Reading the list of categories in the  Metcalfe Fair book to see what I might be entering in the homecrafts division, I came across “Rug, any medium, not to exceen 48″ in any direction”. Suddenly something I’d seen in a quilting store recently sprang to mind. So, I phoned up Sue at her lovely quilting store in Rideau Ferry, Ontario and got her to send me 3 panels to make up a chenille rug.  I already had a light grey for the base layer.  The package arrived yesterday.

sewing the chenille layers together

I steam pressed all fabrics first then carefully pinned the three panels together to align the printed design, right sides all facing down.  The second step was to draw diagonal lines on the back of the light grey base layer.  Then pin this layer onto the back of the three panel combo.  The picture turned out blurry, but you might be able to see the drawn lines, the pins and a few sewn lines next to the roll.  For the first time ever, I used the extension table that came with my sewing machine.  It helped a lot, I think, to keep everything from shifting as I sewed all these  diagonal lines.

view of the sewn front

closeup of the sewn front

closeup of the back

Here are pics of the whole front and some detail shots.

I decided that I wanted the rug to be a bit more substantial than just 4 layers of fabric, 3 of which will be cut between the lines of stitching.  So, I now cut a piece of quilt batting the exact size of the trimmed chenille layers and a piece of darker grey to be the very back of the rug.  Pinning all these layers together, I sewed around the edge and every 4″ diagonally to secure the batting.  The new backing was trimmed to 1″ larger than the other layers.

adding the batting and new back

ready to wrap the binding to the front

shot of back showing secured batting

I’m just going to wrap the back around to the front for the binding.  I cut the corners off dark grey back to eliminate bulk in the corners that I plan to mitre.  that’s what I’ll be doing tonight.  Then last step is cutting the chenille into existence and tumbling it in the dryer to fluff it up.

Sue had a sample made up and I am looking forward to mine being just as lovely as that was.  It might even be nicer because the sample didn’t have the batting and extra backing layer.

We’ll see how it does in the Fair too.  I want the judges’ socks blown off with how cool this rug is!!

I can’t wait to show this rug all finished.

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3 Comments on chenille rug tutorial

  1. Mrs.Pickles says:

    oh that is very nice!!

  2. Sandie says:

    I have just seen this exact rug in my LQS and I already had one of the panels. I bought 3 more and will make mine with 4 panels. It will be a great rug for my living/dining room entrance. I’m excited. I haven’t done chenille for years.
    Sandie

  3. Karen Katsiroumbas says:

    Hello, I wonder if there is a photo of the finished chenille rug?

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