Hit the Beach with Outer BanksAugust 12, 2017 / byHawthorne Threads / Categories : Feeds
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.
While we didn't make it down this summer, we got to relive our memories with some handmade pieces made from this new collection.
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.
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.
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.
The quilt design works with the scale of the patterns in this line just beautifully.
We also tried our hand at a beach umbrella! Often half the fun of designing fabric collections comes from the sewing projects they inspire.
We purchased this Beach Umbrella from Ikea and replaced the panels with our own fabrics.
The pillows are made from our Panel Project.
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.
This is my idea of a relaxing afternoon! Sometimes you can't beat a comfy beach chair and sand between your toes...
The collection is at once wistful and nostalgic, with enough sophistication for all ages to enjoy.
Sometimes there's nothing else I'd rather be doing than sitting on a beach with a good book in hand.
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.
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.
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.
With her re-purposed fedora and coordinating drawstring belt, she's got summer vibes from head to toe.
The Linen Cotton Canvas is just perfect for these easy to wear shorts. Paired with a classic chambray shirt, you can't go wrong.
Front and back pocket options make this a fun sew for an intermediate sewer.
And to complete a casual beach look, a fabric necklace is a fun project for all ages.
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!
And we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes VIDEO celebrating this springy line of fabrics!
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