Chenille? Chenille Cut? Slash Chenille? Heirloom Cut Chenille? Faux Chenille? Fake Chenille? Whatever 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 kinds 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.
I made some and given away to my friends. This chenille bib is one of the quickest gifts I have ever made and it is great as baby shower gifts too. As you may have noticed, I have made some with binder edge too. I am hoping to come out with the bias binder tutorial soon. So, stay tuned!
Chenille Bib Sewing Pattern
Materials (to make 1 bib):
(Pre-wash all fabrics before sewing)
1. Top fabric (cotton) (10″ x 14″)
2. White Muslin (10″ x 14″)
3. 3 pcs. of coordinating color cotton flannels/flannelettes (10″ x 14″), I used 2 white and 1 blue
4. Snap button or Velcro fastener
5. Bib pattern
1. Sewing Machine (best with 1/4″ presser foot)
2. Matching color sewing thread
3. Sewing essentials
4. Chenille Cutter or Slasher (able to slash on 1/4″ slot), or blunt point scissors
Trace your own bib pattern from your kid’s favorite bib or print this letter-size pdf pattern. Don’t scale the printing otherwise the size may not be right. The size is suitable for babies 6-12 months (the drooling age).
Stack, pin, and sew the following (from Top to Bottom):
1. White muslin, draw a 45º diagonal line (top left to bottom right corner) at the center as a guide
2. White flannel,
3. Blue flannel,
4. White flannel
Sew parallel straight lines diagonally across the pile, 1/4″ apart (use 1/4″ presser foot as a guide). Accuracy is not very important but doesn’t get them too close to each other otherwise your slasher can’t go in.
Insert the slasher into the “tunnel” with 3 flannels on top and muslin at the bottom, since we are only going to slash the flannels and not the muslin.
Hold the corner firmly and push the slasher along the way to cut through the layers of flannel.
Repeat until you have finished converting all “tunnels” into “canals”.
Carefully clear your slasher’s blade if there is excessive lint caught in there.
A closer look at the flannels after the slashing. If you don’t have a chenille cutter or slasher, you can always use a pair of blunt point scissors to cut.
If you wonder how a chenille cutter or a slasher looks like, they are similar to a rotary cutter but with a protruded guide attached to it. Use the guide to slot into the “tunnel” and slash whatever is above the guide. Or click here to view the product.
Trace the bib pattern onto the wrong side of the top fabric. Remember to flip your pattern to the back if you are tracing on the wrong side with a fabric erasable marker.
Now, place your top fabric onto the chenille with the right side down.
Pin and sew. Leave a 2″ opening at the bottom for turning the bib right side out.
Throw the chenille bib into the washing machine, wash and fray it!!!! The caterpillar look chenille is formed. You may need to wash another 1 or 2 times to reduce the lint produced from the fray.