Let’s Get Nautical: Quick Stitch Embroidered Felt Anchor on a Thrifted Top


A long while back I bought this light weight ruffled short-sleeved top at a thrift store for my daughter, and I wanted to add a little something to it. I love nautical inspired clothes and accessories and so does my kiddo.




So I added a folksy embroidered felt anchor to the shirt. And you can do the same. Template for the anchor and stitches here.

Head to your local thrift store or pull something out of the closet and get stitching! 

Note: Always use good felt. Don’t use craft felt. I don’t recommend wool felt for this project. You want something hand washable, so try high quality poly felt (National Nonwovens). Another project perfect for left over scraps and small strands of embroidery thread.


Thrifted white top
Blue felt
White & red embroidery thread (or of course any color you like!)
Straight pins
Embroidery Needle
PDF pattern


The anchor is cut out of blue felt and then pinned  down on the blouse. For the white stitching down the middle of the anchor a chain stitch was used (3 strands of a six strand embroidery floss) and across the top red thread in straight and cross stitches (full six strands of thread).  The flower is a lovely bunch of loose french knots using the full six strands of a length of embroidery thread (more on doing french knot flowers next post). Around the outside is a slanted straight white stitch (3 strands). And done.Hand wash, line dry.








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3 Responses

  1. Jennifer says:

    Yay, the comments are working now. :) Cute anchor! And gorgeous girl!

  2. That’s a really nice way to dress up a tee shirt!

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