Designer and blogger Heather Ross includes a variety of lovely "weekend" sewing projects for you, your kids, and your home in her book Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching. Some projects will only take a couple of hours to make, others are a bit more lengthy. Her pullout patterns in the back of the book make this book very sew-friendly! The step-by-step illustrations for how to sew the projects are adorable and useful. She even includes a handy "Sewing Basics" section and a comprehensive resources section.
If you like to sew for little ones, Ross dedicates an entire section to sewing for kids--including Ruby's Bloomers, Smocked Sundress, Kai's Shirt, Patchwork-Trimmed Baby Blanket, Huck Finn Pants, Flower Girl Dress, and Lucy's Kimono.
Here is a sampling of a few more of her sewing projects to make home decor and clothing for adults: Everything Tote, Fat Quarter Napkins, Guest-Room Slippers, Weekend-Away Travel Bag, Quick Garden Gloves, All-Weekend Sundress, Town Bag, Summer Blouse, Pajamas For Everyone, and a Kimono Dress. You can download her Quick Garden Gloves Pattern on her blog here. And you can follow Ross on Twitter here: @HRossTweets. If you want to attend one of her workshops, here's the link.
Time for me to return to my sewing machine. But first, maybe I need to whip up her recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream with Vermont Maple Syrup. Hope you are inspired to sew too.