I have taken on the honorary duty of what I think my mom would have done for her grandchildren. I wasn’t selected or ask, it was more like self designation…but I don’t think anyone has any objections when it comes to homemade flannel pyjamas at Christmas.
The first pair of pyjamas I made were for my niece Delilah on her 5th birthday back in 2009. It was more out of nostalgia that I did it. My sister Allison had given me a piece of flannel fabric she had inherited from my mom’s fabric stash and I thought it would be fun to sew up a nightgown similar to the ones we had grown up with. You see, in a house of four girls and a mother that took pride in pretty sewn items for her girls, it was inevitable that we all had a flannel nightgown (or two) while growing up.
My favorite memory of the nightgown, while growing up, was how it wrapped around my legs and feet when I sat cross legged on the floor. And the spot worth fighting for, early in the morning, was on top of the forced-air heat register in the kitchen. If you strategically lined up the nightgown and bent your knees so the bottom of the gown just touched the floor, the gown would balloon up with warm air. And in the newfound cocoon of warmth the morning shivers and cold feet were resolved.
I think I’ve only missed one Christmas since 2008 that I have not sewn my nieces and nephews their Christmas gifts. Anything from their first library book bags, a lot of princess and NASCAR and cowboy costumes, with Christmas Pyjamas being the favourite the last few years.
I have 6 nieces and 3 nephews that have been a HUGE part of the joy in my life. I have loved seeing them grow up, I have loved having sleepovers with them and I have loved sewing for them! And this year was no different.
End of Year
For anyone that has been following my blog, ‘M Joy Textile Design’, this blog entry completes my one year challenge I set out for myself in 2017. My intention was to explore what ‘curious creativity’ meant to me while sewing through my fabric collection and documenting it via a blog, If you’d like to follow from the start, it all starts here, My Tinkering Challenge. I moved all my blog posts to this site and have renamed the blog ‘M. Joy – Mastering the Art of Joy’. I look forward to expanding my blogging world by exploring what JOY means to me and sharing it with you through the camera lens and with stories. Feel free to click the ‘Follow’ button to follow along as we move into 2018.