It’s easy to make a layered image chenille blanket. The finished size will be determined by the size of the fabric panel.
Sewing machine with walking foot
Sharp blunt end scissors (blades sharp, point blunt – not the other way around)
Chalk or water-soluble pen
kk2000 temporary spray adhesive
Olfa Chenille Cutter
3 fabric panels
1 piece of fabric for backing cut 2 inches wider and longer than the panels
Note: These instructions are for making a large panel quilt with different backing fabric and edge binding as pictured above. The instructional pictures are for an applique on a tote and show 4 panels all facing up. Regardless of the back fabric, only the top 3 layers are cut and frayed to produce the chenille effect.
1. Using chalk or a water-soluble pen, mark the top layer with a bias line.
2. Stack the panels so the designs are directly on top of each other.
3. Place a pin on a distinctive part of the design.
4. Put the pin through the same spot on all the layers.
5. Stack the 3 pinned panels face up and centered on the backing fabric that is wrong side up.
6. Use kk2000 temporary spray adhesive to keep the backing and panels from shifting while sewing.
7. With a straight stitch set for length of 2.0, stitch along the drawn bias line.
8. Stitch parallel lines at equal distance apart all the way out to the edges of the fabric. The lines can be from ¼” to ½” apart. The closer the lines, the fluffier the finished product will look. I stitch 3/8” apart. The easiest way to keep your rows straight is to use your presser foot as a guide and to adjust the needle position to get the spacing you want.
9. After all the lines have been stitched, cut between the stitched channels (on one end only) – DO NOT CUT THE BACKING LAYER. Using a pair of blunt-end scissors, clip about one inch of each channel. Finish cutting each of the channels along its entire length using the Olfa Chenille Cutter.
10. After the stitching and cutting is done, add binding to your quilt. See how to apply binding in the earlier Valentine’s Day Heart Potholder blog.
11. You can use a stiff brush to fluff the chenille, or you can fluff the chenille by washing and drying it, or do both.
NOTE: If you currently have or suspect that you have plumbing problems associated with your washing machine and/or house drain, I suggest that you take this project to a laundromat and wash it there. You might want to go somewhat incognito.