Ticking, denim and burlap are still some of my favorite materials to create a nautical look without going overboard. They are subtle and classic. Here I've used a deep navy and off-white ticking along with denim to create two of the designs. By adding a nautical applique to one and some dock line laced through a few grommets, the nautical style pops. I couldn't resist when I saw the navy and white seagull cotton print.
Same with this soft red, off-white and blue brushed denim. I clipped a corner and filled it with a solid denim and separated them with a touch of 'rope'. The navy burlap sports an anchor applique of the same brushed denim with dock line woven around the flange.