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Chenille Blanket Tutorial

Chenille Blanket Instructions

 

1.25 yd  cotton for the backing of the blanket (so you have room to square it up after you line up your flannel and sew it)

 

Four 1 yard cuts of flannel (you can use different colors or all the same) 

            Make sure your flannel is colored all the way through

½ yd cotton for the binding

 

Press all fabric before starting but do NOT pre-wash

 

Lay the backing fabric on a large surface face down.  Layer the flannel on top of the backing, right side up.  Smooth each layer before adding the next.  Once all 5 layers are smooth place a long piece of tape diagonally across the quilt.  Using a basting needle and thread baste the layers together.  Baste using a big and then a little stitch and stitch about 3 inches from your last line of basting following the tape line. (In this picture the blanket is upside down, it's best to put your cotton on the bottom and layer up the flannel)

(Photo 1)

 

Now for the fun.  Using your walking foot with the stitch guide attached, stitch along one side of your tape line, then you can remove the tape.   Using your stitch guide to help you continue stitching, on the diagonal 5/8 of an inch from your previously stitched line until the entire quilt has been stitched. (Photo 2)

 

It should look like this when all the lines are stitched.


Using chenille cutting scissors, cut through the top 3 layers.  DO NOT CUT INTO THE 4TH LAVER OF FLANNEL!!  Once all your lines are cut you will need to square up your quilt.  Do NOT square it up until you are done cutting your channels!!  (ask me how I know this, LOL)  (Photo 3)

 
Here is how it looks when you are done before squaring up.

For binding: , cut into 2.5” strips, join strips end to end, press the seams open.  Fold in half lengthwise to create your binding. 

 To square up the blanket I fold it in half and use the fold line as my straight line guide.  I then trim off each side.  I then fold it in the other direction and do the same thing.  Once that is done, I fold to make sure all the corners line up with each other and that it really is "square".


After you have squared your quilt up attach binding by machine to the cut side of the quilt.  Turn binding to the back and hand stitch in place.

 

Wash and dry to make it “fluff” and ENJOY!! (Your quilt should look like these photos 4-6).


If you make any of these please send me a link so I can see them too!! 

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