A Chenille Starfish and Sea Urchin

As many of you know, I am in love with the sea urchin made out of recycled chenille by Parker Brown Textiles! Of course, I though I can make those… For myself of course, not to sell… Because, unfortunately, I don’t have the 80 bucks to spend on one at the moment. Sad, but true…

So I’ve been on the hunt for a used chenille blanket for months… Obviously people don’t donate them to thrift shops very often! So we went on vacation to the beach, without my pillows being made. Our first part of the trip was spent in North Alabama and the town had a thrift shop… We drove by it once and my husband asked if I wanted to go, and I said no, let’s just keep on track with our sight-seeing. All the time thinking to myself, ‘I’m saying no, but I bet there’s a chenille blanket in there.’ So the next day, where did we end up? In front of that same thrift shop, not once, but twice. So of course, we finally went in and what did we find??? That chenille blanket!

My third and final project made on the beach house front porch??? The starfish and sea urchin. I love my starfish, but the sea urchin… Not so much! The starfish looks like a really cool starfish, but the sea urchin looks like a chenille poof. not really a sea urchin.

not that there’s anything wrong with a chenille poof, it’s just exactly the look I was going for! There are obviously different types of chenille fabric and I think the one I got lends itself more to the starfish than the sea urchin. The next one I’ll add more side panels, I think that will help it. And I need to tweak the shape of the panels.

You’ll be surprised how far a $15.00 thrifted chenille bedspread will go. As in, next summer when I go to the beach you’ll probably see more chenille projects!

Coming up…. Next week is Kids Clothes Week Challenge! Have you signed up yet? I have and I have plenty of projects that need to get done. Then after that, more on my Southern adventures and some giveaways! Yea!



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  1. Both are SO sweet! I love that you’ve made them from a chenille blanket too. I bet you’ll be able to make a ton of projects from one blanket too. So fun! … I think I’m gonna have to keep an eye out for one of those too.🙂

  2. These are so cute. I ♥ all things beachy!

  3. Thes are so cute! I have lots of chenille bedspreads, but I can not sew I would be willing to trade them to you in return for some sea creatures, just let me know!

  4. Norma Harris says:

    Did you draft your own patterns or where did you find them??? A friend has a chenille bedspread and I sew. Thanks!

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