Here's a close up of the before and after. It's just so FLUFFY! (anyone seen Despicable Me?) And, in the mean time, I've also realized that I never shared my inspiration for this pillow so now's my chance. I first got the how-to on making the faux chenille from MADE and I want to thank Kimbo at A Girl and A Gluegun for reminding me of where I saw it (for the life of me- I never remember where I see things, I just file them away in my brain and then when I need to know where it came from- it's gone!)
One last (okay maybe two last) thing(s): The reason I frayed the pillow by hand is that when you use the washing machine and dryer, the cross fibers tend to get pilled and little and it keeps the fabric from fraying all the way. If I were doing a blanket or other larger project, I would just live with that, but since this was relatively small, doing it by hand let me get all the way down to just the fluff!
And, if you want to see all the instructions for how I made this pillow, you can do so here.
That is all.