Chenille Hearts N Such

Chenille Hearts N Such

I had some knit tops that I wanted to jazz up, but couldn’t decide what to do. I felt that whatever embellishment I did it needed to lift up off the fabric. Initially.

I thought of using one of my fringe designs, but ultimately decided against that. Fringe machine embroidery requires a lot of stitching – not particularly good for knits because the needle penetrations will show after the fringe is released. Then I had my eureka moment. I was surprised at how fast and easy these Chenille went on. But I was even more impressed with the results.

I had my dimensional embellishments and my knit tops went from okay to wow.


Chenille Stars

Chenille Stars Embroidery Collection
  • All designs shown below for each hoop size.
  • A small star design to use for sewing samples & practice
  • Includes full-color instructional booklet in pdf format


Chenille is a wildly simple means of adding a bit of texture and dimension to an otherwise ho-hum garment. Rarely seen in machine embroidery, chenille designs add a dimension to your projects unlike any other.

Chenille is created with woven fabrics that fray easily – rayon challis, cotton flannels, and other loosely woven natural fabrics. It is an applique technique that gives a totally different effect from traditional machine embroidery applique.

Machine embroidery chenille is that effect when you say you sewed it people will take a ‘good look’, then ask, “how did you do that?” – smiles!

Basically the process goes like this:

  1. Place a few layers of the applique fabric over the area.
  2. Sew the design through all layers.
  3. Remove the hoop from the machine.
  4. Cut the excess fabric off about ⅛” or less on either side of the stitching.
  5. Toss the project in the washer and dryer and let the magic happen.
  6. Trim off any unruly threads and it is ready to go.

Note: Be sure to carefully read the directions that accompany the designs to get the right stabilizers, fabrics, needles, and layers.

Chenille Hearts N Such Collection
Chenille Hearts N Such Collection

There are very few stitches in chenille designs making them the perfect designs for knits. I sewed mine onto knit tops. That said, I practiced sewing them on scraps practicing my chenille skills before committing to sewing them on ready made garments. Turns out it is quite easy to do. Each of my collections contain a small sample with which to practice.

The fabric trimming does not have to be as precise as traditional machine embroidery applique because once the applique fabrics have ‘chenille’ all those uneven cut edges are hidden.

The stars are perfect for a festive season, which is what I did here with white stars on navy top. I figured this was good for July 4th, Christmas, and when comets pass by – smiles.

Chenille Stars Collection
Chenille Stars Collection

Chenille designs sew fast. No other machine embroidery technique can give you this effect with so few stitches. Fringe gives a similar effect but fringe this thick would require thousands of dense stitches making them unsuitable for knits or fine fabrics.

While you are visiting me check out my Fringe designs. If you have been following me for very long you know I love fringe and I add it to all my designs I think I can get by with – smiles.



Chenille Hearts N Such

Chenille Stars


Applique Collections

Applique is a novel concept that has been sewn in machine embroidery for a long time. I prefer it for large areas instead of flat solid fills. Plus the wide range of fabrics that can be used, esp the almost solid fabrics with their various shades and minor prints, adds a special touch to the design you can’t get with machine embroidery thread alone.

Some applique designs are quite ornate as the Applique Elegance Collection.

With some minor variations it follows something like this:
1. Sew the outline of the applique shape onto the background fabric
2. Lay the applique fabric over that area
3. Sew the tack down stitches that apply the fabric to the background fabric
4. Take the hoop off the machine – Don’t take the fabric out of the hoop
5. Trim the excess applique fabric from around the outside of the stitching
6. Return the hoop to the machine
7. Sew the details on top of the applique fabric
8. Sew the finishing stitches around the raw edges of the applique fabric – usually satin stitching.

Applique is the perfect choice for towels and other fabrics with a pile (ie. velour, velveteen, corduroy). The applique fabric prevents the pile from coming up through the machine embroidery stitching and creates a flat smooth surface for the design to be sewn.

Love My Bloomers
Love My Bloomers

Some applique designs are quite elegant as the floral design in the Spring Quilt Banner.

Spring Banner Quilt Project
Spring Banner Quilt Project

If you have not sewn applique before, don’t be afraid to try it in your embroidery hoop. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


Applique Elegance

Baby Animals Applique

Big Crazy Cats Applique


Double Wedding Ring Applique

Fantasy Applique

Love My Bloomers

Mandala Applique

Pami – Flaunt Your Sass!

Pots O' Flowers Applique

Prisms Amour Applique

Rose of Sharon Applique

Simple Flowers Applique

Spring Banner

Tulips Applique

Tulips Filigree