Friday, February 10, 2012

Chenille Blanket

I am pretty much obsessed with Chenille blankets at the moment. I love making them, I love the way they look, and I absolutely love the way they feel after the first wash. 


A chenille blanket is created by layering three pieces of flannel and backing it with a coordinating cotton print. You quilt the blanket with diagonal lines and then you cut through the three layers of flannel in between each line. After you are all done, you throw the blanket in the washer and dryer and it comes out as soft, frayed goodness!

I first came across Chenille blankets when I saw this one on the Aesthetic Nest. And recently Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest caught my eye again with her chevron chenille blanket! Holy Toledo- that is one cute blanket!!

So then when I came across Dana from Made's version I knew that it was time. The universe was screaming- "Make a chenille blanket!"

A few months ago I was shopping and found this lovely fabric... 
It is called Peacock Lane Menagerie Yellow by Violet Craft for Michael Miller
The only problem was that it was just a lightweight quilting cotton and for the back of my blanket I needed something heavier, like twill or home dec weight fabric. 
So I got to brainstorming and figured that I could just get an extra layer of flannel and use spray adhesive to tack it to the fabric and then added my other 3 layers of flannel, sewed, and then when it was time to cut the fabric to create the chenille effect, I didn't cut through that flannel that was attached to the yellow fabric. Worded like a charm! Made my main fabric feel more heavy duty and I still got to use the fabric I loved!


I didn't come up with a tutorial for this project like I normally do- just because between the Aesthetic Nest tutorial and the Made tutorial these ladies pretty much had it covered...


Here is my two cents for making chenille blankets. 


-I have made two so far and with the first one I cut through the layers by hand with scissors and it literally took an hour plus a lot of hand cramping. So I knew that I would be making more of these little blankets so I ordered the chenille cutting tool by olfa- LIFE SAVER! It took minutes to cut through the layers and my hand was cramp free! Love this tool! But really- only buy this tool if you have plans for making lots of these little lovelies- not just a one time deal. Buck up and use your scissors if it's only one blanket. 


-Tack your fabric down with washable spray adhesive. These layers like to shift and move around so adhesive helps keep things in place for ya while sewing. Just make sure it is the washable kind!


-If you haven't made one of these- try it! It is time consuming, but the end result is so worth it. It is the perfect baby gift! Anyone who receives one will think you slaved over this thing for weeks. :)

18 comments:

  1. I love the colors you chose!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I've never seen these before, but instantly fell in love with them! I'm definitely going to have to make some for my 2 boys. :)
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Beautiful, Ashley!! Love the fabric choices!! I have all the material to make one. (It was supposed to be a Christmas gift...oops.) Every time I see someone make one it makes me want to hole up in my craft room and just do it. Stupid grad school/ work requirements. :)

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  4. I love chenille too and yellow! It's so pretty! I'm trying to convince myself I don't need to add it to my project list for my sister's baby presents. It's just too cute!

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  5. LOVE! You make me want to give it a try! love the fabric choice- and colors!!

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  6. I was just invited to a baby shower, and this would be so appreciated by the sweet mother-to-be...seriously thinking about this project! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Oh my I love this! The elephants! Ahh! Pinning it now. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is gorgeous!! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party on Tuesday! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

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  9. SO cute!! {found you at i heart naptime}

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  10. I had grand plans inspired by the same two tutorials. Your awesome version is just another reminder to jump in and get it done! Adorable.

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  11. SO cute! I love the fabric. You did an amazing job making it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Oh, I really Want to make one of these. This turned out so cute! I love your colors!

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  13. That is such a beautiful blanket! Great job! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/02/tuesday-to-do-part-49-and-48-list.html

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  14. Wow! I love everything about this blanket! You've so inspired me to make one, fabulous job!!

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  15. Love the blanket - the colors, the texture. Can I have one??? Come over to my blog - I would love for you to join yup to my first linky party - would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  16. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

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  17. Love your sweet soft blanket so much I featured it with the Inspired Creations Linky Party features! Stop by to see and grab a featured button while you are there! Thanks for linking up and please come back weekly on Thursdays to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  18. I ths just SO pretty :) I've featured it on my Favorite Finds Friday post -- you can view it here:
    Favorite Finds Friday 2/24/12

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xoxo, Ashley