In sewing, piping is a type of trim, or embellishment. It is made from a strip of fabric that is folded in half over a piece of piping cord then sewn down the edge. It can then be added to seams of cushions, garments, upholstery pieces to act as decoration, or to define edges. Piping can add those finishing touches to your piece of sewing. The small strip of fabric used in the piping is usually cut on the bias. Cutting fabric on the bias is done as the fabric becomes easier to bend around corners avoiding puckering of the fabric. Click here to learn how to cut on the bias and what it is. Pipings can be made from strips of fabric that have not been cut on the bias but these would only be practical if the pipings are to be used in a straight line. Pipings can be made with smaller or bigger cord depending where the decoration is going, for example, a small piping might be needed to edge the top of the skirt whereas a bigger piping might be needed to edge a sofa cushion. It’s great to know how to make your own so you have the freedom to choose what size piping you want and in which colour. It’s really easy to make your own piping when you know how – if you are interested in making your own follow these easy steps on how to make piping for help and guidance.
If you’re not interested in making your own, we do sell a range of pre-made pipings in a range of different colours, these are available at both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset.
See here for how to make a piped envelope cushion with pre-made piping.
If you would like more information on the products we sell you can contact us and we will be happy to help, or if you are near one of our stores pop in and see one of our knowledgeable members of staff who will be more than willing to give you help and advice on your sewing projects.