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!
BEFORE YOU START
- 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.
- Chenille Cutter (CHN-1)
- 12″ x 18″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-CG)
- 60mm Rotary Cutter (RTY-3/G)
- 6″ x 12″ Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×12)
- Chalk marker or marking pencil
- 1-1/4 yd. each of 3 different patterned flannels
- 1 yd. coordinating flannel for back
- Basic sewing supplies
- 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″.
- 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.
- Draw a diagonal line through the center of the top layer of each block.
- Stitch through all four layers of each block, using the diagonal line as a guide.
- 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.
- Cut the top three layers within each channel using the OLFA Chenille Cutter. Be careful not to cut the bottom layer.
- Square up blocks by trimming excess fabric so they measure 8-1/2” x 8-1/2”.
- 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.
- Square up the entire blanket using ruler and rotary cutter.
- Measure through the center both ways, and then cut the backing fabric to finished size of the blanket.
- Layer blanket and backing, right sides together, matching raw edges.
- Stitch together using a ½” seam allowance, leaving a 6” opening for turning.
- Turn inside out, press well, and slip stitch the opening closed.
- Wash and dry blanket to fluff it up.
TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS
- 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.