Piping can be a really effective way to decorate a cushion, item of clothing or even upholstery but unless you know what you are doing it might seem quite daunting. Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to becoming a piping pro.
Mark out your bia tape, it is marked out on the bias of the cloth, which is diagnal to the weave of the fabric. The width of each strip depends on your project and how thick your cord is that you are using as the piping, but we recomment about 1.5 “/ 4cm.
Now your strps are marks out you are ready to cut, simply cut along the marked lines.
You now should have your strip of bia, if you ned it longer simply sew the strips together to the desired lenght. Now the bias needs sewing you will need a piping foot fir this. A piping foot is a narrow sewing foot which anables the needle to get tighter to the piping. The image to the left shows a piping foot. A piping foot can also be used for inserting invisable zips.
Now you are ready to sew place your piping cord in the middle of your bias tape and fold it over so the cord is snadwiched between the fabric. When you begin sewing sew close to the cord so that it is held in place but not so you are sewing on the cord.
When you have finished you should have a piece of piping cord covered in the fabric of your choice with a nice sized tounge of fabric that can be used for sewing into cushion and garments.
If this is too much work for you we do sell pre piped cords in a range of colours at a competivative price.