How to Attach Bullion Fringe

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Bullion fringe is available in a variety of colors and in fringe lengths of 3 to 8 inches. According to British Trimmings, bullion fringe is a heavier type of fringe traditionally used for trimming the bottoms of sofas, chairs, cushions and drapery. The method of attaching bullion fringe depends on your project. Attach bullion fringe by gluing it with a glue gun or sewing the fringe on top of a seam with a sewing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine needle, size 16 or 18
  • Thread

Gluing Bullion Fringe

  • Lay the item on a table. Measure the part of the object where the bullion fringe will attach with a tape measure. If you are trimming multiple edges, such as the four edges of a pillow, measure around the corners of the pillow as well. Add 2 inches to the measurement to allow for turning under raw edges.

  • Cut the bullion fringe according to the measurements determined in Step 1. Do not remove the rip-thread, which is the row of loose, basting stitches holding the fringe together at the bottom to keep the fringe neat.

  • Align your bullion fringe along the edge (bottom edge if the item has more than one edge) to which it will be glued. Position the end of the fringe on top of the bottom center edge of your item. Always begin on a side or back edge instead of a corner, so you can hide the joined ends more efficiently.

  • Squirt a dab of glue with the glue gun beneath the end of the fringe and turn it under 1 inch. Squirt a line of glue on top of the edge of the object, pressing the top woven strip of the bullion fringe to the object. Press hard to ensure a good bond.

  • Continue gluing the woven strip of the fringe to the object. When you reach the end of the fringe, turn it under 1 inch and glue it down onto the object. The fringe ends should meet. Remove the rip-thread by snipping one or two stitches with scissors and pulling the thread free. Smooth the fringe with your hand.

Sewing Bullion Fringe

  • Lay the item on a table. Measure the part of the object where the bullion fringe will attach with a tape measure. If you are trimming multiple edges, such as the four edges of a pillow, measure around the corners of the pillow as well. Add 2 inches to the measurement to allow for turning under raw edges.

  • Cut the bullion fringe according to the measurements determined in Step 1. Do not remove the rip-thread, which is the row of loose, basting stitches holding the fringe together at the bottom to keep the fringe neat.

  • Pin the woven strip of the bullion fringe on top of the edge of the object to which the fringe will be sewn.

  • Position the end of the edge of the object (with the pinned fringe on top) under the sewing machine’s pressure foot. Put the foot down onto the object to hold it. Corners and sides are the best positions to begin at when sewing fringe.

  • Sew using a wide zigzag stitch over the woven strip of the fringe, removing the straight pins as you sew. Sew until the fringe ends meet. Turn the end of the fringe under 1 inch, and then sew over the top to join the ends.

  • Snip one or two of the stitches on the rip-thread and pull the thread loose. Smooth or separate the fringe with your fingers.

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