I've read quite a few blogs where the authors have made this in a couple of days but they actually know how to sew so have a distinct advantage!
After Mum repeatedly telling me she would help me but would not do it for me it was time to pin the pattern to the fabric, one pin in and I've already done something wrong. According to Mum there is a certain way to put a pin in
Mum: "stop pussy footing about and just cut it"
So I did, apparantly my hand was in the wrong place and didn't make big enough cuts each time but I got it all cut out, 3 brown panels, 2 green and contrast panels for the doors.
Before removing the pattern from each piece of fabric Mum informs me I need to do tailor tacks to mark the points on the pattern
Me "tailor tacks?"
Mum "yes, just put in tailor tacks"
Me "repeating it's not going to make it any clearer, what the hell is a tailor tack"
At which point I think Mum is really regretting agreeing to help.
One quick lesson later and I'm busy putting in my tailor tacks. By the last panel my pattern has become really weak and is starting to come apart in places but I get there.