WALLPAPER + The Bedroom Makeover

It’s January. And we’re in that let’s-tackle-ALL-the-home-projects mode. I think Casey likes it. Actually I know he does. He always wants to “do stuff”. He’s ready to start sawing away on wood trim, or chopping down dead trees in our backyard. He likes to get things done. And I do too. But…I’m usually the one dragging my feet to get back into home projects, when I’m in the middle of a sewing project, or fabric design, or quilt patterns, etc. Do you find it hard to shift creative gears too? That could be a whole other blog post.

So. The current project is to update Owen’s bedroom.
But first, let me show you the girl’s room makeover! The one that I promised to show you after we finished all the Board + Batten. That was a fun project (since Casey did all the work. Haah.)

Maybe I should retitle this post:
Casey does fun things to our house,  one room at a time.

Okay. Enough rambling.
Let’s see pretty pictures!
I love how the girl’s room turned out. The wallpaper really gives it some personality (based on my favorite fabric print in the BLUSH collection….which I used in the First Day Dress video. You can find that pattern here)

And here you go!

The room is still pretty simple. We could definitely do more with it (I totally need one more pink blanket on that other bed). But I really love it. I’m a bit minimalist (which is code for “I’m tired of decorating this room and want to be done with it”) So I love how the woodwork and wallpaper are really the stars of the show here.

If you want to add wood features to your walls, I highly recommend it! I’m not an expert, and before we tackled this room I looked at tons of ideas and info on Pinterest. But here’s my detailed post about our process:

I wanted to use one of my own designs, and I wanted the wallpaper to be simple to install—different from the wallpaper in our dining room which  required sanding off wall texture, and a professional to hang it. So I tried out Spoonflower, which was overall good. It’s cool that you can mock up your designs and see how it would look on a virtual wall (see the pics below). And I love that you can purchase samples. I got about 6 samples of my various designs in different colors and shades. Ultimately, I ordered the “Removable Woven Wallpaper” (you can see my exact design here) which is like a giant decal/sticker. You just peel off the paper on the back, and then stick it or reposition it as needed. For this one wall, we ordered 6 rolls.

Technically according to the Spoonflower site, you are supposed to remove any texture from the walls….which we didn’t do because we just wanted to get started! And our texture is minimal (orange peel) so I figured we’d just go for it. I hung the paper, while Casey cut around the tricky spots.

(3rd alternate title for this blog post: Can your marriage survive hanging wallpaper?
Thankfully yes).

(Real life scenes from the room—bad lighting mixed with all the cluttery stuff that my kids keep in dresser drawers).

And the next morning, we loved it!

Until….disaster happened.
Can you see the wallpaper? UGH.
We went on a 3 week long trip in the summer (of 2018) and came home to Lucy yelling from upstairs, “Mom! I think there’s a problem with the wallpaper”!

Haah. No kidding! It all peeled off while we were gone. I was so bummed. And I was worried that it was totally ruined. But surprisingly Casey and I were able to peel it off itself and smooth it back up on the wall. I was amazed that it wasn’t creased or torn. I added double-sided tape to the top of the wall to give it extra support.
But then….when we went on another weekend trip that month, it fell down AGAIN!
What. Is. Happening?
Make a fool of me twice, that’s on me.

Yes, it may have been the texture that we left on the walls. But I think it was actually the temperature we left our house at, while on a trip. We kept leaving the thermostat at 85 (in the summer) so our A/C wouldn’t come on as frequently. And I think that was affecting the wallpaper. Since then we’ve read that it’s not good for your walls/house to do that, so we’ve left it at a more reasonable temp.
And to really SECURE THE PAPER IN PLACE, I got 3M mounting tape and placed pieces at the top of the wall behind the wallpaper. It’s been fine ever since! For 2 1/2 years.

We added gold touches to the room with lights and a round mirror (all from Target).  I thought it would look cute to have sconce reading lamps above their beds, and would have preferred wall-wired lights here (so you wouldn’t see the cords). But it just wasn’t working out, so I found these adorable plug in, mid-century lights on Target.com. They were out of stock for 5 months and I thought it was a lost cause, and then one day they had them back! Yay! Looks like they no longer carry them. Boo. But they’re technically called the Glass Globe Sconce Wall Light Brass by Project 62.

I put dim 25W bulbs inside so they give a calm glow when we’re reading together at night.

Here’s another BEFORE and AFTER.
We added some new dressers from Living Spaces. That place is awesome. The Alton Dresser (and night stand) were half the price of the West Elm version.

The Bunk Beds are just from Amazon. Our exact one is not listed anymore, but something similar to these.

Also from Target, we found this gorgeous hanging lamp with chain. It looks cool the light looks at night, sparkling through the little holes:

And for anyone who thrives on symmetry….yep. This archway is not centered on the wall. And it bugs me. There’s more room on the left side of the room, than the right!….which drives Clara crazy because she doesn’t have room for a night stand. Big problems here.

A great design combo is floral + stripes, but I was having the hardest time finding just the right striped bedding online. I was about to make my own striped quilts (which inspired my new Stripey Quilt Pattern) But then I spotted these duvet covers on H&M (they also come in blue!) DONE.

And though it might not be “proper” for twin size bedding, I made King size pillow shams because it’s SO much more cozy to read a book next to someone when you’re sharing a King size pillow! The duvet set came with a twin size pillowcase, but since that wasn’t big enough, I bought an extra duvet set and used that as fabric for my pillow shams. I’ll have to share a separate tutorial for that.

And that’s a room tour!
2 years after the fact…which is why this little girl had an exciting idea last weekend for the room….

“Let’s put the beds back together as bunk beds! Lucy and Owen got to sleep in bunk beds and I never got to!” So we set them back up. And Lucy can barely fit on the bottom bunk without hitting her head.
Sooooo, now Lucy’s moving to the guest room and the house projects continue!

TUTORIAL + VIDEO: Circle Skirt with Enclosed Waistband

We’ve sewn A LOT of circle skirts together over the years.
Looking back at the original tutorial it’s crazy to compare little Lucy twirling around in a plaid flannel skirt, with older Lucy today (almost 15 years-old) twirling around in another flannel skirt….in front of a white wall. Haah. So many pictures in front of white walls.
Life is flying by! The kids are growing up! I guess that’s why I’ve made a lot of circle skirts. They keep growing out of them.

CIRCLE SKIRTs we’ve made:
Kid skirts
Adult Skirts
BABY Skirts — with downloadable pattern piece
Double-Layer Skirts + Double-Layer BABY Skirts
Costume Skirts
Poodle Skirts!
How to Hem a Circle Skirt
How to Cut Curved Lines

One of the most frequent questions I get is:
You’ve come to the right place!
Let’s do it.

If you’re a VIDEO person, you can watch this project by clicking the play button below (or watch it on my channel here.)

And you can watch the original circle skirt video here:

If you prefer step-by-step photos, here you go!


• 1-2 yards of fabric (cotton, flannel, chambray, lightweight denim, knits)
• 1-inch-wide elastic (I prefer braid elastic–similar to this)

PATTERN: You need to create a “1/4 of circle pattern piece” to fit your waist size (or hip size). See the graphic below for figuring out your measurements. For additional detailed info, watch my video here and tutorial here.

For kids – I would go with the waist measurement. The extra 2-5 inches depends on how gathered you’d like the waistband to be.
For adults – I would go with the hip measurement. Or try the waist measurement + 2 inches. It’s a bit of trial and error since everyone has a different hip/waist ratio.
Fabric Width – It can be hard to find fabric wide enough to make a full circle for adult sizes. If you can find 60″ wide fabric, that’s a good option. If not, you can cut 2 semi-circles and sew them together with side seams. Bonus to that, is that you can add side seam pockets! Check out my detailed video here.

1. Cut out your fabric. Fold your fabric in fourths (fold it in half, and in half again). Place your 1/4 circle pattern piece on the folds, and cut around the curved areas. If you’ve folded properly, you have a full circle when you’re done! For more help see my detailed video.
2. Cut out your elastic, the same size as your waist measurement. You do not need to add any extra length for seam allowance. I find that the elastic tends to stretch just a bit as it holds up the weight of the fabric.

3. Cut out your Waistband Piece: 3.25″ wide x (the waistband circle + about 5 inches of tail) long We need to add a separate piece of fabric for the waistband, rather than simply folding the skirt fabric under (as we’ve done with a simple skirt). If you remember from math class, convex and concave lines won’t lay flat when folded over like that. So….
• Length: Measure around the inner circle of your skirt—the waistband circle—then add about 5 inches to that length. This is how long we want to cut the strip of fabric. We don’t need to be precise with the length right now.
• Width: If you’re using 1-inch-wide elastic, cut your strip 3.25″ wide. How did I get that number? The elastic is 1 inch wide and the fabric will go around it on both sides (it will be folded in half). So let’s give some wiggle room there and say 1.25″ +1.25″ for the elastic areas. We’re at 2.5″. Then add a .25″ seam allowance for each side. Now we’re at 3″. Then add one more .25″ for extra wiggle room as we’re sewing. 3.25″
If you’re using 2-inch-wide elastic, you’ll need to make adjustments.

• Press the two long edges of the strip over 1/4″ to the wrong side of the fabric, then fold the whole thing in half, length-wise. And your waistband piece is ready to go!

4. Attach the waistband piece. Start with the WRONG side of the skirt fabric, and the RIGHT side of the waistband fabric together (I know that sounds wrong in your head, but the waistband will eventually fold over to the right side of the skirt. Note: my fabric does not have a technical wrong or right side. But if yours does, pay attention to that detail)
• Start in the middle back of the skirt, leaving a 2-3 inch tail on the skirt, with the raw edges of the fabric aligned together (unfold the previous creases made with the iron). Pin the strip of fabric around the waistband circle, pinning all the way around:

• Sew the ends of the waistband piece together. When the two ends of the fabric join back up, there will be a tail of fabric on each side. Match the pieces together and mark a line where we need to sew the waistband together (you can use a fabric marker, or place a line of straight pins to guide you). This will enclose our waistband piece for a nice precise fit. You can see this in-action in my video above.

5. Sew the waistband to the skirt with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew right along the previous crease that we made, which gives you a 1/4″ seam allowance.
6. Fold the waistband in half (along the previous crease) so it folds over to the RIGHT side of the skirt and pin it in place. Make sure the final creased 1/4″ edge is tucked under as well, so all the raw edges are enclosed.
7. Sew the waistband in place, leaving a 2 inch opening in the waistband. I like to mark this with double-pins so I don’t accidentally sew it closed.

8. String elastic through the skirt. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and push it through the waistband opening. Attach the other end of the elastic to the skirt with another safety pin. Push the elastic around the casing (careful not to twist the elastic) till it comes out the other side of the opening.
9. Overlap the ends of the elastic 1 to 1.5 inches and sew them together with a zigzag stitch.
10. Sew the opening closed. Pull the waistband taut, and sew along the same the stitch line from earlier, sewing the gap closed.

11. Hem the skirt. Fold and press the edge under 1/4″, all the way around. Then fold it over another 1/4″. And sew it in place! If you’re having trouble with this step, watch my How to Hem a Circle Skirt video here.

And you’re done! 
One gathered up circle skirt, with an enclosed waistband.
It kind of looks like a giant scrunchie!

Enjoy your twirl!

Squeeze the Day QUILT

I’m so happy I can finally share this with you!…in all it’s full-size cheerfulness!
This is the quilt I made for the Quilty Box January subscription box.
It’s called the SQUEEZE THE DAY QUILT.

If you missed my last post….I am the guest designer at Quilty Box for the month, so I designed a fun pattern that comes in the January box, along with my SQUEEZE fabrics to make the quilt, plus some other surprises and goodies.

This is a baby size quilt 42″ x 48″, so if you’re new to quilting it’s not overwhelming.
It was fun to take most of the “basics” prints in the Squeeze collection and come up with a simple quilt that uses a FQ (Fat Quarter) of these 7 prints. And then of course figuring out which fabrics to use for the backing and binding is part of the fun as well.

Note: in the QuiltyBox you get all the Squeeze fabrics, but you will need to supply the white background fabric, binding, and backing fabrics. Hawthorne Supply Co. is an awesome shop that carries all the SQUEEZE prints.

I’ve been sharing a bunch of process photos on Instagram this month. And what is it about WIP quilting photos??  They are much more fun to take than photos of a sleeve going into the armhole of a dress. Haah (guess I need to work harder on those WIP garment-sewing photos).
But seriously, it’s been so fun making quilts this year and documenting the process along the way!

This quilt pattern is Beginner-friendly and like my other patterns, I like to include all the details you’ll need—like how to attach the batting/backing, and ideas for the “quilting” on top, and how to attach the binding. I wish I had a video to go with it! (though you CAN watch two IG videos of me sewing these flying geese here…and quilting the top here) But I have quilting video goals for the coming year. And if I say it out loud, I feel like it will happen.

A couple things I tried differently this time around:

1. Spray basting. Some of you recommended this over safety pins. And I was skeptical. But it worked pretty great! (I used the Odif 505 spray) There are a few kinks I need to work out myself…like a couple spots that have small folds that bug me. But I’m sure I will get better with the spray basting next time around.

2. Machine sewing the binding. I actually still prefer to hand sew it…but I was pressed for time, and I wanted to try it out (machine binding is really fast!) I know everyone loves different stages of quilting. And I love that moment at the end where you sit with your quilt and quietly hand sew the binding in place.

This wavy print on the back of the quilt might be one of my favorite parts. At first I thought I’d use the Oranges or Lemons print for the back, and I’d use the wavy lines for the binding (wouldn’t those lines look AMAZING as a binding? Another quilt.)

But I feel like a quilt just speaks to you. I love holding different fabrics next to the quilt top and then boom! When you find the right backing, you just know it. Btw, another great thing about this size quilt is that you don’t have to piece the backing together. It’s just the WOF (width of the fabric) on the bolt. Ding!

Okay, one last bit.
A little surprise! 

There’s a personalized label in the box! Designed by me!
The labels are printed by Jammin Threads, which are really awesome, and so soft.

Was that a long enough post??
Tis the season to be excited about happy colors and saying goodbye to 2020.
If you want to snag box, you can grab the Classic Box (this quilt you see here) or the EPP Box (English Paper Piecing, with a smaller project)

Happy Quilting!
And Happy New Year’s Adam (and Eve….my kids are obsessed with saying Christmas Adam. I love it)