NEW FREE PATTERN – The Stripey Quilt + Pillow Sham

The STRIPEY QUILT PATTERN is here! And guess what…’s FREE!
If you’ve been wanting to jump into the quilting world, or try out one of my patterns for free, then today is your lucky day! (and the next day, and the day after that). This pattern will be free indefinitely.


Press the play button below, or watch it here on my channel:

The inspiration for the Stripey Quilt came from, well, LOVING STRIPES.
Other stripe lovers out there? Unite!

But the idea also started from the girls’ room makeover this past year (remember that recent post?). I really wanted yellow and white comforters for their room, but couldn’t find the right thing online. And I knew that I should just make them. But if I’m being honest, I didn’t feel like figuring out all the math, haah. So instead I kept searching online and eventually found some duvet covers at H+M that worked perfectly. And I put the striped quilt idea aside.

But I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I mean, yea, it’s just stripes. I know there are tutorials out there for it. But I thought this would be a great beginner quilting pattern to start with. And how cute would it be with a matching pillow sham? To create a complete bedding set??

And then I had that ultra duh moment about making a KING size pillow sham for the twin size bed, and well, I started working on the Stripey Quilt + pillow sham in all bedding sizes!

If you’re a beginner quilter, this is a great place to start. The quilt pieces are simple and large, and the pattern walks through all the basics of how to make a quilt from beginning to end.

Here are some details about the pattern:
• There are 5 quilt sizes
• 2 pillow shams (so you can make a complete bedding set)
• Detailed instructions
• Colorful diagrams + tips
• All the basics you need to know—like basting a quilt (making the quilt sandwich: Backing fabric + Batting + Quilt top), design ideas for quilting (the stitching on top), and how to bind your quilt.
• Instructions for making a pillow sham with (or without) pom pom trim!

Who needs more Pom Pom trim in their life?? I can’t say no to these!

If you’ve never worked with Pom Pom trim before, the pattern goes over that as well.
You can also reference my video for extra tips — How to make a Beach Towel with Pom Pom Trim (click the play button below or watch it on my channel here)

The pillow sham included in the STRIPEY QUILT pattern is something you can use over and over again when making any bedding set, even if you don’t make it stripey. It’s such a good staple. So make sure you download the pattern even if it’s JUST for the pillow!

Ready to get your stripe on?!

Have fun downloading, reading, cutting, sewing, all that fun stuff.
Please share your photos online with me if you’d like!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Fabrics used in this pattern are:
RINGTOSS Collection, by Emily Taylor for FIGO Fabrics.
You can find it in online shops, such as


Little Fabric Heart Bins + PATTERN SALE

I made something Valentine’s-y using my Hold it Bin Pattern + Squeeze Fabrics….Because it’s so fun to see fabric come to life when it’s sewn into a project. And really, I can’t resist making these tiny bins.

I wish I could send you a spritz of the freshly-opened-Reese’s-peanut-butter-hearts bag through the screen. Because it is soooo good. I’ve been saying this for years, but the best way to get fresh Reese’s peanut butter cups is to buy them during a holiday. They’re guaranteed to have perfect peanut buttery consistency! (Instead of being chalky and old). YUM.

And you thought this post was going to be about heart fabric.
And bins.
Okay it is!

Just pour some yummy candy in there and you’ve got a fun little gift! A handmade touch really makes a gift feel extra special.

And, since love is in the air….I’d  love to see you make these too!

The HOLD IT BIN PATTERN is 25% off until Valentine’s Night, 2/14/21.
Use the Code HEARTBIN at checkout.

And if you want to sew together….
• Watch me make this orange heart Gift Box on my Instagram Post here.
• Watch me make the Large All-Purpose Bin on my Youtube Channel here. (or click the Play button below)

These videos walk through all the basics, with good tips and tricks. I’ll even show you where I messed up. Arg. But there’s an easy fix!

The project is all about the prep: fusing the interfacing, cutting out the pieces, the felt layer, etc. And once that’s done, the sewing goes really fast! And the pattern comes in 14 sizes. So there’s something for everyone.

Happy early Valentine’s Day.
And Happy Binning!

💗 Pattern: The Hold it Bin
❤️ Fabric: Squeeze fabrics by me for  FIGO Fabrics
🧡 Interfacing: Pellon Decor Bond 809
💛 Felt: By the yard from a craft or fabric shop
☀️ Sewing machine BRILLIANT model by Baby Lock
🍋 Thread from Quilty Box

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 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!