DIY & Crafts

How to make fun fringes for stationery

By: Jeromina Juan

Photography by Ryan Brook/TC Media Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photography by Ryan Brook/TC Media

DIY & Crafts

How to make fun fringes for stationery

By: Jeromina Juan

Fringed notebook

You need:
  • Notebook (approx 20 x 26 cm/8 x 10½ inches)
  • 4 felt sheets (23 x 30 cm/9 x 12 inches each)
  • Pencil, ruler and scissors
  • Glue stick and hot glue gun

How to make a fringed notebook:
1. Place notebook on one felt sheet and trace with pencil; using scissors, cut along pencil lines, setting aside scraps. Repeat with second felt sheet.

2. Using glue stick, generously apply glue to front cover of notebook, especially at edges. Align edges of trimmed felt piece with edges of front cover of notebook; adhere felt. Repeat with second piece of felt and back cover of notebook. Set aside.

3. Mark length of notebook on remaining two felt sheets and trim, discarding scraps. Measure and mark three lines lengthwise on felt, each 5.5 cm (2¼ inches) apart. Cut along marked lines to make four strips from each sheet.

4. Create fringe by snipping into strips at 5 mm (¼-inch) intervals, stopping cuts 5 mm (¼ inch) from top of each strip.

5. Using hot glue gun, apply glue along top edge of one strip of fringe. Adhere strip to front of notebook, with fringe side aligned with edge closest to book opening. Repeat three times, overlapping glued edge of previous strip with fringe of next strip, to create layers (top of final strip should meet spine of notebook). Repeat with four remaining strips on back of notebook.

6. Trim one long scrap of felt from Step 1 to length of notebook. Apply hot glue along edges; centre strip over spine and adhere, overlapping on front and back of notebook.

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Tasselled pencils

You need:
  • 1 felt sheet (23 x 30 cm/9 x 12 inches)
  • 1 new wooden pencil
  • Ruler, pencil and scissors
  • Hot glue gun

To make:
1. With ruler and pencil, measure and mark 5 mm (¼-inch) strip along width of felt sheet. Cut out; set aside.

2. Measure and mark 5.5 x 8 cm (2¼- x 3-inch) rectangle on felt.

3. Cut out rectangle; create fringe by snipping into rectangle at 5 mm (¼-inch) intervals, stopping cuts 5 mm (¼ inch) from top.

4. Fold strip of felt from Step 1 in half; using hot glue gun, affix folded strip of felt to top left corner of fringe, aligning ends of strip with bottom of fringe. Apply glue along entire top edge of fringe; starting from left side, roll up tightly.

5. Cut 5 mm x 5 cm (¼- x 2-inch) strip of felt; glue around top of tassel. Glue to pencil as shown.

Braided pencil case

To make:
1. With scissors, cut scrap felt into three thin (5 mm/¼-inch) strips.

2. Braid strips together; use hot glue gun to affix ends of braid to side seams of pencil case.

Take a look at a large image of these fun tasselled crafts.

This story was originally titled "Fringe Benefits" in the September 2012 issue.

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How to make fun fringes for stationery