Scrappy Anchor Pillow DIY

Scrappy Anchor Pillow DIY

We are in the process around here of getting my daughter ready to move into her dorm room. (wait. what?) In denial of the fact that she won’t be living with us all the time starting next month – I’m throwing myself into a frenzy of making all the things.

We’re going for a nautical theme in the room in fun, bright colors. So fun. It was perfect timing when Caroline of Sew Caroline asked if I would be a part of the tour for her new fabric line – Gleeful Fabrics. Um – hello adorable fabric. I thought an anchor pillow would be a fun way to show off the fabrics – and fit in great with Becka’s room!

Anchor Pillow DIY

This was super easy to make up too. It looks all complicated with the patchwork but it goes together really quickly.

Pretty Patchwork Anchor

Aren’t those little swirls just the cutest? I want to make up a sundress in this yellow fabric. It’s so fun.

Darling Anchor Pillow DIY

So let’s get started!

You’ll need:

  • 2 fat quarters (or 18″ x 18″ pieces) for front and back
  • small pieces for anchor
  • embroidery floss
  • Fusible webbing
  • fusible fleece
  • 18″ pillow form

Begin by printing out or drawing your anchor shape. (You could really do this with any shape.) I drew out the anchor, then marked little lines in where I wanted the fabrics to change.

Cut out the pattern, then the fabrics. Where the pieces in the middle overlap, cut one side a little longer so the pieces will overlap. This will make it easier to sew together.

patchwork anchor pieces

Flip the pieces over and arrange them so everything lays out correctly. Iron a piece of fusible webbing (the shape of the anchor) to the wrong side of the fabric. Peel off the paper backing and iron the anchor to the pillow front fabric.

anchor fused to fabric

Set your machine to a small zig zag stitch. Stitch over the seams where the fabrics overlap first, then stitch all the way around the anchor.

anchor zigzaged onto fabric

Cut a piece of fusible fleece 18″ x 18″ and iron it to the wrong side of the pillow front. With a length of coordinating embroidery floss, sew a running stitch all the way around the anchor. This will set it off a bit. Plus it just looks cute.

running stitch around anchor

Sew your pillow front and back pieces together, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning. (I never leave a big enough opening. I do it every. time.)

sewing back to front

Turn your fabrics right side out and press. Pop your pillow form in and sew up the opening. And you are done! See? So easy.

Colorful Anchor Pillow

I just love the playful prints in this line.

Colorful DIY Anchor Pillow

Darling Anchor Pillow DIY

You can check out more projects made with Caroline’s fabrics at her blog, Sew Caroline!


  • This is adorable Bev! I love decorative pillows and this one is one of my favs!!!

  • Reply July 30, 2014


    Bev, your pillow case looks amazing! You’re my fav Gleeful Blog Hop so far!

  • Reply July 30, 2014


    Cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow evening that links to your tutorial:

  • Reply July 31, 2014


    That is really cute! I agree, the yellow fabric is just adorable. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Reply August 3, 2014


    I absolutely love this pillow! I love the anchor and the colors. So cute! I’m pinning it!

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  • Reply January 31, 2015


    i am already imagining mine it will be dark blue and white yaaay

  • Reply September 3, 2015

    Tabitha McClure

    In love with this pillow…If anyone can make me two pillows just like these…I’ll definitely pay for these♡♡♡

  • This is so cute and perfect for summer. I love the accent stitching!

  • This would fit my beachy vibe TV room. I’m actually wanting to redo our couch pillows so will Pin for later. Visiting from Lambert’s Lately.

  • What a sweet pillow! I love anything with anchors on it. :)

  • Reply May 13, 2016


    Now if only I could sew. I’m pretty much in love with this pillow!

  • Reply May 16, 2016


    What a great pillow! I wish I could sew! Thanks for stopping by #HomeMattersParty

  • Hey Bev, Such a fun pillow. I need to make a few for the backyard. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

  • Reply June 28, 2016


    Love the pillow and the fabrics.

    Where can I find these fabric? I have looked at some of places listed as dealers to no avail.

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