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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Create A Sailboat Applique Pillow

Hello adorable people!

The delightful KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms hosted a Sweet Tea Fabric challenge. For my project entry I decided to create an applique pillow made from her lovely fabric.

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Some of you may recall from the recent summertime home tour that there is a sailboat theme going on in the family room at Storybook Cottage.

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I had been looking for two lumbar pillows for the side of the road wingchairs but had had no such luck.

So, it was time to make my own.

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I first searched for free sailboat clipart. There are a wide variety of options. I selected two different styles and printed them out.


The challenge was to use only 5” x 5” squares of fabric from the Hoffman Fabric Sweet Tea charm packs so the printout pattern was sized accordingly.


You then just need to cut out the printout and use the pieces as a pattern.

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Various stitching can be used to sew the pieces onto the front fabric of the pillow.

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The back of the pillow was made from vintage fabric that once belonged to my mom, Nadine. I adore the happy polka dot print. The envelope closure means that the pillow cover can easily be removed for laundering. This is a  must in a home with two dogs and two kids.

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Don’t you just love how cheerful the Sweet Tea fabric line is?

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UPDATE: Voting has now ended. I am overjoyed to announce that the Sailboat Applique project was overwhelmingly selected as the winner by the Thistlewood Farms readers. To those of you who voted, my deepest and most sincere “Thank you!”

If you missed it, here is the link to the another Sweet Tea fabric project, the country cornhole game.

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It features fun fabric toss bags.

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Enjoy the day!



Manu said...

Beautiful pillows!!!
Just perfect for summer time.

Carole West said...

These Pillows are great and I love that you created your own design. Beautiful for this time of year.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Lisa said...

Laura these pillows look so adorable in your chairs! They are the perfect touch. The fabrics are so right on for your summer color palette

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Both are great ideas. The pillow is too cute with its little sailboats. Adorable.

Katie Mansfield said...

How adorable. I love them. So perfect for summer.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is terrific--looking for ideas for the lakehouse. You are GOOD!


Botanic Bleu said...

The sailboat pillows fit right in with your summer theme and are an excellent way to use the small Charm Pack sizes of fabric. I especially like how you used the sewing machine embroidery stitches in your design. The stitches below the boats are great "water".

Judith said...

Oh goodness, these pillows are adorable! So creative and brilliant!

Bonnie said...

I've decided you don't require much sleep. Not sure how you do all you do. I can't even get all the visiting I want to do done on blogland! I am always behind.
Your pillows are adorable and how nice you have the perfect place for them. Your applique skills are commendable. Your pillows look wonderful in your chairs.

Stacey said...

Laura, you did such an amazing job on this just as you do on everything! Your attention to detail amazes me.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

The pillows are so cute. You make it look so easy, I am inspired to try doing this.

Eilis said...

You make me want to learn how to sew more than a basic seam! Your lovely pillows are perfect with your nautical theme. I do find the selection of ready made lumbar pillows is limited compared to square ones.

thistlewoodfarm said...

I need those pillows.

And can you send over the slipcovers, too?

As always you are creative and wonderful and funny and amazing and you are my friend of the heart!

Thanks so much for participating in the challenge!

Happy day!

Carol Lander said...

Love the sailboat pillows Laura. So summer and so cute.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a great use of the charm pack fabrics, Laura! Your sailboat pillow is so perfect for your nautical theme for Storybook Cottage. You're so talented!

deborah said...

The pillows are fantastic, Laura! I love them.

Snap said...

I love your pillows ... the theme is perfect for summer. Love the polka dot fabric on the back, too. Looks like the Sweet Tea fabric projects are lots of fun.

Samantha Conner said...

Beautiful craft project- love fabrics you chose to use. So glad we got to do this challenge together!
:) Samantha

Jean | said...

Laura, I love those! My husband is a sailing aficionado, so I know these are some pillows even he could get enthusiastic about!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh your pillows are so cute! You're amazing at all you can do. Oh, my head is swelling with your sweet kind remarks about my little minis. I'd love to see yours.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jann Olson said...

I absolutely love the sailboat pillow! I need to make one next year to go with my July nautical theme!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

This pillow is os pretty!! Love it!! Thanks so much for visting!! Have a great weekend!

Carol said...

The pillows are so adorable, Laura!

Happy Weekend!

Sherry Nappa said...

Love the sailboats. So summery. Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday.

Amy Johnson said...

I absolutely love those pillows! So cute!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I adore the idea you had for your pillows. The pattern is perfect for summer or any kind of season if you're like me and he fabrics go so well together.