Keeping an Advent calendar has been a cherished custom since the mid-1800s, when many families used candles or wooden blocks to count down from December 1 to Christmas Day. This charming take on the tradition features an interpretation of the tussie-mussie sewn from bits of toile.
- Sew twenty-five V-shaped pockets with scraps of fabric.
- Inside the top corners of each pocket, hand-stitch lengths of wired ribbon for hanging.
- Number the assortment with embroidery, charms, or adhesive figures.
- Fill with sweet treats, or tuck a posy of dried or silk blossoms into each cone.