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How to Stop Ribbon Tips From Fraying With Heat

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you are working with grosgrain or satin ribbon, if it's left unsealed when you cut it, the ends of ends of the ribbon with eventually fray. Luckily, you can seal the cut ends of the ribbon in just a few seconds to prevent such fraying and keep your craft and sewing projects looking neat and professional.

Get the cut ends of the ribbon close to the flame of a lighter, match or candle. Don't place the ends in the flame; just get them close enough to melt them. Keep the ends near the flame for a second or two until they melt slightly.

Heat up a tool that has a hot surface, such as a glue gun, wood burning tool or curling iron.

Run the cut ends of the ribbon back and forth over the hot surface of the tool until they melt enough to seal the ends. Run the ends of the ribbon over the metal tip of the glue gun if that is the tool you are using. Draw across the cut ends of the ribbon with the tip of the wood burning tool with the ribbon placed on a baking tray if using a wood burning tool.

Let the ends of the ribbon cool for a minute before doing anything else with the ribbon to prevent burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Heat source, such as lighter, candle, wood burning tool or hot glue gun
  • Baking tray (optional)
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About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.