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Home sewn series with Living with punks–Faux Chenille PILLOWS!

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! HS graphic 700


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

(remember my blanket HERE)

but I decided to to take it to another level…a pillow level. faux chenille pillow a girl and a glue gun okay! the how to!

i actually made three so i could do different techniques to see what works best…

faux chenille blankets stacked

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.

I also bought 1/2 yard for the bottom layer of the chenille and for the back side!

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! IMG_7114 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.

herringbone close up

after your hand is officially turned into a “claw” you get to throw it into the washer and dryer to get the fun fraying!

before and after faux chenille it’s pretty much the only time i really like to do laundry!!!!

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.

IMG_7134 (this is after first wash!)

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

faux chenillle pillow diy this blue and green one is my favorite…

faux chenille close up faux chenille herringbone they are super fun and totally add a fun pop!!!!

striped faux chenille pillow

herringbone faux chenille

faux chenille pillows how to

make sure to head over to living with punks to see the fun that’s posted thus far…

like these dishtowels… Squid-Towel-Detail-683x455 or this totally adorable goingtohavetomake fake animal pelt DSC_0052-211-453x683

or this awesome placemat dry-erase-placemats-title

and for icing on the craft cupcake….click the image to enter an awesome sewing giveaway!!!!

hs giveaway 700 copy

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.


  1. Love the whole idea, very inspirational and the choice of the color is even better! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Those are wonderful and you made it seem doable (even for me, the no sew straight lines)! Great job!!

  3. Those pillows are so stinkin’ cool! And you’re in very good company in this series…congrats! I’m totally pinning these.

  4. Dang, girl! These are so awesome! And even more awesomer know that I see how you did it ;) Thanks so much for sharing!!! xoxo

  5. Love these pillows!

  6. wove!! Love the pillows. They look absolutely stunning!!

  7. oh. Wow. That is so awesome!! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:

  8. You can make me some of these for my birthday. Or you should sell them. Either way, I need you to make me some of these.


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