Bedspreads such as chenille spreads lend themselves to being used for craft projects. Whether you are making a rug, handbag, or holiday decoration, a bedspread can be the perfect material for your craft. This is a guide about crafts made from recycled bedspreads.
This is a rug made from a queen size bedspread that I found for $2 at the thrift store. The bedspread had bleach stain spots on it, but as you can see, they aren't visible in the rug.
Approximate Time: Three days
one queen size bedspread
large crochet hook "q"
Begin with a freshly laundered bedspread. Using scissors, begin at one end and cut one continuous 2 inch wide strip, until the entire bedspread is cut up.
Roll the long fabric strip into a ball as you cut to keep it from getting tangled.
The most time consuming part is the cutting!
The bedspread fabric was quite thick, so I thought the stitching would be easier and last longer with some old kite string I had in my craft supplies. I just used a large crochet hook and did the basic chain stitch for the entire length of the cut fabric and rolled it into a ball as I chain stitched it.
Once the chain stitching was complete, I threaded the yarn needle with kite string and began lacing the stitches together the same way a braided rug is stitched.
The stitching goes a bit under the topside stitch on one side, then under the topside of the stitch on the opposite side.
If this sounds confusing, look at a braided rug and check the stitching. It will make more sense to you then. In fact, that's how I decided the kite string would be hidden.
This rug isn't an area rug size, but just the right size to go at the foot of my bed. If a larger rug is desired, just use two bedspreads.
What better way to give your home a touch of spring than with a bed spring bunny. This bunny head is made using an old chenille bedspread, a recycled bed spring, and a few other odds and ends you probably already have in your craft supplies. The finished bunny stands 11 inches tall.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
white chenille bedspread
white or off-white crochet thread
blush and paintbrush
1/2-inch white pompoms (two)
1/4-inch pink pompom (one)
hot glue gun
4-mm brown and black beads (two)
sewing needle and thread
paper and pen
beige fabric scrap
Cut a 5 1/2-inch wide by 12-inch long rectangle from a white chenille bedspread. This is the bunny's head.
Fold the rectangle in half with the right sides together and the short ends matching. Pin the short ends together.
Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You now have a tube.
Thread an upholstery needle with crochet thread. Sew a running stitch around one end of the tube a 1/2 inch from the edge. Pull the thread to gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread.
Turn the head right side out. Firmly fill the head with stuffing. Sew a running stitch around the opening a 1/2 inch from the edge. Pull the thread to gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread. This end is the top of the bunny's head.
Turn the head with the seam centered in the back. Using powder blush from your make-up discards and a paintbrush, apply two 1-inch diameter cheeks approximately a 1/2 inch apart to the front of the head.
Add fuzzy white cheeks on top of the blushed cheeks by hot gluing two 1/2-inch white pompoms (side-by-side) to the center of the face. Hot glue a 1/4-inch pink pompom nose to the crease between the pompoms.
Sew two 4-mm brown or black beads right above the nose for the bunny's eyes.
Trace a 2 1/2-inch wide by 14-inch long rectangle on paper and cut out. Cut a curve on each of the corners. This is the pattern for the bunny's ears.
Place one layer of tan or beige fabric on your work surface with the right side facing up. Lay a layer of the chenille bedspread on top of the fabric. Position the ear pattern on the chenille and trace around it with a marking pen. Remove the pattern and pin the layers of the traced ear together. Cut out the pinned shape.
Starting at the center of one long edge, sew around the ears using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch opening. Turn the ears right side out through the opening and press with an iron. Hand sew the opening closed.
Cut a piece of crochet thread approximately 6-inches long. Pinch the center of the ears together and wrap the thread around the pinch. Knot and cut the thread. This is the center between the two floppy ears.
Cut 15 pieces of fringe from the bedspread. If the edge of your bedspread has different edging than mine, white yarn can be substituted. Each fringe is approximately 4-inches long. Bundle all but one fringe together and pinch the bundle in the center. Tie the remaining fringe around the center to create your tassel.
Apply a dot of hot glue to the top-center of the bunny's head. Lay the ears over the head, centering the pinched center over the glue. The fabric side of the ears is facing down. Apply hot glue to the top-center and front of the ears. Place the tassel over the glue.
Stand the bed spring on your work surface. Place the bunny head on top of the spring. Using an upholstery needle and crochet thread, stitch the bottom of the head to the top of the bed spring.
Thread the upholstery needle with crochet thread. Double the thread into two strands. Insert the needle through the head on one side of the nose. Continue behind the nose and out the other side of the nose. Cut 4 inches of thread on each side of the nose. Separate the two strands on one side of the nose and tie into a knot beside the nose. Repeat on the other side of the nose. These are the bunny's whiskers. Trim the whiskers to 3 inches long.
Rip a 2-inch wide by 18-inch long strip of fabric. Tie the strip into a bow and trim the ends as desired. Hot glue the bow to the front of the head, just below the face.
I bought a printed, ruffled bedspread, which I suspect is about 40 years old, for $1 at the thrift shop. In good shape, it was a little faded, which made me not want to use it on the bed, but gave it a sort of "vintage" patina. I took it apart and made several matching items to perk up my bedroom. It was fun to see how far I could make that dollar stretch! I have enough fabric left to make a few accent pillows. It was twin-sized. Sometimes you can find two matching twins, which would really give you something to work with!
Approximate Time: Various
used bedspread (mine was a twin)
baskets of desired sizes
jar(s) with lid(s)
pillow forms (not shown)
Place fabric in basket, leaving an and extra inch to turn under. Trim.
Cut "darts" in corners (or every few inches if basket is round).
Hot glue fabric in place, starting with the bottom. Turn under raw edges to meet with top of basket.
Add ribbon bows if desired.
Use a tray made of porous material, such as wood. Cut fabric about an inch larger than tray.
Wet fabric and wring out.
With foam paint brush, paint glue on front of tray.
Attach fabric, removing bubbles. Add glue around edge on other side and press down raw edges.
After 48 hours, seal with varnish.
With a vintage jar, I used the same method for covering the lid as I did for the tray and then trimmed the raw edge with ribbon.
Valance: I made this by removing one whole long side of the bedspread, keeping ruffle attached and adding a rod pocket at the top.
Hope Chest Cover: I used the other long side of the spread and just hemmed the raw edge.
'Nite Notes' Journal: Cut a motif from the fabric, attach with hot glue, add title with 3-D paint.
If you have any of those old chenille bedspreads around, put it to good use and make a handbag. I made this one to show off the pink center in the daisy. That part is the flap of the bag. Then on the other side I put on a pocket to hold my sunglasses and phone.
I have a very old Bates "Queen Elizabeth" pattern woven white cotton bedspread I purchased for $10 at an estate sale. It was an awesome find and I've enjoyed it so much, but now it has developed quite a bit of wear (and even a few holes) in the top, due to being used and washed almost weekly for the past year (the cat sleeps on it too). The sides and top/bottom are still quite good. I need suggestions for crafts I might make from it. I've seen suggestions on using chenille bedspreads for crafts, but this is a much heavier material.