Hand Cut Chenille Blanket

Sometimes I make a project, use it all the time, but somehow forget or never have the time to photograph and share it here. I’m making an effort to pull some of these out of the vault so you can see some of the things we use around the house and, perhaps, be inspired!

This is a hand-cut chenille blanket I sewed for Abby a couple of years ago using one of my very favorite prints from Alexander Henry. Every time I see those soft creams, peaches, and bright pops of pink, I smile.

I made the blanket using this tutorial from the Aesthetic Nest and I still can’t get over how gorgeous her version is.

You see all those lines of stitching? This kind of chenille blanket is made by sewing 4 layers of fabric together will rows of stitching 1/2″ apart. Then you use a special cutting tool to cut the bottom three layers while leaving the top layer intact. (I think it’s called a chenille cutter? I bought mine during a destash on Etsy). After binding the edges with bias tape, toss the blanket in the washing machine, dry it in the dryer and watch all the little edges wrinkle up. It’s one of those miracles of sewing I just love so much.

The top layer of fabric is a print called Brooke Poppies by Alexander Henry, now out of print. (I actually scored the last bolt from their warehouse a couple of years ago. It was just lying in a corner and they happened to find it while I was on the phone. This blanket was made with my last square yard).

The bottom three layers, which make up the “chenille” are white, peach, and yellow cotton solids.

I’ll warn you: it took me about 4 hours to sew all those rows of stitches, so be prepared with a good audiobook or Netflix show if you plan to make one of your own. Was it worth it? Absolutely! I’d do it again if I had 4 spare hours lying around somewhere.

The blanket is trimmed hand-made bias tape from Kona Cotton in Pomegranate. I love, love, love, that pop of pink. And of course, Abby does, too!

It’s a bit small for her big girl bed, but she doesn’t care. She makes her bed with pride every morning, smoothing her chenille blanket carefully on top. Dang, it makes my eyes water thinking about it now.

Doesn’t it feel good when something you made is so well loved? It does to me.

Thanks for reading friends! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Comments

  1. says

    This is beautiful. I saw another version inspired by the same tutorial a month or so back- it was still rumbling around on the maybe to do list- this may have sealed the deal!

  2. says

    Such a beautiful blanket! I’m not surprised that your daughter loves it – great fabric choice for the top, the large floral print is so pretty. I’ll add this to my must-make list for sure.