Christmas Adent Calendar Pillow {CCC}


SO I know I already posted this tutorial, but it was during the week of giveaways and kind of got lost in the shuffle! I thought I’d re-post it for the Christmas event, so it will be easier to find in the future. :)

I’m all about Christmas advent calendar s… did you see the one I posted Tuesday?  When I saw this one from Ballard Designs, my head started spinning with ideas.  I wanted to create something simple and NO-SEW, so that anyone could make it.


This is what I came up with. :)


To get started with this Christmas advent calendar all you need is one standard size pillow. I think I found this one at Wallmart for less than $5 (check your local thrift store too).  The first thing I did was measure the pillow. It was 18×18 in and I needed five columns, so I marked every 3.6 inches. Then I cut 18 in strips of ric rac (make sure to burn the edges) and used tacky glue to glue them down.


Then I pulled out my beloved cameo and cut the numbers 1-25 on the stencil vinyl. Ooo another thing I love about the cameo is you can adjust the rollers and use all your 8 in media still.


Then I cut each of my numbers out and peeled away the actual number creating a stencil.


Next, I placed the numbers on my pillow to see where I wanted them and then laid the transfer tape on top. Then you’ll peel the bottom layer away and stick the number to the pillow. Make sense? At this point your ready to paint. Make sure to use fabric paint. I did a quick coat over each number and peeled away my stickers.


Then I super glued a mini clothespin to the inside of a bottle cap (found at Hobby Lobby) so I would have something to clip on the ric rac for each day leading up to Christmas.


I thought it needed a little more of something so I added the pom trim along the top and bottom. I love how this Christmas advent calendar turned out!

What do you think?! Something fun, and different! Gah.. I can’t wait for Christmas!!

Thanks for reading! :)

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Annette A. posted on November 3, 2011 at 10:44 am (#

    very cute and creative..

    • Jamielyn posted on November 4, 2011 at 10:08 am (#

      Thanks Annette!! Have a great weekend!

  2. Mauri posted on November 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm (#

    I love this! Super cute

    • Jamielyn posted on November 4, 2011 at 10:08 am (#

      Thanks Mauri! Happy Friday! {hugs!}

  3. Kristina posted on November 4, 2011 at 6:19 am (#

    Cute Idea!

    I want to make this now :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 4, 2011 at 10:09 am (#

      Thanks Kristina! You’ll have to show me if you make one! xoxo

  4. Sommer posted on November 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm (#

    I love it!

  5. justine posted on November 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm (#

    This is so adorable! I am dying to get one of these vinyl cutters. I have a little sewing and fabric craft linky party I’m starting tomorrow and I was wondering if you could be so kind to stop by and post it? Thanks so much!
    Sew Country Chick

  6. Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm (#

    I love it!! What a great idea!

  7. Laura at Corner House posted on November 12, 2011 at 9:26 am (#

    This is really cute. You are right I totally missed it during the giveaways, but I love it and I featured it on my blog last night.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm (#

      Thanks Laura! I really appreciate it! Xo

  8. Ivalex posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm (#

    Hi, I like this pillow, original idea. My direct families already thinking about calendar. But we will make plain, but with the participation of my children. Greetings from me and the Czech Republic.

  9. Shirley posted on August 29, 2012 at 5:39 am (#

    Oooh, I love this. This is definitely not my area of skill, but its gorgeous to see. My toddler has a pillow obsession so it would be nice to have something like this at Christmas time this year. I’ll be on the lookout! Thanks for sharing, this is such a sweet idea!