DIY: Anthropologie Knotted Quilt

by J.S. on March 30, 2011

in Handmade,Inspiration

I have a love hate relationship with Anthropologie. I’m going to assume I’m not alone in that. Their store is designed by evil geniuses that spend their days and nights coming up with ways to lure poor girls like me into their stores. Helpless against their plotting ways. It’s always my sidekick, Amex, that ends up suffering the most. I see those cute sundresses, imagine myself being fabulous somewhere in that dress and then the cold sweat starts. I know I shouldn’t buy it, but then suddenly there I am at the counter, making small talk with a fabulous looking girl who is now holding Amex. I wait…Approved! Amex came through. Feeling like a champ I take the bag and rush out. Then comes the crushing remorse.

Awful, awful people.

Really though, anyone else noticing they’re raising the prices a little bit? $328 is a plane ticket, not a beach cover-up.

I’m getting WAY off track here and there is a point to this all, I swear. If you’re creative (and I know you are) and a little bored (I know I am) you can make some Anthro inspired stuff yourself!

The lovely ladies over at Kojo Designs came up with a way to make the knotted comforter the Anthro is currently selling for $288. Really, it’s pretty spectacular.

I’m speechless at how creative they are. Stop by and see some of their other projects.

Here’s their tutorial:

To make the squares for the knotted ‘quilt,’ you’ll need:
-18″x18″ squares of jersey (I used 56 of these for my king sized quilt)… I got the jersey from two flat king sized sheets and a pile of white t-shirts.
-a 6″ plate
-a fabric pen
-needle and embroidery thread that coordinates with your jerse

*A tip before you start. Make the knotted squares assembly line style. Do all of your cutting, then all of your tracing, then all of your gathering, etc. It’ll make this move a little more quickly.

1. Cut out your 18″x18″ jersey squares. I used two flat t-shirt sheets and a stack of white t-shirts for my jersey. I cut out a sample square, labeled it as such with my fabric pen and then used it as a template to cut around for all of my other squares. One note- with all of the gathering that comes later, the 18″x18″ can be approximate- don’t worry about making perfectly uniform squares.

2. Center your 6″ plate in the middle of your square. Trace with a fabric pen. Repeat (and repeat and repeat).

3. Using embroidery thread, stitch inside the perimeter of your traced circle. Use very long stitches.

4. Pull your thread taut, resulting in a little pooch of fabric. Don’t remove your needle or tie off your thread yet.

5. This next part is a bit tricky to explain, but I tried to get good pictures. You might even find a better way (if so, let me know!) to make the knots.

This is what I did- I pulled the pooch of fabric to a point, Then, I poked down through the top center until the point was back down through the pulled-taut circle of thread.

Then I twisted the whole poked-down mess until it looked knot-like.

Then I secured the fabric with a stitch through the poked down point.

I continued to run the needle back and forth through the ‘knot’ until it seemed secure (usually three or four stitches through the middle of the ‘knot’).

6. Repeat and repeat and repeat. Fifty six times if you’re making a king sized quilt like I was.

To put your ‘quilt’ together, you’ll need:
-56 knotted squares from part 1 (for a king sized quilt)
-a king sized duvet (I got the thinnest one I could find at Ikea… it was $29… fabulous!)
-sewing machine and supplies
-TONS of pins

1. Start by piecing one row of squares together at a time. Your finished product will have eight rows of seven squares. Here’s the thing- in order to achieve that wonderful, gathered look, you have to create the gathers as you go. I did this by pinning little pleats in place before sewing squares together. To be more specific, I pinned five pleats along the length of each square (one tip- if you pleat both squares and pin, this will go more quickly). So, pleat, pin (right sides together) and sew.

2. Repeat and repeat and repeat until you have eight rows of seven knotted squares.

3. Now, you’re going to sew the rows together to make a big square-ish mass of knotted squares. It was easiest for me to pin first where the edges between squares met up and then pin more pleats in place. Remember, every time you sew two squares together, you have to ‘create’ little gathers. As you’re sewing the rows together, this means that you have a lot of pinning to do before you sew. Also, be sure to pin the sides right sides together. When you’re finished you’ll have the top part of your ‘quilt.’

4. Lay out your duvet. Place your quilt with the right side (the side with all of the knots) facing down on top of the duvet. Be sure to match so that the longer side of the duvet is lined up with the row of eight squares and the shorter side of the duvet is lined up with seven squares.

Pin all the way around the edges, again, pinning pleats in place. Lucky for me, my duvet was divided into seven sections that matched up with my squares, so that was a good guideline on the short edge to make sure I was pinning evenly. On the long edges, I folded my duvet in half and marked where the middle would fall then folded it in half again and marked the quarters (on both long edges). This became my guide for even pinning on those edges.

Sew around the entire perimeter, leaving one square open. Pull the duvet through the one open square, turning the whole thing right side in. Sew your one square opening shut.

*Note- I can’t say this enough, go over the ENTIRE quilt and make sure you got all of your pins out. Once you sew this baby shut, you don’t want little pins pricking you. And they like to hide in the pleats, so check thoroughly!

5. Fluff your almost quilt. It almost looks right, doesn’t it? Almost done! Now you’re going to pin your rows in place and ‘stitch in the ditch’ (I followed this tutorial on youtube- haha!) so that your squares stay put and don’t shift all over the place. I sewed down every other row, but feel free to do as many as you please.

6. Can you believe it? You’re done! Put this vision of loveliness on your bed and admire!

***Tutorial and photos from

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary April 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

Wow – this is amazing! I have a similar duvet from West Elm on my bed right now – I wish I was this talented to be able to create something like this.

Love your blog! It’s very fun.


2 Maria Victoria Barba April 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

This is absolutely gorgeous, as is your website.

Would love to try to create the same – might go for pillows first.


3 Kelly August 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm

This is wonderful, I am so inspired!


4 Jennifer January 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

Has anyone tred this with regular sheets (not the juersey ones)?


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