wide. 


Our favorite way to use them... is on the front and back for kid's quilt. Cut up a few strips or squares of your favorite Snuggles colors, sew them together into a simple quilt top, back it in their favorite Snuggle color and that will be the quilt that they don't want to part with!

My 10 yr. old son's favorite one has a bunch of strips and a giant cotton fabric "Z" appliqued right in the middle. My daughter's, has a few appliqued flowers and a ruffle from our Whimsy Fresh pattern. The possibilities are endless!



We use Snuggles for everything from scarves, to stuffed animals, to pincushions, to slipper linings to baby blankets....









12 Days of Christmas Special Day #4:

All Snuggle colors and Snuggle related patterns are 15% off  

[through Wednesday].


Great ideas. I'm sure my granddaughters would love a quilt made from Snuggles. I love the Advent Calendar too.

Cute idea for the calendar. The Snuggle fabric looks so soft!

The Snuggles scarf has always intrigued me and I will just have to make one for my niece. The advent calendar is adorable.

The advent calendar is so cute! I think I'll make one for my grandkids. I especially like the idea of them making the decorations for the pockets themselves. That should be interesting!

That scarf looks great and is a wonderful gift idea.

Lots of lovely gift ideas. Thanks for sharing the advent calendar.

love all the projects thank you for much for sharing them.

What an adorable advent calendar - I loved those when I was growing up.


Very cuddly , thanks.

thanx for all the ideas ... i see lots of new projects here.

Snuggle fabric sounds so comfy to **snuggle** up with!!

Oh gosh those snuggle animals are just SO cute!! Really cute! You've really outdone yourself with those.

Cute idea, I wish I had more time to make it for my Granddaughter's

Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Grace submitted a comment on Day #4: The 12 Days of Christmas

You could always make it with them sometime this holiday and they could use it next year. Thats kind of what we did!


Perfect to make one for my Girls cos tomorrow is the 1st and we should have one up and filled
Hugs Dawn x x x

What a great idea for a family project. Thank you!
I love the Snuggle Fabric, I received some for a gift and it`s like getting a big, warm hug every time you touch it :0)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your advent calendar!!! I really want to make one, thanks for the directions.

Love the snuggle projects. I have trouble getting my pin cushions to look nice and smooth like yours. What do you use as the filling?

Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Mary Kay submitted a comment on Day #4: The 12 Days of Christmas

We use a combo of crushed walnut hulls for heaviness in the bottom and center and then stuff the outside and top with cotton or poly stuffing. We also stuff it very, very full.

Best of luck,


My favorite Christmas carol is "I'll Be Home For Christmas" it reminds me of the Christmases that our family was not all together because my brother was serving in Viet Nam. This might seem that it should bring back sad memories but since he was returned to us safe and sound it fills me with such a sense of gratitude and joy for all that he has done with his life and the love he has added to mine.

My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night. We always close the Christmas Eve service with this carol while holding candles which are lit by passing the flame person to person. Simple and beautiful!

Joanna, I remember listening to and singing Silver Bells when I was young and thinking it was the most beautiful song. I still Love it!!

My favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know. Its a religious song and I love it.

thankyou for the recipe and pattern, love the beautiful fabrics, favorite Christmas song is What Child is This

I love your fabrics and I just displayed my red and green flying geese quilt I made from one of your kits a few years ago. Everyone loves it! Thanks. My favorite Christmas song (or one of my top favorites) is "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"

My fav is Holly Jolly Christmas an oldie by Burl Ives

My favorite carol is Oh, Come let us adore Him.

I love OH, little town of Bethlehem.

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