Recovering dining chairs in chenille

cba6777October 12, 2013

Hi, I hope I'm posting this in the right place!

I have been working on recovering our kitchen chairs and dining room chairs to replace worn fabric. I have successfully recovered one of the kitchen chairs with a new vinyl to replace the ripped seat cover that was on it. I had looked up several how-to's on line to figure out how to do it, and it came out great!

Now on to the dining room chairs. I bought a textured black fabric that I found out later was chenille. (I don't sew, I really would like to learn!) While laying out the fabric to cut, I discovered it sheds A LOT. Shed on the floor, on my clothes.. .now I'm wondering if I made a mistake in buying this type of fabric. It was from a discount fabric shop, so maybe the quality is the problem.

Is there anything I can do to keep the fabric from shedding on people's clothing when they use the chairs? Is it only shedding because I am cutting it? Should I wash the fabric first? Anyone have the same experience?

At this point I'm not sure if I should just scrap the fabric and shop at another fabric store, or if I can use the fabric I already bought.

Thanks for any insight!

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Chenille also doesn't wear well and will be worn down quickly from people sitting down and getting up all the time.

I have a chenille bathrobe I bought three years ago. It is STILL shedding all over the place!

Personally, I wouldn't put all that work in using chenille. I think you want a fabric that is sturdy and wears well.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 7:31AM
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Thanks, Tibbrix. The only thing I was thinking of was that the chairs in the dining room are used only 1-2x per year, so I wasn't worried about too much wear and tear, just the fabric rubbing off on the few times we use them.

Is there a fabric you can recommend? The fabric that was on it from the manufacturer was a type of waffle weave, black fabric. Even with our cats, it has worn well - but the FL sun has faded it to the point that I thought the fabric was purple!

I was drawn to the chenille because it also had a texture (the chairs are a simple cherry type wood, and since it's sort of an asian themed dining room I didn't want a pattern, yet wanted some interest to the fabric).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 3:25PM
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Asian theme, huh? That would bring to my mind, anyway, fabrics more along the lines of silk or similar. How about a jacquard to give it texture but not a print, per se?

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 4:56PM
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Chenille is not a particularly good fabric for an area that is likely to get wet, thus I would not recommend washing it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Light spots on chenille

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 6:49PM
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