How to Keep Webbing From Fraying

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Candle

  • Lighter

If you have ever experienced ribbon fray, you know how frustrating it can be. Like ribbon, webbing can also fray. Webbing is designed with several woven fibers usually made from man-made materials including nylon, polyester and polypropylene. The material is used for such items as pet collars, seat belts and outdoor harnessing gear. Fraying of the tightly-woven pieces can be prevented by fusing those pieces together using a heat process.


Step 1

Cut the piece of webbing with a pair of sharp scissors. The sharper the cut, the less the webbing will fray.

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Step 2

Run the raw edge of the webbing over a flame from a lighter or candle. Let the webbing barely touch the flame. The flame will melt the edge of the webbing, sealing it. Do this in an open area, away from anything flammable.

Step 3

Let the webbing cool down before handling it.


If the webbing is made from cotton, do not attempt to seal it with a flame. Try sealing it with clear nail polish.


Use caution when working with the flame.



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