These easy instructions show how to make fringe for cross stitch designs for pillows, bookmarks, ornaments and many other projects. Done in moderation and with an exacting hand, fringe can provide that "something extra" needed to finish off a special gift or keepsake.
You may also want to add floss accents to your fringe. If you decide to add floss accents, proceed in this order:
If you will not be adding floss accents, continue here:
Before you can learn how to make fringe, you must have a "finished" edge to work with. Otherwise, the fringe can just "keep going" right through the cross stitch itself. To learn more about how to finish off the edges, see How to Join Sides.
The instructions on that page can be used to finish edges for a single cross stitch or for one with two sides that must be joined.
I prefer to secure the edges of a cross stitch using floss rather than thread and sewing machine.
Following these steps, you will learn how to make fringe in no time!
Run a line of Fray Block at the base of the fringe to prevent further raveling. See How to Join Sides for more detail on how to finish off edges, whether working with one- or two-sided projects.
Sometimes your design calls for something a little different. Our "Freedom Isn't Free" bookmark is a good example of that, where the theme of a proudly waving flag is carried beyond the stitched image.
Note how the curve of the fringe mimics the wave of the flag. Your design may call for a zig zag, perhaps next to some lightning on a Halloween bookmark. Whatever the design, simply improvise a shape.
Try it! If you do not like the results, a quick snip of the scissors restores the straight edge. You might want to wait a couple of days and view it with a fresh eye.
Step 1: Decide how long you would like to make your fringe. Starting a few stitches farther out, use a pencil to draw your desired shape directly on the fabric.
Step 2: Slightly inside the line you drew, carefully cut the fabric using the shape of your pencil line as a guide. (You will be discarding the end with the pencil mark).
Step 3. The remaining rows make up the fringe. Now skip back up to Step 2 in the section, Now for the Fringe to see how to finish this process in detail.
Now that you know how to make fringe, go make some!