Christmas Advent Calendar Quilt – Free Pattern Download

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!


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 |

Free Pattern Christmas Advent Calender |

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


Toddler T.A.R.D.I.S. Tee

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

Yep, Hubby is a little geeky, he’s a massive Doctor Who fan (“old school Doctor Who that is, not the new modern shite the BBC are currently labelling as Doctor Who” …. blah, blah, blah). Personally, I quite liked the new Doctor Who up to and including David Tennant, but I’m not too fussed on the direction they have gone with the new guy?

As a result of his long lived childhood obsession, I have a house full of Doctor Who wares! There are books (alot of books), DVD’s (alot of DVD’s) and VHS’s (Yes, we are the only house on the planet who still have Videos!).

Then there’s the Doctor Who pinball machine, a bunch of Doctor Who memorabilia etc, etc, etc.

So we’re up to our eyeballs in Doctor Who and it is only a matter of time until toddler M is recruited to the family fan club! I thought I’d hurry the process along and make him a Time And Relative Dimension In Space (TARDIS) shirt. Hubby was thrilled!!

(BTW: My family fan club membership wasn’t optional, over the past decade I have been subjected to almost the entire 50 years of Doctor Who footage!)

So here’s what you’ll need to print your own TARDIS shirt:

  • My FREE downloadable TARDIS template .pdf (see below)
  • Cutting knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Silk screen
  • Fabric printing paint
  • Squeegee
  • T-shirt

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

I found this outline pic of the TARDIS, printed it out and started work on my monochrome paper template and just because I’m nice 😛 (and I know what huge Doctor Who fans you all are) below is my finished template ready for you print out and start cutting. All you need to do is cut out the black bits and you are good to go!


Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template

Next, grab your tee, lay down the cut out template and place the silk screen on top. Blob a dap of paint on the paper part above the cut outs and swipe you’re squeegee down until you have covered all the cut out bits. According to my paint instructions I had to bake my shirt for a couple of minutes to set the paint – so in the oven it went.

And there you have it! One Toddler Tardis Tee (and all finished before the time Hubby has stumbled out of bed)!

P.S. I can’t sleep-in anymore? What is with that?! Apparently I now only need 6 hours of sleep a night :(! (Ok, vent over.)

Free Download: DIY TARDIS T-Shirt printing template