Learn how to stop ribbon from fraying as you cut it to the 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 its life considerably. This tutorial will show you how to stop fraying ribbons in 5 different ways.
How to Stop Ribbon from Fraying Tutorial
Ribbons have been around for a long time. Their beautiful colors, patterns, and different fabric options are invaluable for craft projects. The greatest challenge when working with ribbon is that the ends fray when not sealed or cut correctly, resulting in a messy final look.
Whatever craft we are using ribbon for, we will need to cut the ribbon ends and learn how to stop ribbon from fraying!
5 Ways to Stop Ribbon Fraying
Here are the best ways for sealing ribbon ends to stop fraying.
1. Cutting on the Diagonal
To stop ribbon fraying, 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. This method is great for when you are in a hurry, and the ribbon is thicker and does not fray too much. It works great on the grosgrain ribbon.
2. Cutting a Wedge to Stop Ribbon Fraying
Cutting a wedge or v-shape is a variation of the diagonal method above. It is best on wider ribbons rather than narrow ribbons.
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 arrowhead pointing outwards. Practice on a scrap before tackling your ribbon just to be sure. Use nice sharp scissors to get a clean edge.
3. Melting to Seam Ribbon Ends
Stop the ribbon from fraying by melting the ends with heat. This is only best for nylon or synthetic ribbon. Natural fibers will burn instead of melt - which is what we don't want.
Just a little wave of the ribbon under the flame should do the trick.
CAUTION - Use the flame with care so you don’t set the room on fire! Always have some water handy in case of any problems, and never do this with cotton ribbon. If you can do it on the sink in the kitchen, you will have water handy should you need it. Kids - ask your parents for help.
4. Nail Polish to Stop Ribbons From Fraying
Dab the ends pf the ribbon with clear nail polish. This is a quick and easy way to seal the ends and can be used in conjunction with the wedge or diagonal method.
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 added sparkle.
5. Craft Glue for Frayed Ribbon
Clear craft glue will also do the same trick as nail polish and stop the ends from fraying. Check the glue dries clear on a scrap of ribbon before you tackle your main project.
How to Stop Ribbons from Fraying - In Conclusion
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 around flowers and trophies.
Now you know how to stop ribbons from fraying, why not learn how to make a ribbon bow to attach to lined alligator clips. These make great presents.
I use an old wood burning tool and cut my ribbon on the glass front of an old picture frame. This way I can cut and heat seal my ribbon all at once.