Create a Custom Feather Fringe
Excerpted from "Faniciful Feathers"
Threads Issue 141, p.23
by Susan Crane
Feathers are soft, light, flexible, and fluffy. When they are attached to thread, they drape beautifully, make curves easily, and add a bit of style to any plain-Jane garment. This method of adding feathers works very well on lightweight garments that cannot support the tape edging found on most store-bought, feather trims. You can make your trim using any feathers you like and in any color scheme. For a more classic look, try large, fluffy feathers or smaller feathers that match the hue of your garment.
First, to determine the amount of trim you need to make, you have to measure the garment. Cut a strip of tissue paper that is at least 1 inch wide and the desired length of the trim.
1. Arrange the feathers. Lay the feathers in a straight line on the tissue paper. Machine-sew across the base of the feathers twice.
2. Tear away the tissue paper. Be careful not to pull apart the stitches or tear the feathers. Lay the feather fringe in place on the garment.
3. Sew the trim to the garment. Machine-sew across the top to secure it. If your garment is very lightweight, try hand-stitching the trim to the fabric.
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