How to Make Fringe Trim & Add It To Your Clothes For a Nautical Look

Curly Made
by Curly Made
8 Materials
1 Hour

Fringe for clothing is totally hot right now. These sassy, swingy, strips of fabric make you and your clothes look like you’re having so much fun. Depending on how long you make the fringe, you can make your DIY fringe trim look nautical all the way to cowboy. If you wanted to know how to make fringe, my DIY fringe tutorial will show you how to update your clothes to add this fun fringe right now. Let me show you how to make fringe you can wear today.

Tools and materials:

  • Sweater or top
  • Small strip of fabric
  • Cotton crochet thread
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
Measuring where the fringe will go

1. Measure for fringe

Decide where you want to place the fringe. Use your ruler to measure the length of your placement. 

How to make the fringe

2. Make the fringe

Fold the small strip of fabric in half. Cut a thin strip with the width of your ribbon. I upcycled an old headband as the ribbon but you can use whatever you have at home. Keep the fabric folded.

Making fringe for clothes

Then measure and cut to the length you measured for your top. 

Applying fabric glue to the strip

Unfold the strip and put fabric glue halfway or up to the fold.

Wrapping the crochet thread

Wrap the crochet thread around your hand about 10 times. Cut the thread that’s attached at the spool. Slide the thread loop off your hand.

DIY fringe tutorial

Attach the loop to the glue.

How to make a DIY fringe trim

Keep repeating this technique until you reach the center where the glue ends.

Applying glue to the top

Add some glue on top of the loops.

Folding the strip over

Fold the strip over. Press all around to secure in place.

Cutting the ends of the loops

Cut the ends of the loops to make the fringe. 

Tidying up the DIY fringe

Shake to dislodge any loose threads and trim any stragglers. Make sure they’re even.

Adding ribbon to the fringe

3. Finish the fringe

Lay your ribbon on top of the fringe and cut to match. You may want to add a ¼ inch or so if you want to tuck the ribbon around the back.

Attaching the fringe to the sweater

Place the fringe with the ribbon on top and sew to secure in your desired place on your top. The glue may make it harder to push the needle through. You may want to sew at the very top and bottom of the ribbon leaving the fabric strip in the middle. Secure your sewing with a knot on the inside.

How to make fringe

How to make fringe

How cute is this DIY fringe? This has really given my sweater a new lease of life.

DIY fringe sweater

Please let me know in the comments if I helped you learn how to make fringe.

Suggested materials:
  • Sweater or top
  • Small strip of fabric
  • Cotton crochet thread
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