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Today I'm going to share a very helpful sewing tip, how to make your own piping. Piping is so useful! You can use it for a lot of things (bags, cushions, pillows, curtains, etc) and it really gives your sewn items a polished look. I really hope to de-mystify some of this sewing stuff as time goes on. It's not such a scary thing. ;) The worst that can happen is you'll make something that isn't presentable to the rest of the world. Heck, that still happens to me from time to time!
1. First, figure out how much you'll need. Add a few inches just to be safe.
2. Next, get some bias tape, or make your own. There are many wonderful tutorials out there on making your own bias tape. Angry Chicken (Amy Karol) has an awesome YouTube video...google it. And in the case of piping, you don't even need to mess with the folding and ironing of the bias tape...just cut 2" diagonal strips and sew them together. Easy peasy.
3. Get some cord to go IN your piping. You can get this pretty inexpensively at a place like Jo-Ann's, especially with a coupon...or you can do what I like to do, and use a clothesline! Saves me a trip to the store, and it's very cost-effective. (I've come up with a lot of euphemisms for "cheap" over the years!)
4. Cut your cording to the size you'll need, plus a few inches. Line it up with your bias strip, and fold the fabric over the cord, like so...
6. I like to "tack" the fabric in place before I sew the piping. Just sew forward & backward over top of the cord. Like this:
7. Now, just sew right next to that cord, sandwiching it between the fabric. I don't bother using pins. I just pinch the fabric together as I'm sewing it. So much easier! Go slowly if you need to. Once you get the hang of it, it goes really quickly.
|pinching the fabric to hold it in place over the cord. I really wish I had cute fingernails.|
|Here's what you'll see coming out the back of your machine. Suh-weeeeet!!!|
|Edges a little uneven? Not a big deal.|
|See? It's not perfect. It doesn't have to be. What matters is what is above that stitched line.|
And there you have it: Piping! Trust me, unless you want to learn all about drug paraphernalia, don't Google "how to make piping." Just follow these instructions! :) And please, for the love of Pete, email me with any questions. I'm happy to help if I can!
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