DIY Advent Banner Tutorial

September 11th, 2014


Amy from Ameroonie Designs here today! It’s getting to be the time of year for counting down. I’m going to share with you a double duty advent garland.  It’s both a chance to count down to the upcoming holiday, and a lovely decoration as well.

Advent Garland


You will need 1 yard of fabric.  I used a fat quarter bundle so I could get a variety of different fabrics to use.Ribbon- at least 8 yards
light weight interfacing (optional)
sewing tools

Cutting Fabric:
24- 5″ X 10 1/2″ rectangles, 12 for outside of pockets and 12 for lining of pockets
12- 2 1/2″ X 10″ strips for pleated ruffle on top of pocket
12- 4 1/2″ X 10″ rectangles of lightweight interfacing, this is optional, but I love the added weight and stability it gives the banner.  If using interfacing, fuse it to the fabric that will be the outside of the pocket (or the pocket front).

Iron the strips for the pleated ruffle in half along the length.

Line the ruffle piece up with the top of the pocket front.  Add in folds to create pleats so the the short ends line up with the edges of the pocket piece.  Sew down using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press the pleats flat.
Cut ribbon into 10″ lengths- you will need 24 total.

On the lining fabric, pin the ribbons to the sides, 1/2″ down from the top.  Fold up the loose ribbon ends and pin to center of fabric to make sure they don’t get caught in the side seams in the next step.  If your ribbon has a right side, make sure the right side is facing down toward the right side of the fabric.

We are going to put the pocket front and lining together now.  The pleated top of the pocket should be opposite of the ribbons.

Place the two pocket pieces right sides together and pin.  Leave a 2 1/2 opening for turning, 4 1/2″ up from the pleated end.   The arrows in the picture show where the opening should be.
Sew around all 4 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Back stitch at the beginning and end of the opening.  Turn piece right side out and press.

Top stitch along the top of the pleated ruffle using a generous 1/8 seam allowance.

Fold the ruffle end of the pocket up toward the ribbon end 4 inches.  Pin in place.  Sew around all 4 sides making sure to close the opening that we left for turning.

The final step is to tie the pockets together to form a banner.


Fill the pockets with small gifts, treats or tags with activities to do written on them and enjoy your holiday season.

Thank you so much for reading.  I hope you’ll stop over to my blog Ameroonie Designs and see some of the other projects I have.

2 responses to “DIY Advent Banner Tutorial”

  1. Peggy E says:

    Nice to see something more original and really pretty.

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