tutorial: how to make piping

Making your own piping is really easy and makes things like pillows and bags look professional and well made. Use self fabric for a subtle detail or use a contrasting fabric to make seam lines and design details stand out. I’ll show you how to do it:

You’ll need at least half a meter of fabric (or else you’ll have lots of seams) and figure out how much piping you need before you cut up your fabric. If your fabric is expensive you can make your piping out of a plain cotton that matches. Making your own piping is great because you can choose how thick you want the piping to be. I usually use 1/8″-1/4″ cord bit you can use any thickness.

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You need fabric, cord, thread, a ruler, chalk, and I recommend a rotary cutter and mat.

1. Lay your fabric out on a flat surface, if you’re using a rotary cutter make sure you have a cutting mat down. Cut your fabric into 1 1/2″ wide bias strips.

This means at a 45 degree angle to the edge (salvage) of your fabric. Using a ruler and chalk mark your cutting lines 1 1/2″ apart. If you’re using a rotary cutter and a quilting ruler you don’t need to mark your lines. If you’re using wider cord or work with larger seam allowances you may need to cut your strips wider.

2. If you need to make a seam place your 2 strips right sides together as I’ve done above. Stitch straight across at the point where the 2 strips intersect.

Press the seam open and trim the ends off like so:

3. Place the cord down the middle of the strip on the wrong side of the fabric and fold in half. Pin in place. The right side of your fabric should be on the outside.

4. Use a zipper foot or a piping foot so you can get nice and close the edge of the cord. Set your stitch length to 4.5 and sew all the way along the edge of the cord (which is now tucked inside the fabric strip).

You don’t need to get crazy close to the cord or else your stitching will show when you’ve seamed it into your final project. If your making this with a 5/8″ seam allowance make sure your stitching like isn’t more that 5/8″ from the raw edge of the piping. When you sew it into your project  you can get as close as you can to the cord, right now you’re just holding it in place.

That’s it, you’ve made your own piping and it wasn’t that hard at all.

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