Hey there fellow Ribbon Retreat Friends!
My name is Kaeleen, and I am so excited to share a fun and cozy chenille blanket tutorial with you all.
This is a fairly easy project, but I do want to warn you it is pretty time consuming.
But trust me, it is worth it! : )
What you will need:
- A sewing machine
-One Yard of Riley Blake Chevron Fabric
I used the Medium size but the large would work excellent as well!
-One Yard of 3 Different Flannels
- Coordinating Thread
- Fabric Scissors
- 4 ¾ Yards of Bias Tape
Or about a ½ Yard of coordinating fabric to make your own bias tape.
-Also, a rotary cutter and mat are handy.
Well, let’s get started!
1. Lay your Chevron fabric right side down.
2. Lay your 3 flannels on top.
*Whatever fabric you want to be seen through the frayed chevrons on the back of your blanket lay down on top of the chevron fabric first. I went with orange!
3. On top of the orange you will place the flannel that you want to be seen on the outside of the chevrons as it frays. I used the green flowers.
*If you use a print on your second flannel place it RIGHT SIDE DOWN so once it frays you see the cute pattern and not the back of the fabric. (I didn’t do this, and was very sad once I realized it…but luckily it turned out alright.) If you use a solid flannel you don’t need to worry about what side is up or down.
4. Your third flannel will be the one that you see the most. It will be the inside of the frayed chevrons!
Once you have the flannels nicely on top of the chevron fabric you will want to safety pin the 4 layers together. It is easiest if you start in the middle and work your way to the edges to prevent shifting of fabrics.
I found it was easiest to pin on the chevron fabric since that is where you will be doing the sewing.
Pin Pin Pin!!
In my opinion you can never pin too much!
And, you don’t want the fabrics to shift so…Pin Pin Pin!!
After you have the layers secured it is time to sew!
This can be very time consuming…don’t get discouraged if it takes you a while. I started on the edge but on a middle zig zag and worked my way out each way…again, to prevent shifting. : )
Start sewing on your zig zags…Down the Zig…
Up the Zig you go….
When you get to where the Zig and Zag meet you will want to make sure your needle is in the fabric, and lift your presser foot and pivot to go up the Zag.
And repeat all the way until the end of the row.
The back will look like this after you have completed your first row.
Sew on both sides of the Chevron.
When sewing along the zig zags it is important to stay as close to the color as possible so all the sections are the same size. This will become important when you get to the cutting part of the project.
During this fun, yet very repetitive time I found it is easier to roll each side of the blanket up so you are not tossing bunched up fabric back and forth. Remember to sew each side of the zig zags!
Continue sewing and sewing and sewing both sides of ALL of the Chevrons.
Once you have them all sewn the back will look like this.
You will then want to trim all the pieces of fabric so they are all the same size.
I just folded the fabric in half and trimmed them all to be the same, and then I flipped it the other way and trimmed that side.
Your edges should all look nice and even, like this!
Now for the cutting!!
This means you are getting so close to completing your blanket!
Carefully snip the top two flannel layers.
Doing just the top two layers leaves the third flannel as a base/back color. If you snip all three layers of flannel, you will see the back of the chevron fabric.
I found it was easiest to snip all one direction then switch and go the other direction.
Warning…this will be a little time consuming again, so put on a good chick flick and start cutting! : )
Be sure to also cut the triangles on the edges!
Once you are done with all of the cutting your blanket should look something like this.
Now you are really sliding into home base…
All you have left is the binding!
If you have a preferred binding technique I would suggest doing it.
The binding is my least favorite part of making a quilt. And I am not the best with those instructions so if you need a tutorial, I suggest using this How To Bind A Quilt tutorial that has great step by step instructions from making your bias tape to attaching it and making your corners perfect. You can find that tutorial here.
After you have your binding done I would suggest washing (I only tossed mine in the drier) your blanket…this will get the back chevrons to fray some and then it will look more complete!
The more you wash it and snuggle with it the more the back will fray and look cute!
Thank you Kaeleen! You are so super talented, and I love your fabric choices! I love to watch the snow fall out my big front window and to look out, first thing in the morning, to see Jack Frost’s kisses all over the tree branches. And, a blanket just like this would keep me cozy and warm all winter long. Thank you again Kaeleen for sharing this gorgeous and cuddly blanket with us!
Can you imagine how adorable this blanket would be for a sweet little baby? This blanket would be an amazing shower gift to give or to receive, and I would have LOVED to carry my new little baby in a gorgeous and stylish blanket just like this one! I love the chevron fabric Kaeleen used but can you imagine how adorable this blanket would also be in other fun fabrics like our striped fabric as well? Oh my goodness! So, SO cute!
I love blankets and quilts and if you love them too, you will also love these gorgeous quilt tutorials. They are just as comfy and cozy and just waiting for you to grab that good book, cup of hot cocoa and relax away!
Happy Creating & Happy Cozy Blankets!