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Monday, January 14

THE REVEAL: FAUX CHENILLE BLANKET



Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all are well rested. :) Over the weekend, I attended a lovely baby shower for a good friend of mine and fellow blogging buddy. She's having a girl next month and we all are so excited for her! 



As I mentioned last week, I was working on a little project for the baby. I've been wanting to make this fun chenille blanket for quite a while now. Aesthetic Nest and Made already have the most AMAZING and detailed tutorials, so I recommend just following theirs.   


I do have some tips to share though from making mine that hopefully you'll find helpful...


  • Lay the color you want to show up most on top and separate the darker colors with a lighter color in the middle. Make sure to also use a washable spray adhesive to keep all the fabrics together. I skipped that step and ended up with a lot of my fabric shifting. I lost a few inches to my blanket due to that.  
  • When sewing the diagonal lines, make sure to sew on the back fabric and not on the flannels. I didn't at first and ended up with bunched up fabric. 
  • If you're only planning on making one or two of the blankets, make sure you find a good pair of ergonomic scissors. If you plan on making more, I definitely recommend purchasing an Olfa chenille cutter. Cramped fingers are not good...
  • Yes this process will be very long and tedious, but don't give up! It's definitely worth it at the end! Make sure to give yourself at least 3 - 4 days for this project. 

  • Trim the uneven edges AFTER all the diagonal lines are cut. 
  • Use a plate to create the rounded corners.
  • Make your tag ahead of time if you'd like to attach one to your blanket. 

I purchased a satin blanket binding from Jo-Ann's and it was the perfect length. The only difficult part was creating the double fold binding. 


Here's the cool transformation after I washed it and threw it in the dryer!



This seriously has to be one of my favorite projects! Even my husband was amazed by the results and that rarely happens... ;) What do you all think? Have any of you ever made a chenille blanket? I'd love to hear from you!

  Daisy Cottage Designs

16 comments:

  1. weiya!!!! thank you so so much for the beautiful blanket!!! John (and everyone else that's seen the blanket) is amazed at all the work you put into! I am so blessed to have a friend like you... i loveeee it and she'll keep this blankie forever!!!

    i was looking through your directions, and this is definitely something i cannot do in my lifetime... talk about TEDIOUS! oy... thanks again, weiyaweiya!

    <3<3

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  2. Just AMAZING! I have nothing more to say.

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  3. LOVELY! Your print and color choices are so nice. Great job!

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  4. Beautiful! What a great gift for your friend. These blankets are so time consuming! I did this technique for part of a blanket - just a few applique pieces and it still took forever! I am sure your friend cherishes your gift (http://thebeansproutnotes.blogspot.com/2012/05/blanket-applique-with-faux-chenille-and.html)

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  5. This is a gorgeous blanket - and such an amazing gift! Thanks for sharing this at The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  6. WOW. That is beautiful. The mother to be must have LOVED it.

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  7. OMG...This is so beautiful Weiya! Love the colors combo!

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  8. Oh Weiya!! The blanket is absolutely WONDERFUL!! I love the texture, I love the fabric...and I LOVE that you made it!! WOW!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  9. That is sooooo gorgeous! I so want to try it :) Thanks for the tips!

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  10. Oh my gosh...oh my gosh...oh my gosh!!! I love this! AND...I just found out I am going to be an auntie again...twice! Would this be too challenging for a first timer like me? It's so gorgous and unique!

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  11. Congrats!!
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  12. Adorable! Would love to try this sometime!!

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  13. This is gorgeous---you did a great job! I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you haven't already!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  14. What a beautiful blanket, and I love your tutorial full of helpful tips!

    I'm now your newest follower--so glad you found your way to my blog because now I've found my way to yours! ;)

    Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine

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  15. What a lovely and thoughtful gift! I love the way it came out and you have inspired me to try my hand! You are a talented young lady, keep calm and sew on!

    Coleen Reed

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