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Project: Chenille Baby Blanket

Create a wonderfully soft and cozy blanket for the little one in your family. What baby wouldn’t want to snuggle up in this homemade chenille blanket? Chenille flannel creates a softness that is only matched by the tender skin of the little one cuddled up in it!


  • Choose a naturally fraying fabric, like cotton, rayon, linen, flannel, or a homespun.
  • Focus more on coordinating the colors of the fabrics you choose. The patterns will be somewhat “blurred” once the fabric chenilles.
  • Finished quilt is approximately 22” wide x 22” tall.





  • Chalk marker or marking pencil
  • 1-1/4 yd. each of 3 different patterned flannels
  • 1 yd. coordinating flannel for back
  • Basic sewing supplies


  1. Using rotary cutter, ruler and rotary mat, cut the following:
    – From each of the 3 flannels, cut nine squares 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″, and three squares 12″ x 12″.
  2. Layer 3 smaller squares and center them on 1 larger square, with all fabrics facing up. Pin in place. You may keep all the layered fabric the same or mix and match as desired. The result will be 9 layered piles of fabric or blocks.
  3. Draw a diagonal line through the center of the top layer of each block.
  4. Stitch through all four layers of each block, using the diagonal line as a guide.
  5. Continue to sew parallel lines on the diagonal, covering the entire 9-1/2” square. Sew half of the blocks with 1/8” or ¼” parallel lines and the other half of the blocks with 3/8” or ½” parallel lines to vary the look of each block.
  6. Cut the top three layers within each channel using the OLFA Chenille Cutter. Be careful not to cut the bottom layer.
  7. Square up blocks by trimming excess fabric so they measure 8-1/2” x 8-1/2”.
  8. Sew blocks right sides together to create a simple 9 patch with 3 rows across and 3 rows down. Alternate patterns of fabric and channel widths to create a pleasing pattern. Stitch with a ½” seam allowance. Press the seams open.
  9. Square up the entire blanket using ruler and rotary cutter.
  10. Measure through the center both ways, and then cut the backing fabric to finished size of the blanket.
  11. Layer blanket and backing, right sides together, matching raw edges.
  12. Stitch together using a ½” seam allowance, leaving a 6” opening for turning.
  13. Turn inside out, press well, and slip stitch the opening closed.
  14. Wash and dry blanket to fluff it up.



  • When layering the flannel before sewing, know that most patterns will be lost once the fabric frays. To keep the look of the pattern, carefully cut and align the 3 top layers so the pattern matches on each block. Larger patterns tend to show through better.
  • Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam line. Increase stitch length to 3.0 to speed up sewing.
  • When sewing, pull fabric taut as you sew through the first diagonal to ease stitching. Sew down one line of stitching, then up for the next to prevent distortion.
  • When assembling the blocks, play with alternating the channel widths, channel directions, and colors.
  • For a demonstration on how to use the OLFA Chenille Cutter, view the video here.