August 19, 2013

Nautical Pillows for the Deck

As summer draws to a close,
time spent on our back deck becomes more cherished.
That's why I jumped at the opportunity
to stitch up some fabulous nautical pillows,
using these awesome prints from Terry's Fabrics!

has a vast selection of fabrics,
so it wasn't easy to choose between them.
 I had THE BEACH on my mind, so
my search for a focus fabric ended as soon as I discovered
this awesome nautical beach hut print.

I mixed in some fun coordinates:
an ocean blue geometric floral,
some sandy gingham, and fun beach-ball dots.

When I saw the fabrics in person,
I was delighted with the way my choices coordinated!
The prints were actually much larger than I had pictured them...
especially the dots...but that was a GREAT thing!

The quality is superior, and the fabrics were
highly cooperative, with no stiffness or tendency to fray.
All of my prints were home dec weight, except the gingham,
which was a lighter weight, more like quilter's cotton,
but woven...not printed.

I chose to use the gingham for my pillow backings,
and it worked perfectly, since I like to add a layer of
Pellon ShapeFlex SF 101 fusible interfacing anyway.

I kept the pillow top designs simple,
letting the fabrics play together in similar, 
but different strip sets, for the two pillows.

I stuffed my pillow forms inside,
and they were all set for picnics on the deck.

{I love the way the covers take up almost no space at all for winter storage,
and I can use the pillow forms for other covers.}

Beach huts, umbrellas, and bunting...
checks, stripes and dots...
just about all of my favorites are represented!

Terry's Fabrics is my favorite new find of the summer,
helping me to decorate my outdoor space.

Hmm...wouldn't the scraps make
the cutest beach tote???

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  1. Your pillows turned out beautifully! I love the colors and fabrics you chose!


  2. Amy these are just beautiful! I really love the colors and the prints are very cute! Our family goes to the beach for a week every year and these fabrics would make the cutest tote!!! :)

    1. Awesome cushions. I smile every time I see your cushion backs with the covered zips - I think 'I know how to do that' and I do because of your excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  3. All this fabulous sewing is making me itch to make something ..but i am sticking true to finishing up knitting and crochet projects before i start anything else!!

  4. I love these You always have a way with fabric and putting the puzzle pieces together so nicely.. And, of course, I'm glad to see your gingham! :)

  5. Wonderful pillows! I can say, this is you, color harmony, romance, joy!

  6. The cushions are gorgeous. They are so great to keep the summer feeling for just a bit longer!!

  7. Fabulous! and so summery. I love taking the covers off for storage, no fuss! I am getting to the zipped tutorial next!!

  8. I love these pillows. I just got back from the coast and I keep thinking I need to make something beach-like. The link to Terry's fabric isn't working for me. Am I the only one?

  9. Gorgeous cushions, love the back just as much as the front!

  10. that fabric is so so cute. love what u made with it.

  11. I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer.Thanks.
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