Ribbons have been around for a long time. They have played their part in history, Decorated war heroes hung their medals with ribbon and famous yellow ones were tied to old oak trees! Their beautiful colors, patterns and different fabric options have added décor value to our lives. We can tie them, trim with them, and make bows too. Whatever we decide to do, we will need to cut the ribbon ends! There are several ways to stop ribbon from fraying as you cut it to the special length you want. There is nothing worse than ribbons with frayed ends and if you keep cutting the ends of the ribbon you will shorten it’s life considerably.
How to Stop Ribbon from Fraying – 5 Ways
Method 1: Cut the ribbon at a diagonal slant – This is easy to do with nice sharp scissors – one snip at an angle and the ribbon end is neat and trim.
Method 2: Cut a V shape into the ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and cut the V from the outer edge to the fold so when you open the ribbon you have a V pointing into the ribbon and not an arrow head pointing outwards. Practice on a scrap before tackling your ribbon just to be sure.
Method 3: Melt with heat. This is best for nylon or synthetic ribbon. Use the flame with care so you don’t set the room on fire! Just a little wave of the ribbon under the flame should do the trick.
Method 4: Dab with clear nail polish – this is a quick and easy way to seal the ends. Make sure the ends are completely dry before you put the ribbon close to other parts of your project or in your hair! Be creative and try glitter nail polishes for an added sparkle.
Method 5: Clear craft glue will also do the same trick as the nail polish. Check the glue dries clear on a scrap of ribbon before you tackle your main project.
Ribbons, in the haberdashery section of your favorite fabric store, are just so versatile. They have become a big part of our lives today. Apart from sewing with ribbons we use them to create awareness and support for important causes and charities. Rosettes made of ribbon reward all sorts of achievements and beautiful bows are tied round flowers and trophies. Look around and you will be amazed at how many ways ribbons add value to our lives. Girls just love to put bows in their hair and who would want a parcel tied up with string when there are so many gorgeous ribbons to choose. So go ahead and use ribbons with lavish affection knowing you can finish your trim with neatly cut ribbon ends.
Now you know how to stop your ribbons fraying, why not learn how to make a ribbon bow to attach to alligator clips. These make great presents.