How to Fix Chenille Fabric

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Snags in chenille gloves are easily fixed.
Snags in chenille gloves are easily fixed. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Chenille fabric is a beautiful addition to just about any room in your home. However, because chenille can be somewhat fragile, at some point you will probably need to fix your chenille fabric. The way you choose to do this depends on the purpose of the chenille fabric, the type of chenille fabric and how much wear the area in need of repair actually gets. Since chenille is a textured fabric, it is almost impossible to restore it to its original quality. Making repairs quickly, however, can at least prolong the life of your chenille item.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Cotton thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors

Repairing Chenille Bedspreads or Fabric Yardage

Trim any loose or pulled threads from the damaged area. Never pull a thread, or more will unravel. Instead, clip the loose thread with scissors.

Use matching thread, and whip-stitch any tears from the backside of the bedspread or fabric. The stitches will not be seen from the front, and the bedspread or fabric will be stabilized. Piece the torn fabric back together without overlapping any of it for a better look from the front.

Examine your stitching from the front to make sure no gaps in the tear remain visible.

Repairing Chenille Clothing and Accessories

Identify the type of repair needed. Is there a small tear or a large one, or have loops been pulled?

Use matching thread, and whip-stitch any tears from the back side of the garment or accessory. Piece the torn fabric back together without overlapping any of it so it looks better from the front.

Turn the garment or accessory inside out and match up the edges of any torn fabric. Whip-stitch the torn sides together to repair the fabric.

Repairing Chenille Upholstery

Trim any loose threads around the torn area of the chenille upholstery.

Dab a generous amount of fabric glue onto the base area underneath the tear. Gently press the torn sides into the glue, matching them up to hide the tear.

Repair a large hole by gluing a patch onto the base area underneath the tear. Hold the patch in place for a moment. Add a thin layer of fabric glue around the edges of the patch and press the torn edges into it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check underneath your chenille furniture for a small patch of cloth that can be used for repairs.
  • If your chenille furniture does not have a small patch of cloth you can use for repairs, remove some fabric from a matching throw pillow.
  • Fabric glue will wash away and should not be used to repair items that will be laundered.
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