Piping can add a professional touch to the edges of cushions, bags and purses, quilts and even clothing. It is both decorative and functional as it protects edges and makes seams both durable and beautiful. In the last Tutorial we learned how to make piping using bias tape strips. Now you have made your piping, you need to learn how to sew piping into a seam.
This is the easy part!
HOW TO SEW PIPING
On the right side of your fabric, machine baste the piping facing inwards matching the raw edges. Make sure the stitching on your piping aligned with the seam allowance. In this case, my piping edge was 1/2 inch (12mm) and my seam allowance was 1/2 inch (12mm) so the raw edges were aligned.
Use your zipper foot to baste the piping just on top of the piping stitches. I used a darker thread for illustrative purposes but it is better to use a matching thread in case any shows at the end.
If you need to sew piping around a corner, simply put a few clips into your piping edge being careful not to cut across the stitching.
Pin the second piece of fabric with right side down and raw edges matching.
Once again with your zipper foot, stitch along as close to the piping cord as possible.
Turn your seam to the right side, give it a press and there is your beautifully piped seam.
What are you going to sew the piping into? Please share below.
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