{Anthropology Inspired} Decorative Pillow

I’ve been itching to make decorative pillows ever since I got my new bedding set.

I have a ton of fabric scraps and swatches so of course, it all ended up in one giant pile for me to sort through. The below shot is but a mere sampling of the collection I’ve acquired over the past few years..

I grabbed a couple of these guys below…

{Look for 2 for 1 deals at Joann’s}

…and color coordinated my design with these project leftovers…

My bedspread has a muted tone so I wanted to keep consistent with that, but also add a touch of color – which you’ll see down below.

{I’m pretty good at eyeballing measurements (not to be mistaken with my cooking skills) for little projects like these, but if you’re looking for a great step-by-step tutorial, be sure to check out the links at the end of this post.}

This is the part where I’m supposed to tell you exactly what I’m doing here in this picture, but to be perfectly honest, I was just having fun with the camera. All I know is, make sure you leave enough room on the edges for your seam allowance…whatever you decide that to be. I made mine at 5/8″. Also, I don’t mind leaving the raw edge as is as I try not to waste any fabric. And if I were to slice off the raw edge, I’d most likely use it as a tie or for some other purpose.

I played around with different accent colors and patterns as I had a hard time deciding which one to go with. I was originally leaning more towards the bottom left pattern.

In the end, I went with this little gal.

I pinned her up to get a rough look at what the finished piece would look like and fell in love with the combination.

I jazzied it up by adding buttons as embellishments and used this circle …errr…”thing-a-ma-bob” for easier handling.

{Sorry, I’m not fancy with all the technicalities of sewing.}

You can decide which type of enclosure you’d like for your pillowcase, but for mine, I got lazy and made an easy slip opening in the back for easy washing. I’m thinking I’d like to make some with button closures and ties for the next set of pillows I’m making.

And there you have it! Nothing too fancy…but with a little girly touch and some color for my new bedspread.

There’s a sort of Anthropology-ish feel to it that I like. And if you know me at all, you’re well aware of how much I love that store…



Now for those of you who want better instructions (since this was by no means “a pillow tutorial,”) check out these lovely ladies who know a thing or two about sewing and all that good stuff.

Cottage Magpie – Angela at Cottage Magpie makes it look so easy! Best part is, her instructions are thorough with detailed photos.

Craft Passion – This lady at Craft Passion is ridonculously talented. Check out her blog for fun pillow instructions.

Do share if you know of any awesome decorative pillow tutorials.  :)




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  1. Stephanie says:

    Adorable! And I chuckled when you called the slip opening lazy. I call it efficient. In fact I discovered that a well placed slip opening can become it’s own decorative element!

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