How to Add Fringe to a T-Shirt

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Sew all of the strips together lengthwise in pairs to form seven tubes.
Attach the fringe to the neckline.
Photo: Sloan Howard

by Ariel Price
excerpted from CraftStylish Restyle

Sometimes, you just get tired of wearing the same old same old. Instead of running out the door to shop, why not take a minute to up the ante with what you’ve already got? Improve your existing wardrobe; all it takes is a knit top from your closet and a few fabric strips. A pretty neckline fringe is a modern, trendy upgrade that surely won’t break the bank. And this little trick takes your top from blah to bold in no time.

What You'll Need:

•    Drapey fabric (for strips), 1⁄2 yard
•    Iron
•    Scissors
•    Sewing machine
•    T-shirt
•    Thread to match

Create a cascade of ribbons
Pull a basic tee or knit top from your closet, and add some pizzazz with pretty fabric strips. This embellishment works great on tops, sweaters, and camisoles. Try tone-on-tone strips, or mix it up with a splash of color.

1. Cut the strips. Cut two, 2 1⁄2-inch by 20-inch wide strips from a drapey fabric such as crinkle chiffon. Then, cut 12, 2-inch by 19-inch strips.

2. Sew the strips into a row of fringe. With right sides together and 1⁄4-inch seam allowances, sew all of the strips together lengthwise in pairs to form seven tubes.

Turn the tubes right-side out, and press.

Fold them in half to form loops with the raw edges at the top. Line up the loops on a flat surface with the widest in the center. Position the loops so they overlap each another slightly from the center strip going outward. Stagger the lengths to suit your style. Pin the loops 1 inch down from the raw edge, and then sew them together to create one fringe piece.

3. Attach the fringe to the neckline. Place the fringe piece along the right side of the T-shirt neckline. Fold its raw edge over the top of the T-shirt neckline, and pin it in place. Tuck the raw edges of the fringe piece under, and topstitch along the neckline seam edge.

Fringe out a Cardigan: For another updated look, you can use the same method to embellish a sweater with grosgrain ribbon or trim.

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Comments (2)

sophiecai writes: is lovely....thanks for sharing
Posted: 9:54 am on February 17th
cpfiber writes: Neat quick embellishment...If I had a few extra minutes I'd add some beads that scream for attention. Will do this one soon.
Posted: 10:39 am on February 16th
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