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accent pillow case baby floor Ruffled Square Pillows in Crisp Seersucker customized rustic pillow covers
Updated: 2019-09-23 22:09

In the whirlwind of today's designer quilting cottons with their amazing coordinated collections of prints and solids, it's easy to forget about the classics of the fabric world. We used our imagination to apply some old-fashioned goodness in a new way, creating a set of pillow covers wrapped in the Southern charm of candy-colored seersucker. These square ruffled pillows, with their rick rack trim and button placket back closures, look best as a big, cushy, colorful pile. All that's missing is a straw boateraccent pillow case baby floor, a bouquet of jonquils, and the honey glow of a lazy afternoon (ya'll can add that as soon as you're done making the pillows).

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Seersucker is woven so some of the threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in those "bunched" places. This rippling effect causes the fabric to stand away from the skin when worn, allowing heat to dissipate and air to circulate. It's what makes seersucker the fabric of choice for summer garments, especially in hot and humid climates, like the Southern US, where seersucker has long been considered a mainstay of any good summer wardrobe. This favorite warm weather fabric was also the choice for the summer service uniforms of the first female United States Marines. The "pre-wrinkled" texture means heavy pressing is not necessary. Because really, who wants to iron in the summer?!

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We discovered that the word, seersucker comes to English from the Persian words "shir o shakkar", which means "milk and sugar" and is probably a comparison of the smooth and rough stripes of the fabric to the smooth consistency of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar.

We found a lovely collection of seersucker from our friends at Fabric.com. There are classic stripes and ginghams as well as bold plaids, checks, and specialty stripes. The colors are as warm and happy as a country fair promenade. But remember, the secondary color in seersucker is always a true, snow white, never ivory. Keep It Crisp – that's our seersucker slogan.

We've taken this garment staple and turned it into the perfect home décor pillow fabric, adding big, fluffy ruffles, playful white rick rack, and a shirting-detail button placket to close the back.

NOTE: The fabric and supplies shown below are for ONE pretty pillow. But as mentioned above, they look best in a bunch... so multiply by two, three, four or five to make your own pretty pile.

The seersucker should be cut so the lines are all running on the vertical. The yardage above was figured with this in mind. This means all the "height" measurements should be on the vertical.

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas??? Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever

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