Countdown Calendars

I’ve always loved countdown calendars, but in the past, I’ve only let my passion for them find a home during the Christmas season. The first time I flipped through the pages of Countdown Calendars, I was dazzled out of my Advent-Calendar-for-Christmas rut and treated to a myriad of traditional and unique projects designed for all sewing levels.


Besides helping to reward patience and build excitement around anticipated holidays, countdown calendars can be used to celebrate any special event in life. Consider making a birthday countdown calendar, where each day’s passing is marked by adding a candle to a birthday cake. Or for your next big vacation, count the days until you leave with a calendar housed inside a suitcase and decorated with the theme of your destination. And don’t forget the little events that make life special, too. Use a countdown calendar to record the progress of a weekly goal or help your family keep track of their chores, or create one to post a sweet message to your loved ones every day of the week. And really, who doesn’t adore a piece of hand-crafted loveliness hanging on their wall reminding them to celebrate?


Countdown Calendars provides 24 of these project ideas and well-written instructions for each, complete with supply lists, patterns, and tips for assembly. The editor also includes a picture and short biography of each artist with their projects. I really like knowing a little bit about the person behind the creative genius. The fun fabrics and pieced designs in the photos provided just the right amount of eye candy and left me dreaming of projects I might attempt. Now that spring’s officially here, I might have to start the countdown to summer for my first project!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Meg, I love countdown calendars too. My only experience was with an Advent calendar, but I think it is a good idea with young children to build excitement about special events because time is hard for them to grasp. A fun countdown calendar beats the old method of crossing off a day on a traditional calendar big time! If you make a summer countdown calendar, please be sure to post so we can all see!

  2. Connie-Killarney says:

    I am head over Heels in love with this !!! How wonderful!!!!!!!!

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I am going to look for this book soon!!! Thanks for the information!

  4. Karlyne says:

    I could have used this earlier; we’re leaving for vacation tomorrow, and the kids would have loved this!

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