so let’s chat! do you read living with punks? She’s one of my favorites! and she has put together an AMAZINg series…Home sewn!
so you see my little name up there! yippee!!! it’s me!
there were two requirements for this post…
–for the home
–and it has to be sewn
and recently i have become OBSESSED with faux chenille
i actually made three so i could do different techniques to see what works best…
flannel will fray the best (really fluffy) but cotton works too!
i bought a yard…and cut 4 squares of flannel to layer for the chenille.
Then i found a design i wanted to mimic…like this ottoman at ballards design.
cut a stencil and traced away with some chalk! (don’t worry about the chalk–you have to wash the pillow to get it to fray up so the chalk will wash right off!
then you just sew around your lines (keep in mind that where ever you sew you will have a half inch extra for the chenille…so in reality i sewed just inside the white chalk marks.
then you are going to start cutting away….depending on how sharp your scissors are…or intricate your pattern..this could take awhile. (not nearly as long as a blanket…but make sure you have a good movie on to watch!)
at this point i couldn’t decide if i wanted to cut all the way through…or just the top couple layers…or for a real fun twist you can add another layer of fabric underneath so you could cut through to different colors (ohhhh….you could do a rainbow one…!)
this black one has 3 layers of black flannel…a silver…and white with silver polka dots…(but you can’t tell how awesome the silver is…..) but i just picked and chose which ones to cut all the way and what ones to leave black.
after your hand is officially turned into a “claw” you get to throw it into the washer and dryer to get the fun fraying!
now…when you do a faux chenille you are supposed to sew and cut on the bias…(at an angle) so it doesn’t fray ridicousley.
So if you are doing a design it won’t be on the diagonal so some pieces might have more longer strings than other spots. you can just trim it off (i washed the striped one three times and by the third time the strings were pretty much gone.
then you attach a back to your pillow (go here to get the how to make an envelope back for your pillows!) and enjoy your hard work
make sure to head over to living with punks to see the fun that’s posted thus far…
and for icing on the craft cupcake….click the image to enter an awesome sewing giveaway!!!!
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