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Make your own chenille fabric

Making chenille is a good way to use up leftover pieces of material. Once you begin, you’ll have many ideas for what to use it for. Here’s a cushion cover project to help get you started

You’ll need five unwashed 16×16-inch pieces of cotton for each top. Layer the fabric (right side up), with feature layer on top, co-ordinating layers second and third and any fabric for the fourth and fifth layers. Make this piece a little larger than you really need. Pin well. Take a marking pencil and ruler and draw a line from corner to corner on the angle. Move your sewing machine needle over as far as it will go (if your machine has this feature), and it will measure for you. Sew your marked line and then sew one side of the line and then the other. It will be 1/2-inch spacing. Continue until the entire piece is sewn. Carefully cut the top three layers between all the rows of stitching. Serge around the piece and then wash and dry it to get the chenille effect. Do not sew on the straight of the good or you will just have threads coming off… no nice chenille.You can use a curve line and that works. Now that the top is finished, make the back for the cushion. For a one-piece back, cut a piece of plain co-ordinating fabric the same size as the top. With right sides together, sew around, leaving part of one side open to put the cushion in and then hand sew it shut.

For a two-piece back, cut two pieces the width of the top and about 2 inches larger than the half measurement. Fold over 1/4 inch and again 1 inch for the centre band. Sew Velcro on this or make buttonholes and buttons. Putting the two halves together, Velcro or buttons in the centre, cut that piece the size of your top. Join, with right sides together and sew all around. You now have the opening in the centre to insert cushion

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