Queen Size Faux Chenille Quilt – Tutorial!

I loved the look and feel of my first feather inspired super cute faux chenille blanket that I thought I would take it up another notch and make a queen sized faux chenille quilt with a quilted front. This is one of my favorite quilts to date. I feel like they just keep getting better, but I don’t know how they can get better than this!

To create this super cute faux chenille quilt I will outline the steps so that you can make one of your own too!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Quilt top (quilting weight cotton)
  • 4 meters of 1 layer of color coordinated fabric to create a backing for the quilt top.
  • 4 meters each of 3 layers of color coordinated flannel fabrics (you can also used 100% cotton fabrics)
  • Color coordinated thread
  • Super cute Binding
  • Sewing machine
  • OLFA Chenille Cutter (optional but makes the process sooooooooo much easier)

METHOD TO MAKE A QUEEN SIZED FAUX CHENILLE QUILT

Step 1: I started by cutting 2500 2 inch by 2 inch squares. I wish I had taken a picture of this because it was a pretty big pile of fabric. I used a bunch a cute fabrics that I had in my stash.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - quilted topping pieces

To create this top I first sewed all the 2 inch by 2 inch squares into 5 by 5 square blocks, then I sewed 10 of these 5 by 5 square blocks together to make 10 of these 5 by 50 strips (shown above). Then I sewed these strips together to create a 50 by 50 patchwork quilt top. This took a long time I think this is the last time I choose to do a quilt with such little pieces. I am definitely a girl who needs quicker gratification.  (You can create any quilt top that you like and then follow the next steps to add the faux chenille).

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - first layer of quilt sandwich

Step 2: Make a quilt sandwich! I start by duct taping my quilt top face down on a clean floor.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - back of quilt top

There will be lots of strings but don’t bother cutting them off because they will be covered by the fabric that you choose as your quilt backing.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - quilt sandwich

The quilt sandwich for a faux chenille quilt has 5 layers, which include:

    • Layer 1 – quilt top face down
    • Layer 2 – quilt back face up (I just used inexpensive white cotton)
    • Layer 3 – first layer of flannel fabric face up
    • Layer 4 – second layer of flannel fabric face up
    • Layer 5 – third layer of flannel fabric face up

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - basted quilt sandwich

Step 3: Baste all 5 layers together. I use the special curved safety pins to baste all the layers together. This step makes sure that your layers of your faux chenille quilt stay together and prevents shifting of the fabrics.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - rolled quilt sandwich

Step 4: Roll the corners to the center because it is importance to sew on the bias to create the fluffy faux chenille.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - sewing diaganol lines to create the faux chenille

Step 5: Starting in the center of the faux chenille quilt, sew from one corner to the other. To do this you can draw a straight line with a long ruler with chalk. It was easy to sew across this quilt because I could just follow the corners of the 2 inch squares.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - sewing lines

Once you have one line it is easy to sew the rest of the lines. Use 1/2 inch separation between each line. This process took a loooooong time and lots of thread. Be patient it will all be worth it in the end!

Step 6: Trim all the excess fabric off the edges so that you don’t spend time cutting fabric in the next step that will come off in the end.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - OLFA Chenille cutter tool

Step 7: Cutting the flannel fabrics. For this step I highly recommend using an OLFA Chenille Cutter to reduce time and the pain of using scissors. I forgot to take a picture of this process but it is easy to understand. Set your quilt with the flannel side up and place you scissors or OLFA Chenille Cutter between the quilt backing and the 3 layers of flannel. You only want to cut through the three layers of flannel. The quilt backing protects the quilting and makes the whole quilt more durable.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - lines cut

After you cut between each of the lines it should look like this.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - sewing binding on faux chenille quilt

Step 8: Create a binding and add it to the faux chenille quilt. I make my own binding from coordinating fabrics that I have around my house. For this quilt I used a light purple sheet that was given to me by Shawn’s mom. I have a bunch of used bed sheets that people give to me that I use for bindings or backs of quilts.

I cut this sheet into 2 inch wide strips and sewed them end to end to make the binding.

I don’t find the ironing the binding in half to be a necessary step. Instead I start by sewing an edge of the binding to the back of the quilt with about 1/2 inch seam allowance.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - sewing bindingThen flip the faux chenille quilt over, and fold the binding under and sew along the edge of the binding.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - sewing binding corner

Fold the corners like this and sew around the corner by stopping and the corner, lifting the presser foot and rotating the quilt.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - binding corner complete

the corner should look like this in the end. SUPER CUTE!!

You are almost done!
DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - faux chenille quilt after washing

Step 9: Wash your faux chenille quilt and dry the it in the dryer. It should fluff up like this! It is sooo soft and cuddly warm.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - soft faux chenille

One of my flannel fabrics had white and hot pink polka-dots, which showed up when I washed it.

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - done

I love how this quilt turned out!

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - binding complete

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - beautifuly compleated

DIY Queen sized chenille quilt - tiny square quilted square faux chenille quiltAlthough this faux chenille quilt took a long time, it was sooooo worth it. I love it sooo much. At this point I really need and linen cupboard with a glass front to house all my quilts, so that Shawn does not go crazy with all the quilts on the couch, and so that I can still see them. I look forward to the day when I have a house full of kids playing on these quilts. One day…

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to ask me any additional questions and I would be happy to assist you in your creations. Have fun Creating!

XO JCL

P.S. Here are the links to the products I used to create this awesome faux chenille quilt!


P.P.S Here is the link to the first Faux Chenille quilt I made. Hope you love it!

Faux chenille quilt tutorial - pin


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