Quick Tip: How to stop ribbon from fraying

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You might already know this quick tip, but I had to share it with those of you who don’t. Until now I have been using Fray Check on the ends of ribbon to stop the fraying, but melting the ends is now my preferred method to stop the fray. To start, the ribbon needs to be made of a synthetic material. Cotton ribbon won’t work with this method.

Just by holding the ends above the rising heat, the synthetic ends melt together fast…making it so you have no more fraying ends.

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    I think I have a tip. I've been called crazy for it though so I'm not sure if anyone else would think it was "quick." Here it is. I safety pin my kids' socks together. Take the pin off when they wear them. Put it back on before I toss the pair into the dirty clothes hamper. They stay together in the washer and more importantly, the dryer. I haven't lost a sock in years. Am I crazy or just crazy organized?

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    Shaunee says:

    I don't have anything amazing but here are some ideas:
    - My SIL taught me to shred chicken with electric beaters. It's much faster and shreds it finely like I like it.

    - I always keep a pack of baby wipes in a kitchen drawer. It's so nice for wiping down beaters, blenders, the Kitchen Aid, etc. before I put it away. It's also nice for small spills and sticky things on the counter and quickly cleaning up dirty fingers and faces.

    Can't wait to see what you get. I love quick tips!

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    Marianne & Clayton says:

    I also melt the edges around any shape I cut out of any synthetic fabric. Did you know you can melt the edges of your felt crafts too? It's probably totally unnecessary, but I love the finished edge it gives. Even if the only thing I use felt for is as a backing to pins or hair bows.

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    How did I not know how to do that? I use fray check, but will try the burning method today on a ribbon that seems intent on fraying. Thanks!

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    I can't wait to try this on all those little frayed ends around my house–hopefully without setting anything on fire, lol!

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    frillsfluffandtrucks says:

    Oooh, love that chicken shredding tip 'cause I *hate* shredding chicken!

    I keep a lingerie bag on top of my children's hampers–that's where they put their dirty socks. Then on laundry day I just zip up the lingerie bag and plop the entire bag into the washer. Voila, no lost socks! :)

    ~ Sarah

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    I also use fabritac to seal the edges that works better, i find over time the fray check yellows out.

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    I always use Fray Check and I'm not a fan of it. I'm going to start doing this! I knew you could do this on rope, but never thought about ribbon. Thanks for the tip!



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    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing…Sometimes we think "everyone" already knows a tip, but I don't think that is true. Keep posting!

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    I use a candle to stop ribbon from fraying too. =] That little jar of lemon heads is so cute!

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    I do the same thing with all of my ribbons. Thank you for sharing. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.


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    Thanks for sharing… please stop by my Saturdays Link Party!


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    thanks for the tip!


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    I use clear nail polish to keep my ribbon from fraying. Works great for me.

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    Jeannine says:

    I’ve also found that this works on ties as well. Sometimes there’s a little fuzzy that sticks out way before the tie as died, and just a little wave of the fireplace lighter does the trick.

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