This was the first thing I ever learned how to make. It’s very easy, just fold and press in all the raw edges so you don’t have to bother with serging or zig zag stitching the inside edges. It finishes it’s self!

The measurements are just a guide line, you can make this any size.

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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I recently bought a lovely coat and every single button fell off, all 12. So if this has happened to you this winter I’ve made an illustrated step-by-step guide on how to sew on a button. Yes, many people lack this skill. You know who you are.

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You can start with the needle in the back of the fabric but I prefer this way because it looks much neater.

Good luck!

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