Fabrics We Love: Chenille

Fabrics We Love: Chenille

After you’ve settled on your next home décor project, you’re faced with which fabric will best suit your needs and make the biggest statement. You take into account how soft the fabric is, its durability, color and general fabric characteristics. Given the endless options you’ll likely have, it can be tough to choose which fabric is best. We suggest doing your research (especially when it comes to buying fabrics online), including quality, characteristics and durability. To help, we’ve put together a few reasons as to why this fabric is one of our favorites for home projects. We think you’ll love it, too!

Chenille is one of our top product selections, as it is a soft, textured fabric which is perfectly suited for home decor. Chenille uses silken thread sewn onto cotton or wool in tight loops for a lovely 3-D effect. Chenille is commonly made from cotton, but can use synthetic fibers as well, especially for heavier-weight projects. It is a frequent choice for everything from throws to holiday stockings, and its popularity is easy to understand.

There are two main type of chenille, one for utility uses that is commonly 100% cotton, perfect for towels, robes, and baby items – and home décor chenille that is better suited to upholstery and window treatments. Chenille comes in a number of colors and styles, depending upon your needs and personal tastes. You can narrow down your selections by color, pattern, weight, or even project type on fabric.com, making it easier than ever to find the perfect chenille fabric for your home. Here are three reasons why chenille is a great fabric:

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1. Softness

Cotton baby chenille is incredibly soft, making it a popular fabric for products which touch your skin, such as blankets, throws, pillows and comforters. This lovely feature also makes chenille well-suited for baby items, such as blankets. Chenille’s intricate texture is inviting to the touch, making this fabric perfect for gifts - whether for yourself or someone else. If softness is important to you, then Chenille makes a fabulous choice for a variety of fabric projects.

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Some of our favorite soft chenille fabrics are these Minky Chenille Soft Cuddle by Shannon Fabrics. One important point to remember is that cotton chenille becomes softer as you wash it. So follow the care instructions and you’ll soon have soft burp cloths, towels, and more!

2. Beauty

When you are creating a handmade item using fabric, you want it to be more than just soft. For example, making your project pleasing to the eye can be as important as its feel. Your home decor pieces are almost always going to be seen before they are touched - therefore, beauty is an important attribute for any home decor fabric. Fortunately, chenille is also a perfect choice when you wish to add style to your space. In addition to its softness, chenille is also known for its beauty.

One of the reasons why chenille is so attractive is the way that the chenille material can contrast with the background fabric. This contrast can create beautiful patterning, such as in our Monterey Gate Chenille, or combinations of both color and texture contrasts, such as this Fabricut Tsunami Chenille. Many chenille options also feature an incredible luster, making them extremely pleasing to the eye, and a wonderful choice for your next home style upgrade.

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3. Versatility

When you choose a fabric for its softness and beauty, sometimes you are limiting yourself to the types of applications that are suitable for your choice. Chenille, fortunately, does not limit you in this way. It comes in a variety of weights, making it a perfect choice for lighter weight projects or even heavy upholstery projects, due to its incredible versatility. You can use chenille for everything from valances to throw pillows, bedspreads or upholstery projects - depending upon your chosen fabric weight. Our 10 ounce cotton chenille options, for example, are available in a number of colors and are well-suited for soft, fluffy robes and pillows. Or, consider some of our heavier weight options for slipcovers or heavy drapes.

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Chenille’s versatility makes it a great go-to for a variety of projects, which is why we suggest keeping it in the back of your mind when selecting fabric for your next project. It’s super soft and beautiful and great for transforming your home into the space of your dreams!

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