Piping is a great decorative finish on all kinds of projects such as cushions, clothing, handbags and home decor. It adds a bit of class, a pop of color and best of all stops the edges from wearing. While most shops have a great variety of bias tape, it is generally harder to find nice piping. The solution – learn how to make piping!
Here is how to make piping for your sewing projects.
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE PIPING
- Bias tape.
- To make bias tape, simply cut strips at a 45-degree angle to the selvage. I also have a tutorial on how to make continuous bias strips if you need large amounts of piping. You can also purchase bias tape already made. Fabrics with a small scale print look the best.
- Piping cord.
- You can purchase specialized piping cords which come in different thicknesses for different projects or use any other cord you find in your sewing room. I misplaced the bag of specialized cords I purchased for this tutorial so just used a firm colored cording which worked just as well.
- Zipper foot
- As you will need to sew really close to the cord, a zipper foot is needed.
How wide do you cut your bias strips to make piping?
The bias tape should wrap around your cord and have the appropriate seam allowance on either side. Measure the circumference of your cord and then add the seam allowance on either side.
I needed piping with a seam allowance of 1/2 inch (12mm) so my bias strips need to be 1 1/4 inch wide to allow for the 1/4 inch thickness of the cord.
INSTRUCTIONS – HOW TO MAKE PIPING
If you have a pre-purchased bias, then press open the folded edges of the bias strips. If you have made you own bias strips then you are all ready to go! Wrap your piece of bias around the piping cord and pin it in place matching the raw edges. I like to use pins placed vertically.
Hand baste along the edge of the piping with a large running stitch.
You could skip the hand stitching but I find that by basting first I get a much neater finished piping with the stitching nice and tight along the cord.
Using your zipper foot, stitch along the edge of the piping. Stitch as close as you can to the edge of the cord without piercing it.
Remove your basting and…Voila! Lovely handmade piping.
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