Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial

Learn how to make the softest and fluffiest binding ever with our step-by-step chenille quilt binding tutorial! suzyquilts.com

The blocks are sewn, the quilting is finished, and you are ready for binding. Congratulations, you did it! Now, before you grab your traditional binding, why not try something new to add some soft texture to your finished quilt? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make the coziest faux chenille quilt binding using Chenille-It Blooming Bias!

Chenille is the French word for caterpillar, and when used to describe fabric, it describes a fuzzy fabric that resembles a fuzzy little caterpillar. Cute, right? When we say it makes the most charming and fluffy binding ever, you’d better believe us! You can even see how soft it feels just by looking at it. And one of the best things is Chenille-It Blooming bias comes in many colors!

Learn how to make the softest and fluffiest binding ever with our step-by-step chenille quilt binding tutorial! suzyquilts.com
Learn how to make the softest and fluffiest binding ever with our step-by-step chenille quilt binding tutorial! suzyquilts.com

I originally used this method to bind a Garland wall hanging.

Learn how to make the softest and fluffiest binding ever with our step-by-step chenille quilt binding tutorial! suzyquilts.com

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Chenille Quilt Binding Supplies

This tutorial uses the Reflections quilt pattern but this binding technique can be used with any pattern as long as you adjust the amount of Chenille-It (see Step 4). I used leftover fabric from my Garland quilt, scraps from previous projects, and some Art Gallery Fabrics from my stash. 

The Garland Quilt pattern is beginner-friendly, scrap-friendly and precut-friendly! This is the perfect quilt pattern for small scraps of fabric or leftover precut bundles. Sizes include Throw, Baby and Wall Hanging. suzyquilts.com

Get the Garland Quilt Pattern here.

Materials

Optional Materials For Hand Quilting

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Supplies, including a finished Reflections quilt and pink Chenille-It. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Step 1: Make the Reflections Wall Hanging

Follow the directions to make a 30" x 30" wall hanging quilt. Although the fabric requirements provided are for yardage, you can have fun and use up your scraps for this.

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: A finished Reflections quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Step 2: Baste, Quilt, and Trim the Reflections Wall Hanging

Once you have your Reflections Wall Hanging top done, it’s time to baste. Your top should measure approximately 30" x 30". I like to cut my batting and backing a little bigger to give myself some wiggle room. In this case, my batting and backing measure 32" x 32". Baste as desired or use this tutorial

Once your quilt is basted, it is time to quilt. I combined walking-foot quilting and hand-quilting to keep it interesting. Once you’re done quilting, trim off the excess batting and backing and square up your wall hanging.

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: A finished Reflections quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Step 3: Secure the Quilt Edges

Since this technique does not use regular binding to cover up raw edges around the quilt, the edges must be secured to prevent the quilt from unraveling. 

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Sewing machine securing the edges of a quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

There are 2 ways to do this. The easy one is to use a serger to sew around the quilt. But for those of us who don’t have a serger, you can also use a zig zag stitch to achieve the same goal. Set your stitch width to 4.5 and length to 1.5 — the stitch will cover about 1/4" of fabric from the raw edges of the quilt. 

Remember to change your presser foot to a zig zag foot. Each machine has a different setting, so you may have to play around with your stitch width and length to get the desired result

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Quilt with zig zag stitched edges. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Step 4: Measure and Cut Chenille-it Blooming Bias

Attaching Chenille-It Blooming Bias is different from attaching regular quilt binding. Instead of attaching one strip, folding it over, and then stitching it down, this material is sewn onto both sides separately. See the photos below for an example of what I mean...

Learn how to make the softest and fluffiest binding ever with our step-by-step chenille quilt binding tutorial! suzyquilts.com

Depending on the look you prefer, you can either add one strip on each side or double it to make it extra fluffy. So, instead of cutting two strips per side of your quilt, you’ll cut four strips for each side.

Measure the width (shorter side) and the length (longer side) of your quilt, then add 1" to each side. In this example I am opting for a doubled-up fluffier look. My Reflections Wall Hanging is 30" x 30", so I cut 16 -  31" strips for all 4 sides (4 strips per side).  

These measurements can be adjusted for any size quilt you are making. Just be sure that the roll you purchase has enough yardage on it to cover the length and number of strips you’ll need.

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Measuring the edges of a quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Step 5: Attach Chenille-it Blooming Bias

If the quilt you are binding is rectangular, begin by sewing Chenille-It to the shorter side. In this case because Reflections is a square quilt, begin with any side. 

Stack TWO Chenille-It Blooming Bias strips along one edge of the quilt with the quilt top facing up. The strips should hang over the corners of the quilt by about 1/4" as shown below.

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Chenille-It overhand on a quilt corner. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

The strips should hang about 1/8" over the side edges of the quilt as shown below. The overhang on the corners and sides helps to hide the edges of the quilt after the chenille is fluffed up in the next step.

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Chenille-It overhang on quilt edges. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Sew the strips on with 1/4" seam allowance. 

Flip the quilt over so the back side is facing up. Carefully stack TWO strips along the same side of the quilt that you just sewed and attach them the same way. You’ve finished one side! Repeat this step with the remaining three sides to finish attaching the strips.

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Chenille-It sewn on the all edges of a quilt before washing. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Step 6: Wash and Watch the Chenille Quilt Binding Magic Happen!

Here comes the hardest part…the waiting!

Simply wash your quilt on cold in the delicate wash cycle, then tumble dry on a low heat setting. And voila! A fluffy-edged quilt! The chenille look appears magically and it feels just as magical. 

I think this would be super adorable on any baby quilt — the added texture around the edges will be fun for any baby. Hmmm…I see lots of snuggle time in the near future! 

What quilt will you bind with chenille? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to tag @suzyquilts and use #SuzyQuiltsBlog on Instagram so we can see your beautiful (and fluffy) creations! 

Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: Chenille-It sewn on the all edges of a quilt after washing. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com
Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial: A woman holds a Reflections wall hanging quilt with a chenille quilt binding. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com
Learn how to make the softest and fluffiest binding ever with our step-by-step chenille quilt binding tutorial! suzyquilts.com

15 thoughts on “Chenille Quilt Binding Tutorial

  1. Pamela Meyers Arbour says:

    That is very creative. I have never seen that for binding before. I hope to try that on one of my future quilts.

  2. Jamila H. says:

    I don’t have a dryer.

    Will it still work, ie.the fluffing up part, if you dry it on a rack?

    This is an interesting new feature to try on any quilt.

    Thanks for letting us know about it.

  3. Ann says:

    Thank you for the tutorial, after the holidays, I’m going to make a quilt and try this. Always wanted to dabble in chenille.

  4. Jenni Grover says:

    this is THE COOLEST and it comes in hot pink! just ordered a roll to try. it’s going to be so fun! thanks for this excellent tutorial –

  5. Candy says:

    Have used this before, but never realized I could double it up. Perfect for flannel baby blankets. Love the extra texture it will create.

  6. Jane says:

    I have put Chenille binding on several baby quilts and it is easy to do and looks adorable. It is also a very quick way to do a binding if you’re ever short on time for completing a gift. I plan to try it on a full sized quilt in the near future.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Just came across this article…hopefully you still read the comments. I have a quilt that I would love to do this on, but I cannot put it in the washer or dryer. Can you just spritz it and get this effect?? This would look perfect!!

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