The chenille strips will be soft and light or hard and tight based on the threads and materials used. We made very strudy chenille strips using wool and linen threads, and these are good for rugs. If you want to make chenille strips for bed covers, we recommend a variery of cotton threads mixed with self cut cotton strips.

The warp Puuvillalanka 8/2, valkaisematon, tex 74 x 2, 1 kg = n. 6 800 m
Warp width 34 cm
the sett 16 ends/cm
number of warp ends 64 + 1 cotton twine at both edges*
amount of warp yarn needed 90 g
Length 9,8 m (finished length is approx. 8,4 m)
Reed Two times 2 per dent in a 80-dent reed (metric), 16 empty dents, two times 2 per dent… The empty space is 2 cm. = 80/2, 2 
Structure Plain weave

* We added one 18-ply cotton twine in both edges of the warp. The cotton twine is not threaded in the heddle. The twine is threaded in the reed 2 cms from the edge of the fabric (=equal to the distance of the empty spaces in the reed). The twine is not tied in the beginning with the other warp ends, as it it is tied alone in to the apron rod. In this way the cotton twine stays tight and in the right place.

The warp will make 16 pieces of chenille strips.

Weaving instructions

The fabric will shrink when it’s woven. Weave a couple of cms with extra weft that will be unraveled later. You should use thick weft to ensure the beginning is wide enough. Please don’t use a stretcher. Beat with an open shed so the weft has room in the edges and it’s not too tight. Leave a little extra weft in the edges. The extra cotton twine in the edges will help weaving the edges.

NB! The finished fabric may have spots where the warp threads are broken while rolling onto the cloth beam. You can machine-sew the broken section before cutting the strips apart. Sew a straight stitch two times side by side.

Chenille strips for a rug or pillowcase 3772 First snow on mountains


wool yarns 485 g
linen yarns 190 g
cotton yarns 35 g

Wind on the shuttle simultaneously around 3 wool yarns + 4 linen yarns, but occasionally change 1 linen yarn to 1 cotton yarn.
Use colours you want into the final weave. Weave 3 – 8 throws with white weft in a random order otherwise dark coloured fabric. The narrow white stripes form the white “snowflake” spots on the final weave.

The woven length is 2,50 m. The length of the fabric off the loom was 2,43 cm. You get 14 pcs of chenille strips + strips from selvages from the fabric.

Take the fabric off the loom and tie the warp ends to avoid unravelling. Cut the fabric between the warp groups.

Chenille strips for a double width weave bed cover 3770


– Cotton yarns 580 g in total.
Cotton 8/2 bleached 109 g, Cotton 16/2 bleached 62 g, Cotton twine 12/4 beige 174 g, Cotton 8/2, unbleached 140 g and Cotton 16/2 unbleached 95 g. Join one thread of each quality to the weft.

– Cotton strip 590 g. Width 10 mm, cut from a chequered fabric. Cotton strips for the bed cover weft is cut from the same fabric.

Weave alternating 2 self-made multiple strand yarn and 1 cotton strip as weft. The sett is 8 multiple strand yarn + 3 – 4 cotton strip picks/2 cm. The woven length is 6,13 m. Finished length of the chenille strip is 5,98 m. You get 14 pcs of chenille strips + strips from selvages from the fabric.
Take the fabric off the loom and tie the warp ends to avoid unravelling. Cut the fabric between the warp groups.

The length of the chenille strips has been calculated so that it can be used for two throws into the upper and lower layers of the double width weave cover. The width of the cover is 130 + 130 cm. From one chenille strips was left over about 45 cm. Extra length went to the fact that the chenille strips were cut after one throw in both layers, the end of the strip was unravelled and knotted. When calculating the required length, leave the strips at the edges in reserve. If you need them, cut their edges open and trim even.