You know how there are some things that you just assume EVERYBODY knows? Those things that you just somehow have known about forever and you don’t even think twice about? Then one day someone asks you about it and you realise that not everyone knows it?
Today’s post is about one of those things: How to stop ribbon from fraying.
Simple, right? Well, I thought it was but then I grew up with long hair and started wearing ribbons in it from the day dot. Plus my Mum was super clever and seemed to know everything about everything, but especially about all things fabric and sewing so ribbons were just a part of her knowledge base, I guess.
In any case, I learnt early on that if you had a brand new hair ribbon then you had to cut it a certain way to stop it fraying. Now it might still fray a little over time but generally, this trick would mean that it would look great for ages – even the maroon ribbons I wore every day for 5 years at high school!
Anyway, someone said to me the other day “you should write a post on your blog about how to stop ribbon from fraying”. It was one of the moments when I thought “Of course! I should!” because I immediately agreed that not everyone would know this.
So here it is.
Two ways to cut a ribbon to stop fraying, plus two products you can add to the ends to make them never ever fray again.
If you need a quick fix for your ribbon, there are two ways that I cut ribbons to stop fraying.
The first is to simply cut at an angle across the end. See the green ribbon in my pictures? Just like that. The angle itself is not a big deal but I aim for about a 45 degree angle, I guess. Any angle that is not straight across the ribbon width will work.
The second way requires a couple of photos but it is the way I use the most. Grab your ribbon and fold the end section lengthways in half. Then cut an angle from the open edge to the fold. When you unfold it, you should have a cute chevron shape or V shape like the picture below.
Neither of these cuts will completely stop the fraying but they will help delay it.
PRODUCTS TO STOP RIBBON FRAYING
If you really want to keep that clean cut edge, then I have two suggestions:
Both of these are liquids that you put onto the cut edge then allow them to dry. They will dry clear so you can use them on any colour ribbon. Once dry – just a couple of minutes – they will have essentially glued the fibers into place so they won’t fray. You can find fray stopping products at craft stores (eg Spotlight or Lincraft here in Australia) or pop into your local chemist or grocery store for clear nail polish.
A couple of ribbon projects:
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