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 blanket 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 then this.
To create this super cute faux chenille quilt I will outline the steps so that you can make one of your own too!
- 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)
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.
To create this top I first sewed all of 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).
Step 2: Make a quilt sandwich! I start by duct taping my quilt top face down on a clean floor.
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.
The quilt sandwich 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
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 stay together and prevents shifting of the fabrics.
Step 4: Roll the corners to the center because it is importance to sew on the bias to create the fluffy faux chenille.
Step 5: Starting in the center of the 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.
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.
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 hole quilt more durable.
After you cut between each of the lines it should look like this.
Step 8: create a binding and add it to the 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.
Fold the corners like this and sew around the corner by stopping and the corner, lifting the presser foot and rotating the quilt.
the corner should look like this in the end. SUPER CUTE!!
Step 9: wash the quilt and dry the quilt in the dryer. It should fluff up like this! It is sooo soft and cuddly warm.
One of my flannel fabrics had white and hot pink polka-dots, which showed up when I washed it.
I love how this quilt turned out!
Although this 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!
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