Chenille Panel Quilt Is Easy For Basic Sewers

Chenille Panel Quilt
Whip up a super-snuggly Chenille Panel Quilt with this easy-to-follow Chenilled Panel pattern! Turn your favorite 1-yard panel into the perfect lovey or nap time blanket. You will need THREE of the same panel to make the front of the quilt, plus 1 yard of backing fabric. A helpful (but not mandatory) tool is the Olfa Chenille Cutter.

Chenilled Panel-Quilt Mayfair Panel Lewe's Balloons Playmat
Chenilled Panel-Quilt Mayfair Panel Lewe’s Balloons Playmat

What is a Chenille Quilt?

Making chenille looks complicated, but with a walking foot and one special tool called a chenille cutter, it’s actually an easier way to make a quilt. It’s simply stacking multiple layers of fabric, usually whole cloth identical print and a backing fabric, then sewing parallel lines an equal distance across the entire piece. This step can take quite a bit of time, a lot of thread and many bobbins. Next is the cutting of each channel down the center, leaving the bottom layer uncut, then finishing with a toss in the washer and dryer to fluff the raw edges into a soft and cuddly layer.

Chenille Panel Quilt Closeup
Chenille Panel Quilt Closeup

Here’s What We Did For Our Quilt

Our sample quilt was made with 3 panels and backing fabric. The pattern doesn’t call for any batting, however we chose to add a layer of standard weight cotton batting for extra warmth and a more quilty feel.

Skill Level: Beginner

Finished Size is approximately 34″ x 40″, depending on the amount of shrinkage after washing.


  • Chenille Panel Quilt Pattern
  • 3 – 1 Yard Panels
  • 1 1/4 Yard Backing Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Binding Fabric
  • Batting (optional)
  • Olfa Chenille Cutter
  • 505 Basting Spray

Olfa Chenille for Chenilled Panel QuiltWe Prefer The Olfa Chenille Cutter

Although the Olfa Chenille Cutter is not required for this project, it really does make the process much easier and faster to complete. It’s designed for both right and left handed use. The chenille cutter cuts through multiple layers of fabric like butter. It features 4-channel guide sizes for narrow to wide widths, and 24 new exposed blade edges, all with one click. The ultra sharp black, double-honed blade is never exposed for extra safety during cutting. No scissors needed! Foot protects cutting surface from damage.

Please share your comments or tips on chenille quilt making. We appreciate your feedback.

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