Upcycled Sailboat Pillows

I first want to send love and thoughts to all those left in the wake of Hurricane Laura. The Gulf Coast is where I’m from and all my family and childhood friends are still there so I watch the storms with a heavy heart wherever they go once they hit the Gulf. I’m always leery about donating to national organizations, because I’m not sure where the money is really going. I found this article with some local organizations that are already working to clean up the aftermath and help those in the path.  Hopefully, there will be a group that stands out for you if you are looking for a way to help from a distance.

With all that said, my happy place is an old beach cabin on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. I love sewing on the porch when I go to visit. And sometimes I sew things for the house before I get there. Like these sailboat pillows.

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A few years ago, I found these sheets at Goodwill and I couldn’t walk away from them! They were sailboat sheets from Pottery Barn Kids and I just knew they would be a perfect fit for something at the beach house. We’re always doing little upgrades here and there and the ‘middle’ room as it’s called had just received a new grey paint job and needed fresh curtains. (There’s the end room, the middle room and the blue room, even when it hasn’t been painted blue, it’s still the blue room!) I backed the curtains with yellow lining and extended that just about a half inch for a little yellow accent.

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And of course, the fabric hoarder that I am, I just couldn’t through away the scraps from the curtains. But what to do with those scraps???

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Make pillows of course!

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The yellow is one of my staples, so I still had some of that and ‘outlined’ each boat with it.

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Like the seahorse pillow, these were made before my invisible zipper phase started! I didn’t even have enough scraps left to make the back sailboat fabric. I used almost every inch of that upcycled sheet set!

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I didn’t get to visit the beach house this year due to COVID and my son asked me this weekend if there had ever been a year that we hadn’t been. And no, I don’t think in all my 20 years (ha! it’s been a few more than that) on this planet, I have never spent a whole year away from the beach house. Definitely not a year missed since the kiddo’s been around and I can’t remember another year that I’ve missed it. Let’s keep wearing our masks so we can get back to our well loved traditions whatever they may be!