How to Use Piping (Part 2)

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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Large cording makes a beautiful edge for home-decor projects like pillows, ottomans, curtains, baby blankets or bumper sets, or something as simple as a holiday tree skirt.
Stitch the fabric around the cording using your zipper foot.
Stitch your cording to your project fabric.
Large cording makes a beautiful edge for home-decor projects like pillows, ottomans, curtains, baby blankets or bumper sets, or something as simple as a holiday tree skirt.

Large cording makes a beautiful edge for home-decor projects like pillows, ottomans, curtains, baby blankets or bumper sets, or something as simple as a holiday tree skirt.

Photo: Shannon Dennis

Last week I showed you how to use piping, but what if you want to use large piping? Anything thicker than 1/4 inch can be a little hard to handle . . . let alone insert. For 1/2-inch home-dec cording, start with a bias-cut strip 2-3/4 inches wide by the length needed for your project. Wrap the bias strip around your cording with the wrong side of the strip to the cording. Using the zipper foot from your sewing machine, select a straight stitch and place the fabric-wrapped cording under the zipper foot. The cording should butt up to the side of the zipper foot.


Stitch the fabric around your cording using a center-needle straight stitch and zipper foot.

Stitch away from the cording for this first round of stitching. This will essentially just hold your cording inside the fabric. Remove the cording from the machine, then pin the cording to the right side of your project fabric, keeping the raw edges together. With your zipper foot still in place, move your needle position to the left so it is closer to the piping but not beyond the edge of the zipper foot.


Stitch the piping to your project. Move the needle toward the piping but not beyond the zipper foot.

Topstitch the piping on the right side of your project. This will give your piping the stability and finished look it needs.


Topstitch your piping on the right side of your project.

 

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Comments (1)

klattimore writes: Thank you for posting this one. Piping scares me, but you meade it look great and easy. Keep it up. Kathy
Posted: 12:54 am on November 10th
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