Chenille? Chenille Cut? Slash Chenille? Heirloom Cut Chenille? Faux Chenille? Fake Chenille? What ever the name is, it is basically slashing a few layers of flannels between the parallel stitching lines, fray the raw edges to make the “caterpillar” piles that give the warm and smooth look that we want to touch and feel. Making chenille is fun and looking at how beautiful the raw edges fray is exhilarating!!! Imagine how we used to hide our ugly raw edge by overlocking it and/or hem it with various kind of seam techniques…. Now, we expose it and feel proud of it!!!!
Initially, I planned to make chenille blankets for my kids but after seeing a drooling baby, he really needs a super absorbent wonder bib urgently, so, I adapted the chenille technique into the bib and made some chenille bib for him 🙂 I used cotton flannels (flannelettes) so that it is not so warm, yet, able to absorb ounces of saliva.