A DIY Fringe dress is easy when you know how to make fringe
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Did you ever need to finish a sewing project and realized you didn’t have enough fabric to complete it? That’s exactly what transpired here. I was working with a dress pattern. But the fabric was short by about 8 inches in length. Since I had no intention of going to the store, I made a bee line for the remnants and scraps pile and decided to make up the difference with a fringe. I love fringe and though it was unplanned, I welcomed the opportunity to add it to the dress. To be honest, I think it turned out better because I added the fringe.
What is fringe
Have you ever thought what is Fringe made of?
Generally, it’s made with varied types of fibre strands used in the textile industry.
It’s available by the yard/metre in both natural and synthetics fibres; and is used as a decorative trim on clothing, accessories and home decor items.
And if the need ever arises, here’s wow to make fringe:
Select a rectangular piece of woven fabric; unravel/remove lengthwise yarn strands and leave a narrow heading intact. See examples here.
I used an add-on fringe; which is self explanatory; I made it and sewed it to the dress.
Accessories and household items can also be self-fringed; learn more about self-fringe here.
How to make fringe out of fabric
Creating fringe from woven fabrics is easy and cost effective. With some materials, you may find removing threads/yarns from one direction of the fabric is easier than the other. Do a test by pulling a few crosswise and lengthwise strands. It’s a good idea especially if you’re making considerable lengths. As well, you might favour the look of one set of threads over the other; a test will help you decide.
fringe - a decorative element and time saver
Fringe provides quick embellishment to sewing projects. Plus it can eliminate the need for hemming. Ready made fringe is available in a vast selection of styles and colours and can be purchased by the yard/metre. Some are made to be enclosed in seams while others are created with a decorative heading meant to be displayed. Depending on the length and type of fringe, prices can range from affordable to steep. Still, if you’ll like to add movement to your clothing and accessories, try making your own fringe. It will free you to make customized sizes/lengths to suit your all your needs.
types of ready made fringes
Tassel - single and tiered
Calculate the amount of fringe needed
To find out the amount of fringe I needed, I measured the circumference of the hemline and added two inches; that turned out to be approximately 1 yard. Then, I cut a white piece of loose weave material about 37” X 9” and shredded away.
Preparing to make fabric fringe
Materials you will need
Strips of fabric in desired dimensions - Loose weave textiles work best
Dressmaker’s pencil or chalk
Note: Prewash fabric if using cotton
How to attach fringe
You will need a means of attaching fringe to your projects:
Machine stitching is quick and easy.
Hand sewing works too; but it could take a long time depending on hemline or surface widths.
Permanent fabric adhesive is another option but I’ve never used it. So, I can’t give a first hand opinion.
Research the type that’s most suited to your needs and do a test to make sure it dries clear and doesn’t leave residue.
what to do/decorate with fringe
Clothing and accessories - costumes, dresses, jeans, skirts, sleeves, yokes, handbags, belts, bra, hats, headbands
Use fringe as a border; to lengthen; add weight to scarf or shawl
Looped fringe, beaded fringeKitchen towels, tea towels, dish towels, napkins, table runners, placemats
Trim pillows, cushions, curtains, bedding, bath towels, lampshades, soft furnishings, slipcovers
Check out the tutorial below to learn more
I plan to give the dress another go using the right amount of fabric and no fringe. I’ll let you know how that goes. Too, I’ll search for the dress pattern and add a picture to the post.
Meanwhile, I hope you find some ways to use fabric fringe. keep in mind it doesn’t have to be clothing. You can have fun with your home decor projects too.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by.
If the Lord will, see you next time.