It takes some time, and but you can do it while watching tv or while you’re on the phone. And get help, too, if you can. I did this for costumes for a play, and the stage manager and I sat there during rehearsals fringing away while I directed.
Just about any woven fabric will work (I’m using a scrap piece of cotton here), but you’ll probably want something with a silky feel to it. The tighter the weave, the longer it will take, so feel free to get something with fewer threads per inch since it’ll both drape better and be easier to fringe 🙂
You need two yards of fabric, some really sharp fabric scissors, and a seam ripper (tweezers can also work, but a seam ripper is better)
Make sure the edge is nice and even, and cut – about an inch or two apart, tabs into the fabric as deep as you want the fringe to be (start small – if you get tired and decide you were too ambitious, it’s best if you don’t have cuts that go deeper into the fabric than you want to go. You can always cut further, but you can’t uncut).
Use the seam ripper to poke a hole just a few threads into one of the tabs, and pull them out.
At this point, you can start using your fingers to pull from the sides of the tab, but use the seam ripper if they tangle or get stuck.
Keep at it until you have pulled all the threads from the tabs and you’ve reached your cut marks.
For a nice, polished look, you can knot the fringe where it starts next to the fabric, but that’s tricky and I’ve usually skipped it. I’ve always meant to try knotting it with beads.
It takes patience, but it can be fun.
Hope this helps!