Slowing Down to Make

My kids will likely never know the days when stores are closed all day and night on Thanksgiving but we managed to keep the shopping frenzy at bay for the most part during this long holiday break beginning with participating in the Bonfield Express Thursday morning, playing games and catching a movie. (The Bonfield is a 5k named in memory of Jim Bonfield a favorite teacher, coach, and counselor; it has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many in our community with the proceeds funding college scholarships for area seniors.)

Feeling totally inspired from meeting with my quilting group on Saturday morning, today, my daughter and I set aside some time to make a new pair of fleece pajama pants. We used a pattern we had used before from Heather Ross’ book, Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching, but added a few inches here and there to accommodate her growing frame. Altogether, we probably spent about one hour on the project. I also made a silent promise to her that in the coming weeks when life can get quite busy with shopping lists, parties, work deadlines, homework, etc., we are going to carve out some time each weekend throughout December to make something.

Making the pattern a bit bigger.

Pieces are cut and ready to sew.

Adding a ribbon loop to hang the pants from on the door hook.

Ready to wear!

Next on the list: a fleece t-shirt for Audrey, our Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. For fun, my daughter put a t-shirt onto Audrey this weekend and she actually really likes it; in fact, she seems a bit sad when it comes time to take it off! We think that she believes that if she wears clothes like ours we will soon invite her to pull up a chair to the dinner table. Stay tuned – if it turns out well, I will post the how-to here next week.

Happy making with your friends and family this holiday season!

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