A Ta-Dah Moment… Look At My Chenille


Look at this. How did I do?

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To say I am pleased with the outcome would be an understatement. I am up on my rooftop waving it like a flag. Come see!! And shouting. I want all of my neighbors to see my Faux Chenille doll quilt. ๐Ÿ˜€

But seriously… not bad, huh, for my first one?

Don’t know if you have ever tried making chenille but I was surprised (actually shocked) that it didn’t shed in the wash. For real!! I had some casual tops that needed washing but was afraid the cut strips would unravel and mess them up. So I threw in five towels to keep the quilt company as it swished round and round in the wash. Not a single thread on the towels. And only a teeny tiny bit of lint in the lint tray. The chenille crinkled up more in the dryer. I am thinking after one more washing the inside color should open up. But I love it!! Just as it is.

And of course a little girl has to accessorize her doll quilt. She needs a ruffled doll pillow. Made with the leftover scraps.

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And a cute little purse for herself.

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Could be reversible.

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Well, that was fun. Now it is time to tackle a larger faux chenille. Baby quilt size.

These are the fabrics I selected. I will start cutting today. Wish me luck!!

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Faux Chenille: Learning What NOT To Do


I am so glad I decided to make a little doll faux chenille quilt first.

Even after reading through the links I posted yesterday with all the tips on what to do and what not to do, I still learned a thing or two.

  • Don’t piece the fabric and think you can easily cut through the seams when you come to them. (Pressing open may have helped.)
  • If your finished quilt will have rounded corners, don’t sew that last diagonal seam in the corners. (The tip falls off.)
  • Use huge binder clips (attach to table) to hold the quilt in place as you cut through the columns.
  • Use tweezers to reveal the bottom layer as you insert the Chenille Cutter. (Since I did not follow the instructions and add the extra 1/4″ to the bottom fabric.)
  • When backstitching at the end of each diagonal line, don’t sew above the area where binding will go. Or you will have to cut those tiny threads sticking up.
  • Use less than seven fabrics next time. Was hard to cut through especially with the spray adhesive.
  • Use less spray adhesive. ๐Ÿ˜€

Other than those, the rest of the process went well.

Fabrics used. In this order.

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Layering with quilting spray adhesive. Bottom fabric (hot pink) facing down. 2nd fabric facing up.

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Continue layering with the balance of fabrics facing up.

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And the last fabric. This is the cutting side.

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Now, flip stacked fabrics over so you see the first fabric. The hot pink fabric. You will mark your column lines on the top. You will sew on the top side in case there are thread/bobbin issues.

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And done.

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Ready to cut with the Chenille Cutter (or scissors). It is very easy to use. You select the channel based on the column width. I sewed 1/2″ columns. Half inch matches up with LL on the Chenille Cutter gauge. Rotate the dial to select LL.

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Cut through all layers except the bottom fabric. I used my sewing tweezers to lift all fabrics to expose the bottom fabric. Do NOT cut through it.

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To keep the quilt from moving as I cut, I used huge binder clips clamped to the table.

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Cutting all finished.

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Ready to round off the corners.

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This is the binding fabric. Now I wish I had used the bottom fabric as the top. (Oh well.) I machine stitched the binding. Both top and bottom. Except for a couple of spots, it lined up perfectly.

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All finished!! And headed to the washer and dryer.

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BBL… to show you the chenille. Hopefully all goes well. ๐Ÿ˜€


Go here for instructions to make your own faux chenille quilt.

http://www.aestheticnest.com/2010/08/sewing-heirloom-cut-chenille-baby.html