Chenille Backed Blanket Tutorial

This is a great first project for the begining sewer, and makes a great baby gift.

1. You need to start off with 1 piece of chenille cut 36″x36″ and 1 piece of cotton or flannel cut to 36″x36″.  For this tutorial, my chenille is actually 2 colors of chenille sewn together and cut to the correct size.


2. Line up the pieces, RIGHT sides together and pin to secure around the outside.  Sew with a 1/2″ seam around the entire outside of the square, leaving an 8″ hole in the middle of a side for turning.


The hole for turning:


3. Snip the corners.  Cut near, but not on the threads making up the corner.

step-4a.jpg step-4b.jpg

4. Turn the blanket right side out through the hole.  Iron a nice, crisp crease into the edges.


5. Fold over the raw edges of the open hole ~1/2″, iron and pin the openning closed.  Set aside.


6. Select a decorative stitch to stitch around the outside of the blanket (a zigzag stitch looks nice).  Get some scraps of similar fabric layers to practice the stitch, adjusting length and width until you are satisfied with how it looks.  This is my practice piece:


7. Sew with your decorative stitch all the way around the outside of the blanket, closing up the hole as you go.


8. Snip threads and YOU’RE DONE!


Close up of the decorative stitching:


9. Take a nice picture for your blog.


All rolled up and ready for gifting!


Other options:

Instead of chenille on one side, try flannel for both sides.

Try using pre-peiced cotton on one side for a blanket that looks like a quilt.


If using a sheet, you may need to anchor the sheet and chenille together in the center.  This would be the final step of the process.  Some sheets tend to be polished so that they don’t grip the chenille as well as regular cotton fabrics.

See previous post about using a walking foot when sewing with chenille.

55 thoughts on “Chenille Backed Blanket Tutorial

  1. I love this. Oh thank you. My husband just gave me a brand new sewing machine for my birthday this past friday. It is my first one and I cant wait to get started on all the possible crafting I could do. This will be my first project. I will start it the first week of August. I cant wait. Thank you so much.
    Great tutorial!
    Gorgeous blanket!
    Lovely blog!

  2. Very nicely done. I can follow these instructions! Now to get some chenile. Oh, wait, I must finish painting and cleaning up first. Then get the house on the market.

    In the meantime I will look for my chenile and be ready!!!

    Thanks so much.

  3. I did something similar with a piece of pull on one side so I had a washable dipaer-changing pad on one side and a cozy blanket the other side.. I coud have used your tutorial at that time though.. It is well used but a bit odd.

  4. thanks for sharing. i’ve been wanting to make something new for my baby. i have chenille and some of that dotted minky stuff, which i fear will be hard to sew. i just need to bite the bullet.

    (and thanks for your chenille sewing tips, too!)

  5. Hi !

    Thanks for this one. I saw your previous post with your favorite patchwork material and thought…I wonder how she did that? I dug in my stash and found some great chenille like material – a little lower profile and some matching flannel. I’m hoping to put them together this week and take a stunning photo for my own blog.

    Just in time for baby boy due next month!!!


  6. I love the color choices in this tutorial. Green and pink are so delicious together. Makes me think of ice cream. I really enjoyed finding your blog tonight.

  7. Thanks for the tutorial! One question…if I used two pieces of flannel (not ready for chenille yet) and I placed some of that cotton batting (Warm and natural?), do I need to quilt it so it can be washed?

  8. I tried putting a chenille backing on a baby quilt I made one of my nieces a year ago but it didn’t turn out very nicely but my sil kept it still. Now my sil is expecting another baby and I hope to use your tips and tutorial to put together a really nice keepsake quilt this time for her and the new baby. Thanks!

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  14. I’ve made several using flannel for both sides and terry cloth/flannel. They turned out beautifully as baby gifts. The adults in my office want me to make some for them.

  15. Hi

    Im new to sewing and your tutorial looks like it will easy to follow. one quick question – why do you snip the corners?


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  18. thanks for the tutorial!! I’m all set to give this a go as my first real project! I have a question, though, on average, how much do you spend on chenille per yard?

  19. I used your tutorial to make my first baby blanket. It turned out pretty good for my first time! I was wondering if I could post your website on my blog to go with the picture of my finished blanket. I want to give you credit for the great tutorial!

  20. Thank YOU soooo much for the great tutoril. my first time ever sewing anything, and I made this little blanket for my four year old, she loves it! my perfectly imperfect first masterpiece! what fun to sew!

  21. I have been looking for easy blanket to compliment the embroidered burp cloths that I give for gifts at baby showers. As a beginner this is really understandable. Thanks for the inspiration. I am off to the fabric store.

  22. My grand daughter has a blanket similar to this that she carries around all the time, however the back of hers is silky and she loves that softness. Would that be hard to sew do you think? I’ve done some sewing, but not real savvy at it…..

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  29. Thank you for posting! Quick question… Could you also secure the inside of the blanket with some quilting lines? Do you find that it’s necessary to secure the two fabric pieces together?

    Thanks again for your help!!!

  30. Do you make T-Shirt quilts? My adult daughter would like one make from her HS t-shirts, but not sure I can do this.
    Thank you, natalie

  31. i will be attempting this blanket to give to my best friend for her baby shower it look really simpl. Love the idea hopevit works out for me this beautiful.

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