How To Make A Fringe Trim

A fringe trim adds an interesting detail to any jacket. Fabrics like tweed, wool, boucle, and linen are all suitable to make fringe detail. A fringe can be made from a bias cut piece of fabric for an interesting and colorful trim, or it can be made from a strip of fabric cut on the straight grain of the fabric. The trim for my Boucle Tweed Fringe Jacket was made from strips of fabric cut on the straight grain and by pulling the weft threads, thus giving me the black fringe I wanted. Decide whether you want to pull the warp or the weft threads by practicing on a piece of scrap fabric.

Pull out a few threads from your fabric slightly longer then the required trim length.

Cut your required length and width of trim and add 1 cm seam allowance to the trim width which will be used to attach it to the garment edge.

Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, using a stitch width and length between 2 and 2.5 mm. Place the pulled out thread on the 1 cm seam line and stitch down using the zigzag stitch. This will prevent your fringe from pulling out.

Start removing the threads up to the stitched line, using a seam ripper, needle or awl. Trim the fringe even once completed.

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