Sometime before Christmas, I found this pattern for a Nautical Pillow and thought it would be a fun gift for my nephew. I had some leftover fabric from his Going Coastal quilt and thought it would be great for this project. Since I was trying not to stress myself out with more Christmas sewing projects and I found another gift for my newphew Cole, I didn't end up making this at Christmas.
In January, I started looking ahead at the busy month of February and planning for my daughter's birthday, which is just a week before Cole's. I realized that I could make the pillow for Cole's birthday instead. He just turned one so I figured he wouldn't be too upset that he didn't get a toy and it would go with his quilt so well.
The pattern was very easy to follow and it was the first time I have sewn piping onto anything. Besides a leftover piece of Going Coastal, the grey and white is from Lotta Jandotter's Echo line and the red fabric is Manzanita Branch from Joel Dewberry. (I've always thought it looks like sea coral.) For the back and sides I used a striped fabric that I think came from a Christmas collection.
I'm very happy with how this pillow came out and I even had a little help from my son who stuffed it for me.