I used to look at piping in awe and wonder how amazing it must be to be able to make it and sew with it. Then I got to university and learnt how to make it, got so excited to use it then the novelty wore off. Spending hours making bias tape and sewing the piping cord in soon took the fun out of it. But I want to stress that piping isn’t a wondrous thing that only the super advanced sewists know. It is something everyone can create even if you are a beginner, you can learn this and perfect it in no time.
Equipment And Materials
- Tape Measure
- Piping Cord – usually found in local markets, sewing shops and sometimes in Hobbycraft.
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Zipper Foot – Make sure you have one to fit your machine brand and model.
- Matching thread
- Chalk Pen/ Tailors Chalk
The piping cord comes in different thickness and you can get as much or as little cut as you require. Remember before cutting your fabric you want to make sure your fabric strip is wide enough to cover the cord and some. This will ensure you have a nice even coverage over the piping and extra to sew with into your project.
To get started to create your bias tape, to learn how to make bias tape click here. This is a step by step tutorial on how to make bias tape. Remember to miss the end step in which you will feed this into a bias mouse and press. You do not require that step. Before cutting your fabric I would measure your piping cord against the fabric strip to check that you will have enough fabric to fold over and sew into place.
Once you have your bias tape ironed and ready lay your piping cord down the centre on the tape, think of laying a hot dog in a hot dog bun. You want to create a nice even amount of fabric either side ready to pull together to sew.
If you don’t feel confident sewing straight away you can try by pinning the piping in place, placing the pins right next to the piping to hold it firmly in place.
Sew with your needle pushing down next to your cord, this will create a firm hold but you don’t want to sew over the cord.
Once done lay within the seam of your project with the cord on the inside of the seam allowance. Think of the cord as the right side of the fabric, right sides together. This will then be on the outer edge once the item is turned the right way around.