August 1st, 2023
How to Add Fringe to Your Handmade Blanket: A Simple DIY Guide
Handmade blankets are cozy and versatile, perfect for keeping warm on chilly nights or adding a touch of comfort to your home decor. While a plain knit blanket is lovely on its own, adding fringe can take it to a whole new level of style and sophistication. Fringe adds a decorative touch and creates a trendy, bohemian look, making your blanket truly unique. In this DIY guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of creating fringe for your handmade blanket, so you can unleash your creativity and add a personal touch to your cozy creation.
- Handmade blanket: Ensure that your blanket is complete and finished before starting the fringe-making process.
- Yarn: Choose a yarn that complements or contrasts with the color of your blanket. Make sure it’s the same weight or thickness as the yarn used for the blanket itself.
- Scissors: Sharp scissors are essential for cutting the yarn evenly.
- Book or a fringe maker (optional): These tools can help you achieve uniform fringe lengths.
Step 1: Measure and Cut Yarn Strands
Decide on the desired length of your fringe. A typical length is around 6 to 8 inches, but you can adjust it to your preference. Add a few extra inches to account for variations in the yarn’s thickness.
If you want to ensure consistent fringe lengths, grab a book with a similar size width. Wind the yarn around the book multiple times and cut along one edge to get uniform strands.
Step 2: Grouping Yarn Strands
Take three or more yarn strands (depending on your preference) and fold them in half to create a loop at one end. Now, insert the loop from the back of the blanket through a stitch on the edge of your knit blanket.
Step 3: Securing the Fringe
Pull the loose ends of the yarn through the loop and gently tighten to secure the fringe to the blanket. Ensure that the fringe is attached firmly, but not too tight to avoid distorting the edge of the blanket.
Step 4: Repeat the Process
Continue attaching fringe to the edge of your knit blanket, evenly spacing the fringe along the entire edge. Take your time to ensure that the fringe looks neat and consistent.
Step 5: Trim and Adjust
Once all the fringe is attached, lay your blanket flat and trim any uneven strands to achieve a clean and polished look.
Step 6: Styling Your Fringe
You can leave the fringe as is for a bohemian look, or you can braid or knot the fringe to add more texture and interest. Experiment with different styles to find what complements your blanket best.
Step 7: Final Touches
Inspect your blanket for any loose ends or unraveled yarn. Use a tapestry needle to weave in any loose ends to secure them and prevent unraveling.
Congratulations! You have successfully added a delightful fringe to your knit blanket. This simple DIY process can completely transform the appearance of your blanket, elevating it from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether you’re keeping it for yourself or gifting it to a loved one, the addition of fringe will undoubtedly make it a cherished and unique piece. So grab your knitting supplies and get creative – the possibilities are endless! Happy crafting!
Tips for a Stunning Fringe
- Choose yarn colors that complement or contrast with your blanket to create a striking visual effect.
- For a more playful look, use yarns of varying textures, such as fluffy, metallic, or boucle yarns, for the fringe.
- If you’re unsure about the fringe length, cut a few test strands and attach them to a swatch or a small portion of your blanket to see how they look.
- If your blanket has multiple colors, consider creating ombre fringe by using different shades of yarn for each bundle.
- Add tassels or beads to the ends of the fringe for an extra touch of elegance and individuality.