Zippered Christmas Countdown Banner

I mentioned recently that I have a short attention span when it comes to counting down to Christmas.  One year, I put together packages of activities and treats for the kids using the letters of the alphabet to help my son in his struggle to memorize them.   Another time I bought stockings, embroidered numbers on them and hung them all over the house with stuff inside.  More recently we’ve been using small filled gloves to mark each day.  The one I just made tops them all.  I might actually hang on to this one for a few years.

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This was an ambitious project for me, especially at this busy time of year.  I mean, making 24 of anything takes a while.  But it’s all thanks to the Totally Tutorials exchange program for hooking me up with K & C Supplies on Etsy.  I was allowed to choose zippers and buttons from her shop to work with, and it was so much fun!  I’m definitely going back to order buttons for some of my Etsy items.

How do you make this fun banner?  You’ll need this pattern, fabric for the fronts and facings, fabric for the backs (the same or different), fusible interfacing, 24 three-inch zippers, 24 buttons, 24 one and a half inch wooden disks, bakers twine and paper printed with numbers.

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Cut a front and back for each pocket from the fabric.  I used a basic muslin for the back since I knew it wouldn’t be seen.  Cut a facing for each pocket as well.  You’ll also need one interfacing for each.  Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the front.  Draw a rectangle onto the interfacing as shown on the pattern.  Mark the button placement.

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Center the facing over the rectangle with the right sides of both fabrics together. 

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Stitch over all four sides of the rectangle.  Make a cut through the center, ending about 1/4” from each ends.  From that point, clip into each corner, being careful not to cut the stitching.

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Turn the facing through the opening.  I find it easier if I iron each side toward the center first.

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Then push it through to the other side.

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Press it flat, then center a zipper underneath and pin in place.

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Stitch around the opening close to the zipper.  Using a zipper foot on your machine will allow you to get closer to the zipper and give it a neater look.

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Stitch a button over the mark you made for it.

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Unzip the zipper.  Pin the back to the front with right sides together.  Stitch all the way around.

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Turn right side out through the zipper.  Press.

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Cut a 5 inch piece of 5/8 inch wide ribbon for each pocket.  Pin to the top back of the pocket and stitch close to the upper and lower edges to create a casing.

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Repeat all of that 23 more times. Winking smile

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I got very lucky when it came to the numbers.  I found paper printed with them and they’re the perfect size.  If you have a hard time finding something like this, another option would be to paint them on. 

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Cut out the numbers and glue or decoupage them to the wood disks.

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Cut a 4 inch length of baker’s twine, make a loop and glue the ends of the back of the disk.

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Loop the twine around the button on the front of each pocket to hang.  String twine, rope, yarn, cord or ribbon through the casings on the back of the pockets.  The great thing about these is that you can string all of them together or just a few so they can be hung separately.  You could even hang them individually throughout the house!

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You can slip the number inside the pocket as you count down each day.

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Of course, that’s after you take out the tasty treat!

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My thanks to Totally Tutorials and K & C Supplies!

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24 thoughts on “Zippered Christmas Countdown Banner

  1. Thank you Thank you Thank you, I order a BUNCH of 3 inch zippers by mistake and they have been haunting me just waiting to find the perfect project and yours is it.

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  3. LOVE THIS! Right now, I’m making a denim pocket event calendar from old jeans pockets I have kicking around. When I first saw the picture of yours (with 24 zippers!) I about fell over! This tutorial makes me want to attempt it tho! :). I love love LOVEthe way you did the zippers! Genius!

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