Fringe Embroidery

Fringe Embroidery

By using specially-digitized fringe embroidery designs, you can add a lot of texture and interest to any project! Click the tile to the right to see a free video tutorial for making fringe, or refer to the written instructions below.

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Note: Proper tension is essential when working with fringe designs. If the bobbin thread is too tight, or if the top thread is too loose, then you will notice that the backside of the embroidery has more top thread than bobbin thread. That will affect how successfully the fringe is made. To test for proper tension, embroider a design that has satin columns, then turn it to the backside. The backside should show 1/3 to 1/2 bobbin thread.

The fringe designs are digitized for 40 weight thread, either rayon or polyester. The type of needle that you use will depend on the type of fabric that you are embroidering on.

Begin by selecting designs that have been specially created for the fringe technique.

You can find fringe designs at -- just type the word Fringe into the search field.

When embroidering a fringe design, use cutaway stabilizer.

Fringe designs have rows and rows of satin columns -- those are the stitches to work with to make the fringe. Cutaway stabilizer will ensure that the satin stitches and anchor stitches are held firmly in place. If you use tear-away stabilizer, those stitches can shift around, and you might have trouble making the fringe.

You can make two kinds of fringe with the fringe designs from the Embroidery Library -- cut, fuzzy fringe, or looped fringe. We'll demonstrate how to make looped fringe first.

After the design has finished embroidering, turn the embroider to the backside. You'll see those rows of satin columns.

At one end of a satin row, cut the last bobbin stitch.

At the other end of the satin row, cut the last bobbin stitch.


Then, pinch the bobbin stitch from the middle of the row in tweezers or a small scissors, and pull it straight up from the satin column. Remove the bobbin thread completely from the column.

Repeat this for all of the fringed areas.

Turn the embroidery to the front side, and fluff the fringe with the point of a small scissors.

You can also make looped fringe by using water-soluble thread in the bobbin for certain areas of the design.

On the color change sheet for a fringe design, look for a note that says "can use water-soluble bobbin thread."

Wind a bobbin with water-soluble thread. When you reach the point in the design that the color change sheet says "can use water-soluble bobbin thread," put the water-soluble thread bobbin in the bobbin case.

Remember to switch the bobbin thread back out when not sewing a fringe portion of the design.


After you have finished embroidering the design, wash and dry the item. Then, fluff the satin stitches with the point of a scissors to result in looped fringe.

You can also make cut, fuzzy fringe with the fringe embroidery designs. To do this, rather than removing the bobbin stitches, we're actually going to cut the top stitches from the back side.

Turn the embroidery to the backside, and cut through the outer edge of top stitches in each satin column.

After you have done this for each satin column, turn the embroidery to the front side and fluff the fringe with the point of a scissors.

Laundering Tips

We put the sewn samples through a washing workout to see just what the fringe designs could take.

We washed the fringe chick design through a normal wash cycle, and dryer on high heat.

There were no fringe threads in the draining water, and the design looked great. The dryer's high heat caused the fringe to get a little curly and cute!

The lion went through a gentle wash cycle and a medium-heat dryer. The thread in the fringe was slightly softer,  and the process had given the cut fringe a texture that looks even more like fur.

The last washing method we tested was in a lingerie bag, on the normal wash cycle. Again, no threads were found in the wash water, and when taken from the washer, the looped fringe was in good condition, similar to using the gentle cycle. When removed this  design from the dryer, the threads were not as soft as the lion's had been, as the ends of the thread hadn't unraveled as much.

Click here to see the Embroidery Library's Fringe designs!

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