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Before and After- faux chenille pillow part 2

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.

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  • Samantha
    January 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    It is so so adorable! Very nice and fluffy, it really does look chenille like!

  • Dacia
    January 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

    What a cute idea. I love the pillow!

  • Amy C
    January 29, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Oh this is very cute! I love the way you frayed it! I think that would be such a fun decoration for Valentines. It makes me want to make one. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

  • Beverly @
    January 29, 2011 at 5:52 am

    This is sooo sweet!! I loved that blanket too – I think it was a great idea to do on a pillow! So cute!
    ~ stopping by from Tatertots and Jello!

  • Three Sisterz
    January 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    sooo darling! love it!

  • April
    January 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Ooo my goodness I love it! that is just so adorable! I would love for you to link up to my Sew Crafty Party!

  • Sandy
    January 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Found you at the Link up party at Tatertots & Jello. Love your pillow. I made a felt flower pillow that you might like (think I'm number 413 on the links!)

  • Jennifer Rodriguez
    January 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Love it!
    You did a wonderful job 😀

  • Julie
    January 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays

  • Jen
    January 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, we just watch Despicable Me the other night, and that is my most favourite scene ever! Adorable pillow, and great job on the faux chenile. I am a new follower from Tater Tots and Jello link up. I didn't post a linky, because there were soooo many already. 🙂
    Hope you come by to say hi!

  • Kim
    January 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I love this pillow you made, it shows how much heart you have!!! I hope to make one as nice as yours, I'll have to share it when I'm done. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • ellie g
    January 31, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE this pillow, Amy~
    It is so marvelous! And I love the fraying technique. Now I'm trying to figure out when I can do it.

    Super cute. I'm callin' you the pillow girl this season!

  • Jonie Marie
    January 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    First of all, CONGRATS on making it onto American Crafter!!! You are going to be great! You've got this first challenge in the bag.

    Second of all, I love the way you write. It has really inspired me to be a little more personal on my own blog.

    let's do lunch. and I'm not kidding. 🙂

  • Chiara
    January 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I absolutely love this, and the frayed edges are genius! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    February 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I love it even more, too! Congrats on making it into American Crafter!!!

  • momof4azkids
    February 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Oh my goodness, such great ideas! I’m your newest follower,
    and would love it if you’d follow me too!

    Have a great week!

  • Leslie
    February 3, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Super, super cool.

  • [email protected]
    February 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Love the effect! Thanks for sharing … I'll be linking!

  • Michell
    February 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    LOVE it! Congrats on being a contestant!! I am too!

    I can't wait to see how to make me some pillows!! Thanks for sharing!

    New Follower!

  • Melissa~
    February 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    This is just gorgeous! How clever are you? Pinning this to my Pinterest board. 🙂

    ♥ Melissa~
    Pink Paper Peppermints

  • Spunky Junky
    February 4, 2011 at 6:50 am

    WoW! freakin' awesome, way to go girl! I am totally rockin this pillow. I featured you on my weekly wrap up at Spunky Junky. Feel free to stop by and grab a button.


  • Happy Homemaker And Momma
    February 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    It's so fluffy I could die!! Hahhaha-this is so cute!!!

  • Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State
    January 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    That turned out really cute!

    Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage!