Coral (scrap) Pillows!

Ok, are you tired of my pillows yet??? I hope not, because I have one more beachy batch of pillows left to share!

Seahorses, Sailboats and Coral, Oh My! So why am I calling them scrap pillows, you may be wondering… Well, back in the day I used to make a bunch of pillows and handbags and sell them around town at shops here in Seattle. I had a neighbor who worked for a very small company that did upholstery for boats. They would have bags and bags of scraps. Every couple of months I would go pick up a few bags to bring home and sort through. Based on the scraps, these boats they were sewing for are boats I will probably never ever spend time on unless I win the lottery! This fabric was in one of the bags! Just a pile of scraps…

My mom spotted the fabric and took it. When we were downsizing her house, I found it and took it back. I knew she wanted to do something with it, but probably never would. So I took it back and made her pillows.

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I made two square pillows. The unfortunate thing about this fabric, is that you could see the embroidery through the white fabric where is wasn’t behind the coral itself. So, to fix that, I lined the coral fabric with a dark grey fabric behind it. You can’t see any of the threads! For these I used my go to, middle lined with a thin line and then a wider border technique! Just like the seahorse and sailboat pillows!

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The border and back fabric is also fabulous scraps from my neighbor’s shop. It almost looks quilted, but it’s more like a sort of embossed fabric. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but it’s beautiful! The sand dollar just really pops!

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This is an early attempt at an invisible zipper. Not quite there, but it’s close!

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I also made two rectangular pillows. Same coral fabric, but these were longer pieces that I was able to capture these little corally, rose-ish swirls on the edges!

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For these I tried putting on a binding, just like I would a quilt. It turned out nicely. I don’t know if it’s the ‘correct’ way to do it or not, but it went together just fine. And I’ve used this technique again since I made these pillows.

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For these pillows I switched up the back and the zippers! I ran out of large enough pieces of the embossed fabric, so I went with this quilting cotton on the back. This was not scrap fabric, but it went perfectly with the colors of the coral so I couldn’t pass it up! And for the zipper, I did a lapped zipper rather than the invisible zipper. I had to change the zipper since I was doing the binding on the edge. That wuoldn’t have worked with an invisible zipper at the bottom.

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These were very well received by my mom! I hope she is still enjoying them. She did not like me taking the fabric back from her, but I think she made out on top in the end!

And I can’t believe summer is almost over and it’s already September!

 

A Chenille Starfish and Sea Urchin

As many of you know, I am in love with the sea urchin made out of recycled chenille by Parker Brown Textiles! Of course, I though I can make those… For myself of course, not to sell… Because, unfortunately, I don’t have the 80 bucks to spend on one at the moment. Sad, but true…

So I’ve been on the hunt for a used chenille blanket for months… Obviously people don’t donate them to thrift shops very often! So we went on vacation to the beach, without my pillows being made. Our first part of the trip was spent in North Alabama and the town had a thrift shop… We drove by it once and my husband asked if I wanted to go, and I said no, let’s just keep on track with our sight-seeing. All the time thinking to myself, ‘I’m saying no, but I bet there’s a chenille blanket in there.’ So the next day, where did we end up? In front of that same thrift shop, not once, but twice. So of course, we finally went in and what did we find??? That chenille blanket!

My third and final project made on the beach house front porch??? The starfish and sea urchin. I love my starfish, but the sea urchin… Not so much! The starfish looks like a really cool starfish, but the sea urchin looks like a chenille poof. not really a sea urchin.

not that there’s anything wrong with a chenille poof, it’s just exactly the look I was going for! There are obviously different types of chenille fabric and I think the one I got lends itself more to the starfish than the sea urchin. The next one I’ll add more side panels, I think that will help it. And I need to tweak the shape of the panels.

You’ll be surprised how far a $15.00 thrifted chenille bedspread will go. As in, next summer when I go to the beach you’ll probably see more chenille projects!

Coming up…. Next week is Kids Clothes Week Challenge! Have you signed up yet? I have and I have plenty of projects that need to get done. Then after that, more on my Southern adventures and some giveaways! Yea!

 

 

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Weekend Whims- The Beach!!!

I’m so excited! Every year we leave the Pacific Northwest’s dampness for a time at my late grandparents beach house that I have visited every single year of life! We typically go in May, but due to a few little work issues (like my lack of one and more dependancy on my husband’s) we had to move our trip up this year and we’ll be leaving soon!! Sweet Home Alabama here we come!

I’m always doing some sort of project while we’re there. I finished my first quilt there one year! So this week’s weekend whims is a look into my pinterest pages of projects I want for the beach house!

1. I have been in love with this frame wall by Toby Fairley Interior Design for over a year now!

2. Every year I mean to make a collage of our sea shell finds, like these by Martha Stewart. Maybe this year, we can!

3. As a kid we had an outdoor shower! It must have blown away in a hurricane or something. Who knows! I would love to follow this outdoor shower tutorial by The Handmade Home.

4. I soooo want to add swings just like these to our pier! (repinned via pinterest. I don’t have the link to the original posting. If anyone does, please let me know so that I can add it.)

5. I’ll never forget catching a sea-horse in the crab trap as a kid! We pulled it up and scooped out the crabs and put the trap back in. There’s always seaweed and jellyfish tentacles (yes, I’ve been stung a few times from kneeling in it as I put the trap back in) and that sort left on the pier from the traps. But this time, I just happened to see a little tiny sea-horse, not bigger than an inch long jumping around. Of course, being a kid I scooped it up and kept it. I loved watching it. That is until my grandmother poured it out in the dirty dish water… Again, I found it and kept it, but unfortunately the sea-horse had moved on to cleaner waters, so to speak… A little bit of my childhood fun at the beach. So naturally, I love this seahorse pillow by Matsutake!

6. Love how perfect a recycled chenille blanket is for this sea urchin pillow by Parker Brown Textiles. She also great some great starfish pillows as well!

Check out the other projects I’d love to do at my pinterest page!

And Mom, start looking for some frames for the coral frame wall in the middle room and an old chenille blanket for some pillows… and maybe soem vintage sheets for some quick quilts! wink, wink!