Monday, May 28, 2012

How to make Chenille!

I was so excited to learn how to make chenille.  And it turned out wonderfully!  First stack four layers of flannel.  I started in one corner and stitched diagonally across.  Then stitch about 1/2 an inch from that stitching line all the way across the fabric.  It is very forgiving so your stitching doesn't need to be perfect.
Now the work begins.  Get your scissors out and start cutting.  Cut through the top three layers, leaving the bottom layer in tack.                                                                                                                                

Looks like this.

 And after about an hour or so of cutting, it looks like this.

Here's where it really gets interesting.  Take the fabric and wash it in the washing machine and dry it in the dryer.  It will take a little longer to dry than usual but when it comes out it should be nice and fluffy.  And it really does look like real chenille.  Here is what it looks like after it comes out of the dryer.    I actually think it would still be good if you only use three layers of flannel instead of four.                                                                                                                                                  

Stay tuned to the next day or so to see what I make with it!


Pokey said...

We made a baby blanket with ours,and only used 3 layers. I think 1/2 inch spacing looks good, my directions said 1 inch apart seams and it was too far. Yours looks nice!

Anonymous said...

How die you finish your edges?