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How to make Chenille Fabric with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes for chenille fabric

This fabric is made with layers;

Select your feature fabric and then, provided the fabric is not furnishing fabric, 3 lower layers work well and remember that the base layer will also been seen and it is easier later on if this is approx 1” bigger than the layers above.

Layer the fabrics all right side up; mark a 45degree angle somewhere across – this will be your first sewing line; you will be washing the fabric so a washable marker is fine.

Sew across the fabric on this line using a walking foot (this creates less drag )

You need to sew across the rest of the fabric in lines parallel to this – use the walking foot as a guide so that you don’t need to mark your fabric again.

Remember that your top thread will be seen to select it accordingly.

Once sewn you need to cut through all the upper layers leaving the bottom layer intact.

Make up into your item

Wash to create the fluffy nature; this does need to be done AFTER the item has been made up otherwise the fabric will distort horribly since all the sewing is on the bias.

 

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Chenille fabric is made and not bought; once you have made it obviously it can be sewn up into any number of items - garments, bags,cushions, knick-knacks,- the list is endless.

While using stunning fabric works well, it is also a way of using up some 'dogs' from the cupboard that maybe you now look at and wonder why you bought them. Colour is the key - so the bolder the better often works.

Furnishing fabric works really well for cushions and bags since it is so robust but bear in mind the bulk for the seams and layer up with something thinner.

This is the one I was making earlier!

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