Hit the Beach with Outer Banks

August 12, 2017   /   byHawthorne Threads  / Categories :  Feeds

Outer Banks Fabric Video Shoot

Please Enjoy our Sewing Inspiration Video for Outer Banks!

A few years ago my family and I spent our summer vacation in the Outer Banks, a barrier island beach along North Carolina's coast where salty seas meet golden, windswept beaches, made all the by more wild by the horses that roam free there. Our newest In House designed and printed collection captures this beautiful place that is at once rugged and serene.

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While we didn't make it down this summer, we got to relive our memories with some handmade pieces made from this new collection.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric 2

No beach day is complete without a proper beach bag, and we've been wanting to try out another Poolside Tote for a while now. All of our fabrics can be printed on Poplin, Quilting Cotton (Organic too!) and a Linen Cotton Canvas, so we went for the canvas for a sturdier tote. I always love a good border design so I had to go with the Galloping Border for the outside of the tote. The contrast straps are Seashells in Seaglass. And just peeking out of the tote you'll spy our beach quilt.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Poolside Tote Noodlehead

The quilt is our Winding Path faux patchwork design. These "cheater" quilts are great for beginner quilters, or if you'd simply like to sew up a quick project.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Quilt

We backed the quilt with the Musings print, which is a collection of watermarks with various quotes about being at the beach. We printed the front and back of the quilt on our Quilting Cotton fabric substrate, and bound it with Manchester Yarn Dye.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Beach Quilt

The quilt design works with the scale of the patterns in this line just beautifully.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Quilt and Poolside Tote

We also tried our hand at a beach umbrella! Often half the fun of designing fabric collections comes from the sewing projects they inspire.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Beach Umbrella

We purchased this Beach Umbrella from Ikea and replaced the panels with our own fabrics.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Beach Umbrella 2

The Galloping Border in the Peony version alternates with Watermarks in Peony , both printed on our Linen Cotton Canvas substrate.

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The beach chairs also came from Ikea and once again we simply replaced the fabric with our own, this time Musings in Multi in the Linen Cotton Canvas substrate.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Beach Sewing Projects

The pillows are made from our Panel Project.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric DIY Beach Chairb

They are printed on a single piece of fabric and can be cut up and made into a set of 18" pillows, as seen here, or they could also provide the centerpiece for a quilt. We printed these in our Poplin fabric.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric DIY Beach Chair (2)

This is my idea of a relaxing afternoon! Sometimes you can't beat a comfy beach chair and sand between your toes...

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric DIY Beach Chair (3)

The collection is at once wistful and nostalgic, with enough sophistication for all ages to enjoy.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Beach Sewing Projects 2

Sometimes there's nothing else I'd rather be doing than sitting on a beach with a good book in hand.

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And it looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree...

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Beach Reading Quilt

My daughter likes to tote around her own bag to the beach, both for the belongings she brings and the found treasures she carries home. This one uses the Liberty Backpack Tutorial from Purl Soho.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Bondi Dress

The dress is the Bondi Dress Pattern from Sew to Grow, which is perfect for beginner sewers. This was our first time making one and my daughter loves the laid back feel, just perfect for the beach. The dress offered a nice opportunity to use the Nags Head design, seen here in Cornflower Blue. We used our Quilting Cotton for this dress but the Poplin would work as well.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Bondi Dress Front

The back features a contrast yoke and box pleat. The dress has a slight high low hem, adding just enough style to this casual look.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Bondi Dress Back

With her re-purposed fedora and coordinating drawstring belt, she's got summer vibes from head to toe.

Hawthorne Threads Bondi Dress Outer Banks

As for me, I'm wearing the Maritime Shorts by Grainline Studio, sewn up in our Watermarks in Seaglass.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Canvas Fabric Maritime Shorts

The Linen Cotton Canvas is just perfect for these easy to wear shorts. Paired with a classic chambray shirt, you can't go wrong.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Fabric Apparel

Front and back pocket options make this a fun sew for an intermediate sewer.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Canvas Maritime Shorts

And to complete a casual beach look, a fabric necklace is a fun project for all ages.

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks DIY Fabric Necklace

As Mick says, "wild horses couldn't drag me away" from an afternoon with my girl. Thank you for following along with our creative endeavors. We hope you'll try some of the projects, and be sure to tag them on social media with #OuterBanksFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share!

Hawthorne Threads Outer Banks Apparel Sewing

And we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes VIDEO celebrating this springy line of fabrics! 

 


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