As promised, today I’m going to show you how to make you’re own
Custom Ribbon Fringe
as seen on this staircase landing window treatment.
As I mentioned in the last post, I envisioned a long, flowing type of trim for this window treatment but couldn’t find what I saw in my “mind’s eye”. So I made my own!
This fringe is a 5-strand trim using 3 different 1/2″ ribbons and 2 different yarns. I stayed with an ivory, cream & white color palette but the possibilities when making your own fringe are endless both in color combinations and materials.
The ribbons used were Hug Snug seam binding in Oatmeal, Winter White & Mushroom and the yarns were white and warm cream. I no longer have the wrappers for the yarn but they were both purchased at Hobby Lobby.
This particular fringe was made by sewing the ribbons and yarns to a fabric facing.
Option: Fringe could be sewn directly to your fabric. For example if fringe is being used for a pillow, it could be sewn directly to the pillow front.
The fringe is sewn to a 2.5″ wide facing cut from the same fabric as the window treatment.
*Gathering the ribbons and yarns together, determine the length you’d like your fringe to be. The fringe shown is 4″ long.
*Begin by sewing the ends of your ribbons to the facing to secure in place.
*Loop the fringe at 4.5″ and bring back to the edge of the facing, loop again and sew in place. (The extra 1/2″ is your seam allowance.)
*As you loop and sew, occasionally twist the ribbons and yarns for a fuller, twisted effect. This process allows the individual colors and textures to not always be in the same place on your trim. It helps create a random rather than uniform appearance.
*Continue looping the fringe every 4.5″ and sewing in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
***The closer you sew your loops together the fuller the fringe.
Continue the looping and sewing process until you have created enough fringe for your project. My window treatment was 86″ long so I made 2.5 yds (90″) of fringe.
Just look at all this Loopy Loveliness!
At this point, it appears I was so happy with the results that I failed to take pictures of actually attaching the fringe to the window treatment. But the steps are as follows:
*Sew fringe (and facing) to window treatment, right sides together, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. (Fringe will be layered between the facing and the window treatment fabric.)
*Fold facing to wrong side of window treatment releasing trim. Iron flat.
*On the wrong side of window treatment turn raw edge of facing under and topstitch in place. At this point I decided to trim the facing from 2.5″ wide to 1.5″ in order to have a smaller facing seam.
I can’t wait to make this fringe again!
Honestly, it didn’t take that long. It’s not a super-quick project but just imaging all the possibilities!
To see more, check out the resulting window treatment with it’s own custom fringe! It was definitely worth the extra effort!