Saturday, April 20, 2013

Grosgrain Fringe Tutorial

Tosh here again, and I'm excited to share my Grosgrain Fringe Tutorial with you today.  
All you need is 2' of Grosgrain ribbon any width.  I used 5/8" White and Black Grosgrain for the flower centers, but you could use any color or width, depending on how long you want your fringe.  Even if you use the 1 1/2", you could always cut the fringe to the length you want.  And if you only have white, you could color it with Distress Inks or use a Mister.  Grosgrain ribbon takes color really well.  You could even color it with Copics.

 Grosgrain ribbon is sealed on both edges.  So to start, you have to trim off one of the edges.  It doesn't have to be perfect because you won't even notice the varying lengths of the fringe once you finish it.  Just try to stay as uniform as you can.

Then, while holding the ribbon taut between two fingers (very important otherwise the ribbon will gather making it harder to remove the strands.), using your fingernail, try to separate 6-8 strands from the bottom of the ribbon and pull out and up.  It's important to pull away from the strip as you pull up to make it come apart easier.  I do this until there's about 1/8" left of the weaved part of the ribbon.  It's up to you how much of a base you want to work with.

Here's what the fringe looks like.  I wanted you to see that you don't notice a difference in lengths of fringe, even though my cuts weren't perfect.

Then I just use a heat gun and roll it up on itself.

Now, to make a flower using this fringe, you'll need 2' of 1 1/2 " wired ribbon and a 1 3/4" felt Circle.

For the flower base (this is Wired Faux Burlap Antique Gold...I used Natural Burlap with Wired Edge Silver/White for my actual flower), I pulled the two edge wires out from one side of the ribbon and tied them together.  I then pulled the two wires from the other side and gathered the ribbon, tying those ends off too when I had the gathers where I wanted them.

I then glued the two wired edges together every inch or two and hot glued them to the 1 3/4" felt circle, starting from the outside.

Then just add some hot glue to the center and place your fringed piece in the center smooshing it down really good.  Don't worry about being gentle.  You want it to move out a bit, so scrunch it good.


You can spread out the fringe a bit and add an embellishment to the center, or leave it as is.  It's up to you which you prefer.  For this flower I used the fabulously fun 1 1/2" Black Houndstooth Ribbon, and added a Vintage Button by Bazzill.
Now, this fringe looks beautiful on cards too.  Here's a card I made using the Wired Woven Chevron Stripe Pink Ribbon.  It shows diamond patterns when you make the fringe, however I wasn't able to show that very well in my photos.  It's quite sparkly in real life.

I used the same  Wired Woven Chevron Stripe Pink Ribbon  for the bow at the top too.  The sentiment is from the Waltzingmouse Stamps set Compact Sentiments, and the paper is Lyric by Prima.  I also used a Fancy Tag 3 die (Spellbinders) to frame the sentiment, and added a White Organza Beehive Blossom to the bow.

 That about sums up my Grosgrain Fringe tutorial.  For more inspirational paper crafts and tutorials, feel free to visit my blog:  Stamp Talk with Tosh

Hope I've inspired you to make some fringe!!
Happy crafting!


  1. Beautiful brings back memories from my earlier days fraying jeans xx

  2. Gorgeous card and technique!! Thanks for sharing!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  3. Gorgeous flowers and card! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I must try this soon!! :)

  4. perfecto tosh, i have made a flower with my hounds tooth as well, just need to fancy up the center, thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Absolutely beautiful flowers, love the fringe , havent used that fringe technique,but Love making these flowers, will be doing your fringe technique sometime soon!!! thankyou for sharing!!! Lovely card too hun!!

  6. What a brilliant idea. Great tutorial, can't wait to try it :)

  7. Hey, these are really good ideas for grosgrain ribbon! Thanks for sharing!!!!


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