Years ago, I re-created my mother’s Advent calendar and interpreted it as a quilt-as-you-go project, complete with template. The year I finally buckled down to make this for our family, I worked on one house a day each day in December, and had a completed calendar by Christmas Eve! Every year since, I have taken tremendous pleasure in bringing this piece out of storage and adding a ribbon here and a detail there, so that it becomes even more precious to our family as time rolls past.
If you’d love to have a family Christmas heirloom, but have lamented ever having the time to sit down and make something when November and December are so, so busy, maybe this is the project for you. One little house, every day, and a path for your paper doll family to walk to get to the chapel on Christmas Eve.
See the step-by-step instructions and download printable templates for each house on the Advent Calendar Sew-A-Long page–scroll down to the bottom for Day 1 and work your way up to the stained glass on the chapel window for Christmas Eve! (For more ideas, see the background on this project and a list of Advent calendar links here.)