When I finished my faux chenille pillow, I was so excited to post about it (and kind of tired of looking at it at the same time 🙂 ) I took pictures after just one wash. I was also kind of worried about how it was going to finish fraying, and I liked it so much the way it was, I didn’t want to mess with a good thing. But…then I saw a few stray strings and started pulling, and next thing I knew, I had spent 2 hours pulling strings while I chatted with my husband and the entire pillow was completely frayed. And know what? I LOVE IT EVEN MORE!!
Here’s a close up of the before and after. It’s just so FLUFFY! (anyone seen Despicable Me?) And, in the mean time, I’ve also realized that I never shared my inspiration for this pillow so now’s my chance. I first got the how-to on making the faux chenille from MADE
and I want to thank Kimbo at A Girl and A Gluegun
for reminding me of where I saw it (for the life of me- I never remember where I see things, I just file them away in my brain and then when I need to know where it came from- it’s gone!)
One last (okay maybe two last) thing(s): The reason I frayed the pillow by hand is that when you use the washing machine and dryer, the cross fibers tend to get pilled and little and it keeps the fabric from fraying all the way. If I were doing a blanket or other larger project, I would just live with that, but since this was relatively small, doing it by hand let me get all the way down to just the fluff!
And, if you want to see all the instructions for how I made this pillow, you can do so here
That is all.