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Chevron Chenille Guest Towel

March 20, 2013

Inspiration
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You know the moment when you hit gold, you are overjoyed and totally enthused but later when you try to relive that moment you can't visualize anything but your discovery. What you were doing before- gone, what lead to the discovery- gone, why you even bothered to work that day- gone. That is the exact dilemma when I try to remember how I discovered Aesthetic Nest's Chenille Baby Blankets. She has designed not one but two awesome (and this is not awesome in the college student meaning but literally inspires awe) chenille baby blankets. One is a traditional style with bias strips and the second is a chevron chenille that follows the pattern from some of our Premier Print Chevron Fabric. I was blown away and anxious to start my own for my 2 girls. The only thing stopping me is that each blanket takes about 4-5 hours to stitch up the chevron design plus cutting. Since my littlest is not quite 6 mo old I want to wait till she is a little older before I take on such a time intensive project (or wait for my mother-in-law to visit). But I really want to try the technique. There is something exciting about gambling a good bit of time and then watching your efforts bloom (literally in the washer). So I decided I would take Anneliese's technique and add it to a hand towel for my guest bathroom, currently being re-done.
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I used the top chevron pattern. The bottom one was too small

I selected three layers of flannel, though you can use up to five for some extra fluffy chenille, in gray and white. I cut them as wide as the towel by 5'' high. I cut 2 gray and one white and layered them: gray, white, gray. This way when the stripes curled up you would see a hint of the white but mostly gray. Next, I traced out my chevron pattern onto a piece of paper from some Premier Print fabric. I tried to trace it from the fabric to the white flannel but it didn't work very well. Once traced onto my paper I then traced it onto the top piece of flannel (gray). You only need to trace one line since you will use your presser foot as a spacer (see picture below). You should use disappearing ink but since you really won't see it once the flannel is curled I used a regular pen.

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Front all stitched up

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Back of the towel all stitched up. Looks neat!


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Then, I pinned my layers to the towel and started stitching along my marker line. Once my first line was complete I used my presser foot to space the distance for my next line (approx ½'') and kept stitching until my flannel was covered.

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Half done cutting

Next, you will need your scissors to start cutting down the middle of your stitching. Try to get it in the middle as much as possible. It doesn't need to be perfect since it will curl up but you want it pretty close. Clip all your lines and then admire your work. The hard part is done. Now you need to wash it. Mine needed two runs through the washer and dryer. I did washer, dryer, washer, dryer to get the most agitation. It will get even more frayed and curled as you use it and will look better and better as time goes by- that's the beauty of chenille. 

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