call these "fuzzies", but they are also more
commonly known as
This technique involves cutting
fabric on the bias, 45° across the lengthwise and crosswise woven
grains of the fabric.
The cut edges, left raw, will get "fuzzy" when washed
and dried. They will not ravel or get raggy, just
fuzzy. You do not risk clogging your washing machine or your
drains with this technique. You do not have to do any clipping
or snipping to achieve this fuzzy look. You just need to wash
and dry the project, with some agitation. Or you can just get
it wet and rough it up with a soft brush, raising up the fibers on
the raw, bias cut edges.
At first, you should always test
your fabrics before jumping into the project. After a while,
you will begin to get a "feel" for what fabrics will work
better than others, but I still cut and sew test strips. This
involves cutting a couple of 5/8" wide bias strips off the
corners of my fabrics, layering 3, sewing them together and to a
foundation, getting them wet, brushing them up, letting them
dry. I always sew a couple of different combinations. If
they just lay there or simply fold over and look flat, I look for
different fabrics or other combinations.
Fuzzies are best made using cotton,
rayon, linen fabrics, or a blend of any of these fibers. The
technique works best when the fabric is not printed, but only woven,
such as a plaid or stripe. However, using printed fabric in
combination with non-printed, produces satisfactory results. Heavier decorator-type
such as Bark Cloth, even when printed, work great, as does Monk's
Cloth. Any fabric with lots of "yarn" in the weave
that will let loose when washed will usually result in an
excellent fuzzy edge.
Flannels and brushed cottons
make very wonderful fuzzies, but one should pay attention to the
brushed side. We have found that if only one side is brushed,
that side should be face down when applied to the project.
This usually means that the brushed sides will be facing up when you
are marking and stitching the fuzzies.
One: Cut a right triangle, where the two short legs of the
triangle are on the lengthwise and crosswise grains and are of equal
length. The long side opposite the 90° corner is a bias cut
edge. Cut triangles in multiples of 3 (i.e. 3, 6, 9, 12 etc.)
Two: Stack 3 triangles, brushed side up if there are any
brushed fabrics (see above).
Three: Mark stitching line 5/8" apart, starting
5/16" (half way between the 1/4 and 3/8 inch marks on your
ruler) from the long bias edge. (See illustration below.)
Four: Stitch on these lines, through all 3
Five: Cut half-way between the stitched lines, through all
3 layers. Your "fuzzies" will be flat and measure
5/8" wide by varying lengths.
can now be stitched to any foundation through the stitching
line which is running down the center of the 3-layer strip.
When you need more length, just overlap approx. 1/2" and
continue stitching down the center of the fuzzies. If your
stitching line was drawn with permanent ink, or if one side of the
fabric is brushed, place that next to the foundation when stitching.
When the fuzzies are all attached
to your project,
you must wash and dry them, either by machine or by hand (see
above) to raise the fibers and actually make them nice and FUZZY!
You will love these so much we
can't imagine only wanting "chenille by the inch".
You will need many, many feet! So have fun making "Fuzzies
By The Foot"!
See my patterns which all use
"fuzzies" as embellishment of some sort. These are
sure to inspire and start you thinking of all the places you would
like to have FUZZIES!
Click on any of the pictures below
for details of each pattern.