Christmas Advent Calendar Quilt – Free Pattern Download

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Christmas is coming! It does seem to come around fast with a toddler in toe!

I love Christmas. It’s one of my ‘things’. I had fairly non-eventful Christmas’s growing up, Mum always worked and I have no siblings so it was just me, Dad and Nana on Christmas day. We always had a pleasant time but I have felt like I’ve missed out on something. I certainly didn’t have an advent calendar when I was a kiddo! (It’s official then, I was deprived!)

Toddler M is fast approaching 2. It has been an amazing ride, his learning seems almost tangible and it still boggles my mind the rapid change in just 21 months, it seems the perfect year to introduce him to the start of a family tradition – the Advent Calendar.

I have been compiling ideas and inspiration from other people’s creations for some time. I couldn’t find exactly what I was aiming for but there were a couple of things I was able to narrow down:
– Fabric was to be my chosen medium
– Count up the days (1-24) not count down (24-1)
– Same sized pockets
– Mixture of zipper pockets, button pockets and plain pockets

Here is what I came up with in the end, I’m happy with the final result and have started the Calender for the soon to be girl. I’m excited about the ‘girl’ version, a whole new world of trims and embellishments has been opened up to me. Sparkly, lacy, frilly – here I come!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD

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For the back, I quilted some simple squares together from most of the left over fabric of the front pockets plus a couple of extra scraps I had on hand. You don’t have to do a quilted back of course, but it can be a good way to use up scraps. This post by I’m Feelin’ Crafty was used as inspiration for the corner and top flaps to hang the quilt.

I made my own binding for the quilt using some more left over material from the front pockets, working with a strip size of 2 ½ inches and machine sewing it to quilt using a fancy stitch detail. Here is a great youtube video showing you exactly what to do.

Free Pattern Christmas Advent Calender | https://bubblesbeforebathtime.wordpress.com/

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Free Pattern Christmas Advent Calender | https://bubblesbeforebathtime.wordpress.com/

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If you do happen to make a Bubbles Before Bath Time Advent Calender, please email through a pic to susan@myfoodobsession.com I would love to see it!

Pavement Painting thanks to Pinterest

I have been meaning to expose toddler M to more arty activities as his co-ordination and comprehension increase in capacity. He had a go with painting late last year during a session at playgroup but at the time seemed more interested in eating the paint rather than applying it on paper!

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

I was thrilled when I spotted a recipe for ‘Sidewalk Chalk Paint’ last night while on pinterest. It took just a minute or two to whip up this morning and wallah! A fun, cheap painting activity ready to go! I was slightly disappointed with the limited range of food colouring I had on hand… I could have sworn I had more? So toddler M only had a choice of green, yellow, pink and white to play with but he didn’t seem to mind. I can confirm the paint ccomes straight off with the flick of the hose and the paint that made it onto his onesies washed out too.

Here is the recipe courtesy of Creatively Blooming‘It’s simply 1 part cornstarch to 1 part water.’

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint

Pavement Paint