Burlap Advent Calendar {{tutorial}} knock off style

This last weekend I made a DARLING burlap advent calendar!! 
I am in LOVE with it!
My inspiration?
This $99 Pottery Barn version :
 My version:

ONLY $4.23 (with tax)

Yup you read that right!!!
less than FIVE bucks!
I know you all want to make one too, so here’s how : 

I bought 1.5 yards of this mock burlap linen {for only $2.49 per yard at walmart}
Glue gun OR sewing machine
measuring tape

vinyl or fabric for the numbers

I used my NEW Silhouette machine to cut out vinyl numbers for my advent calendar!
I couldn’t believe how easy and fun it was to do!

after you have all your supplies gathered up
Then, fray the sides of your fabric by slightly pulling on the side strings until the start to unravel a bit
{one side of mine was already this way so I only had to do it to one side}
this step is optional
I just liked the look of it! 

fold and Cut your left over fabric into FIVE equal sections
and then cut that pile into five more equal sections
 {my rectangles came out to be about 5×4 inches}

now here is the tedious part…i decided to just glue mine but you could sew them as well!
fold down and iron all four sides
do the top and bottom first and then the sides

 glue down the bottom corners of the BOTTOM of your fabric

do this TWENTY FIVE Times…see tedious!! 

But well worth it :)

 after you have all your “pockets” made and laid out

{five rows by five rows}
glue them down

glue the bottom and the sides and press firmly down on the pockets
{the top of the “pocket” should be open still}

 after all your pockets are glued down
add your cute numbers to each pocket!
I used my Silhouette vinyl for the numbers
but you could also do it with paint or fabric! 

 lastly I folded the top and bottom inch over and glued it down leaving an opening to slide a metal or wood dowel to keep it straight and weigh it down!

 I attached a cute piece of fabric to hang it up with but you could just as easily use ribbon or some other decorate touch!

 and your done!!!
 A super cute advent calendar that saves you more than $95!!!!

I wish I could have shown you what this looks like up with all my Christmas decor BUT I don’t have it out yet :( 
If you make one of these or any of my crafts with my tutorials please let me know!! I love to see your creations :) 

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  1. 1
    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Super cute! I can't seem to master big projects with burlap. It always makes such a mess! I love it when I see a big successful projects made with it!

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    Simply Bungalow says:

    Love it!

  3. 3

    That is so cute!! =) Thanks for sharing!

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    Karissa Jade Ferguson says:

    Wow, what a deal! So looking forward to the giveaway :)

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    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    This is really cute! and its an advent calendar that I would actually use!

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    Great! I love how simple and elegant it is! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    The life of MeMe says:

    I LOVE IT! So cute. And it looks like a lot for then -5 bucks. You are a genius.

  8. 8

    This is soo beautiful! I love the simplicity of it! Great job.. hope you will share it with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2010/11/pink-hippo-party-4.html

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    I LOVE IT, just a little elbow grease and ingenuity and you have something adorable! I knocked off a PB Advent calendar this year too. You can check it out at http://rileyboo.blogspot.com/2010/11/otc-knockoff-pb-advent-calendar-part-2.html

  10. 10

    Burlap linen??? I NEED some of that!! Especially now because I need to make this calendar! I love it, great job!
    Amie @ http://www.kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

  11. 11

    So cute! Way to save some money! What are you going to put in there? I'm just curious. Thanks for sharing!
    I hope you can join my giveaway going on now! Have a great Thanksgiving!http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway-with-speckled-dog.html

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    Rebekah★All Thingz Related★ says:

    Love it!

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    McClure Family says:
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    Beverly @ The Buzz says:

    Good job! I almost didn't look at your tutorial because I assumed it involved the dreaded sewing. You're a girl after my own heart–give me a glue gun every time!

  15. 15

    omg how cute is that?
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  16. 16

    This turned out super cute! I love that you were able to use the Silhouette machine with it! I love my machine. You have a great blog, lots of cute ideas!

  17. 17

    I love any pottery barn knockoff! this one is absolutely fabulous :)
    I was wondering, out of sheer curiosity, if you could give one piece of advice or tip or trick to readers, about any project, what would it be??

    Have a wonderful day!


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    Mary @ Redo101.blogspot.com says:

    This is just plain nifty and thrifty! Love the price, love the look. I found you at the Silhouette linky party AND I "followed" your blog :)

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    Julia @AllFreeChristmasCrafts says:

    Hi Brittany,

    I absolutely love this tutorial! I think this project would be perfect for the readers at AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com! We'd love to link to you and your projects. If this is something you'd be interested in, let me know at jlitz (at) primecp (dot) com. Thanks!

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