My gift to you today, a free pattern to make your own chenille baby blanket. (This size blanket can also make a nice couch throw.)
If you have not seen my basic instructions and tips for making your own chenille, please read this post.
Flannel Chenille Baby Blanket – finished size approximately 36” X 42”
Blanket Fabric: Approximately 5 yards of baby flannel
Binding: 1/3 yd Fabric or 175” pre-made binding
Olfa Chenille Cutter
- Cut the flannel into 5 pieces, 36” X 42” each
- Lay first layer facing down – Layer the next 4 pieces facing up. (In my finished baby blanket I layered the same flower directly on top of each other in the top three layers so after I did the chenille work the flowers would still show. If I had not done this you would only see the colors in the finished piece, not the flower design.)
- Pin the layers together, if you feel like your fabrics are going to move around for you.
- (Optional) Use a walking foot on your machine.
- Channels should be 1/2” – 5/8” wide, so make your stitches that far apart. (For the best finished project, you want all the channels to be the same width, so once you have selected a channel width stay with it.)
- Use the chenille cutter and cut through the top 3 layers of the fabrics.
- Add the binding
- Wash and Dry
Below are some pictures to illustrate the process a bit better.
This is what the flannel will look like after you have stitched your channels
Olfa Chenille Cutter in action (this image is from a different blanket I am making, not the final one pictured in this post)
The look of the fabric after it “blooms”
A closer look at the “bloomed” fabric
Just imagine what else you could make with your own, personally designed chenille fabric! Feel free to share any pictures of projects you have made from your own chenille! For more ideas on making and sewing your own chenille fabric, check out these posts:
- DYK Olfa Chenille Cutter – all you need to know about this great tool
- Make Your Own Chenille – a step-by-step guide to making your own chenille fabric
- Chenille Baby Blanket – a free pattern, and so very cute!
- Chenille Rug – need something for a country kitchen?
- Chenille Placemats – another free pattern
- Chenille Jackets – not a pattern this time, but a great idea!
- Chenille Heart Table Toppers – you’ll “love” making this sweet project
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing