How to Stop Ribbon From Fraying

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How to Stop Ribbon From Fraying
Prevent ribbon from fraying before it starts. (ribbon rolls image by TekinT from Fotolia.com)

If you use ribbon a lot for various projects, you might know how frustrating it is when it begins to fray. It looks bad, and fraying might affect how the ribbon holds up. Thick, thin, synthetic and natural-fibered ribbon can all begin to fray before you're done with any project. No matter how you cut the ribbon, it will begin to fall apart eventually. However, there are ways you can prevent this from happening, and two of the methods include items you probably have in your house.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Candle
  • Clear nail polish
  • Fray Block
  • Fray Check

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Light a candle. Hold the end of the ribbon near the flame, just enough to begin to melt the ribbon, but not enough to burn it completely. This should only be done with synthetic ribbon and should be done near a sink in case the ribbon catches fire.

  2. 2

    Brush clear nail polish onto the ends of the ribbon to prevent any frays. Let the polish dry before using the ribbon.

  3. 3

    Buy a product that has been designed to help with frayed ends. You can purchase products such as Fray Check or Fray Block at most craft supply stores. Apply a small amount to the edges of the ribbon to prevent it from fraying, and let the ribbon dry before using.

Tips and warnings

  • Be extremely careful if you're using the flame method. Complete the project in a well-ventilated area, near a water source.
  • If you use a product such as Fray Check, you might want to test it on a small piece of ribbon first to make sure it does not discolour the fabric.

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