Frayed Fringe

Making a frayed fringe is among the easiest lessons the Woman’s Institute Library of Dressmaking offers. It would have been even easier if I hadn’t used a scrap of silk—only because the silk filaments are so fine it took awhile to create the fray. The essentials of the process are this:

  1. Sew a line of stay stitching—SEW not baste. This line of stitching is a permanent part of the finished product.

  2. Pull out the threads below this line of stitching, creating a frayed fringe.

That’s it! Two steps and you get a frayed fringe hem for your skirt, blouse, sleeve, shorts…whatever you want to leave intentionally frayed.