Going to the fabric warehouse is a very disciplined undertaking for me. But I’m weak when it comes to buying fabric. Especially the fabric remnants! I went in to purchase the rest of the fabrics needed for another project. So this purchase was a total impulse reaction. Tommy Bahama Fabric on clearance for $4 a yard. Usually sales for $12++ a yard. I only purchased 1-1/2 yards because I had no idea what I would do with it. But I was drawn to it. That night while sewing (another project) I was watching Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. This episode he travels to Tanzania for an African safari adventure. My question was solved….inspiration found….The Tommy Bahama Bahamian Breeze Fabric united with Exotic Wild Animal prints!! (Silly me)
The fringe was also in the remnant bin and it complimented the Tommy Bahama Print. The soft suede cheetah print I already had. Since it was only a small amount of TB fabric, pillows was the best choice. I decided to make left and right banded pillow covers with contrast lining.
Of course I could not stop there with only pillow covers, I still had fabric left! The rest of the cheetah print I made into a valance with the Tommy Bahama fabric as a contrast band and ascot. Also, tie backs for the mock canopy. The fringe was used on the lamp shades. My excuse to change the décor: This seems more accommodating for the colder months ahead, with warmer natural hues.
This was the before: From Bohemian Playfulness to Exotic Sentiments: The changes made:
- Pillows, Bolster and Bed Scarf
- Window Treatment Valance
- Canopy and tie backs
- Added glass top and table skirt to side table
- Vignettes modified on bedside tables
- Lamps and pictures
- Added chair under window
- Crystal Pull cords for fan
- Faux fur bedside rug
- Bamboo silk plant in corner
To think it started with 1-1/2 yards of $4 clearance fabric. Most of all, I went shopping around the house, garage and closets. Here is the tutorial on the pillow cover. Click to enlarge. The bolster and coordinating bed scarf was made years ago, so a tutorial on the bolster I’ll have to do, soon to come.
Here are the other colors in the same Tommy Bahama print found on Fabric.com
Now then; I guess I can get back to the project I was doing before all of this impulse got the best of me.
Cozy up for the chill and why not try some exotic sentiments here and there while you sew, create and enjoy loving your home. See ya soon.
Check out Fabric.com for beautiful fabrics and Houzz.com for creative inspiration.