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aswan_87
« on: September 30, 2013 08:06:35 PM »

I bought some light blue chenille today from fabricland (50% off!) and am planning to turn it into a baby blanket. I am doing an 'under the sea' theme with light/dark blues, turquoise, and [pumpkin] orange as my main colors. The crib linens were originally all going to be different geometric patterns with these colors, however since I wasn't able to find chenille for the blanket that I liked I want to do applique.

I will be designing sea creatures similar to the ones I've already designed for the mobile and I'd like to attach them to the blanket to create a scene. I'm having difficulty looking up anything that combines the words applique and chenille as all results come up as that technique which ends up looking like caterpillars...

So has anyone done this before? Is chenille harder to applique and if so any tips? Also where can I get smaller pieces of chenille in the colors I want? I don't imagine the fabricland ladies would cut me 1/2 or 1/4 of a meter....

Any help/resources would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Krissy.me
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013 08:23:08 AM »

would using cotton or flannel for the appliqued designed work better?   If your blanket top is looking like a caterpillar maybe the area your trying to applique is too small?   I've not appliqued on chenille so I'm just guessing....   

chenille is a bit fluffy so you need to work with it and not against it, if that makes any sense. 

Pictures would help a great deal on the idea of what you want to do.  What you have found in terms of pictures of what you don't want to do or what you have done and how it looks.   
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steiconi
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2013 12:10:40 AM »

Not sure what it's like where you are, but most fabric stores here will cut as little as 1/4 yard (about 1/4 meter).  Some will even cut 1/8 yards.  Ask what the minimum cut is.

I would think chenille would be harder to applique because of the uneven surface and squashy texture.  It might help to use iron-on fusible web on the back of the appliques.  Or maybe not, I've never done it.  Try a sample and see what works.


So has anyone done this before? Is chenille harder to applique and if so any tips? Also where can I get smaller pieces of chenille in the colors I want? I don't imagine the fabricland ladies would cut me 1/2 or 1/4 of a meter....

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