For months I had been seeing blog posts from some of my favourite crafty bloggers about Heather Ross‘ ‘Weekend Sewing‘. Having just got up the confidence to actually sew things a few months ago, thanks to Amy Karol‘s ‘Bend the Rules Sewing‘, I liked that everyone stressed how simple Heather’s designs were to make, and how well she explained each project in the book. So I went ahead and ordered it from our local online bookseller, Kalahari.net. It took a while to arrive because it had to come in from the US, and then it sat on my ‘to-do’ shelf for a while because I had lots of work to do and an exam to write. But after too long not making anything that excited me (except for quickly slipping in a set of kitchen curtains last weekend, see below), I decided I had to set aside time this weekend to make something. There are lots of exciting projects to choose from in the book, but with winter setting in here in Durban, and the cutest lightweight fleeces now in stock at my local fabric store, I decided the time was right for matching mother/daughter ‘snuggle pants’. ‘Pajamas for Everyone’ was perfect, with sizes ranging from Kids Small to Adults Large. I made a pair for my daughter and a pair for myself in the course of one afternoon, and we’re both happy as pie with our new pjs. Next up, retro rocket pants for Father-Son snuggling…

These pictures were mostly taken by my son, who got overexcited that he was being allowed to use the camera, so they’re a little out of kilter, but hey, so’s my sewing….

Mother-Daughter Snuggle Pants

Mother-Daughter Snuggle Pants

I used the Kids Small/Medium for my daughter.

I used the Kids Small/Medium for my daughter.

Adults medium for myself

Adults medium for myself

Did I mention that last weekend I made curtains for my kitchen? Yes I did. You’d think this would be the most straightforward thing in the world, but not so much. Firstly, I had this beautiful fabric, a Makoti wax print, that I knew was the perfect thing, but it just wasn’t quite wide enough. My sister-in-law and I debated endlessly on how to fix this problem, and then on which fabric to use as a border to widen the final curtain. You can see in the picture that I still didn’t get it quite right and the curtains are ever-so-slightly narrower than I’d like. Nonetheless, the green cotton I used for the border works beautifully with the Makoti print, and Sandy’s clever idea of using bias binding to finish the edges (to save on hemming because of the width problem, of course) finished the curtains off perfectly. I keep looking at them and smiling, and it’s a week later. I just love this print and I’m thrilled I found the perfect place for it.

Took me a while to get them right, but look at that gorgeous print.

Took me a while to get them right, but look at that gorgeous print.

The kitchen wall, now looking 'finished' with curtains on the window. Yes, it's a tiny kitchen.

The kitchen wall, now looking 'finished' with curtains on the window. Yes, it's a tiny kitchen.

And finally, it being a grey, wet and definitely indoorsy day here in Assagay, this is the fantastic creation my children are working on in the lounge as I play around with my blog:

A very messy lounge, but look at the colour and fun.

A very messy lounge, but look at the colour and fun.

PS: It’s after 11am and my daughter and I are still wearing our snuggle pants. If we can avoid leaving the house today, we may just not get dressed at all. They are soooo comfy and snug.