Monday, July 30, 2012

Piping Sew Perfect

Piping Sew Perfect

Cut strip of fabric twice the width of desired piping plus the circumference of the cording.  You can use any firm cording of any size.  I'm using a polyester drapery cord that is 1/4 inch around.  I want 1/2 inch wide seam allowance so the fabric was cut  1 1/4 inch wide.  Preshrink cord if necessary.

Fold strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press.

Press 1/2" paper-backed fusible web to one side of the fold.

Remove paper.

Place the cord along the center fold.

Fold the side with the fusible web over the cording and press, pushing the cord toward the fold.  Protect the ironing surface with a teflon sheet, parchment paper or  release paper from fusible web.

Joining Piping
Cleanly cut an end on one piping strip to be joined.

 On other piping strip, pull the binding back 1 1/2 inches.
Turn under 1/4 inch.

Glue baste the under side of the folded edge to the back of the cut piping. Cut cording  evenly with the cut end of the first piping.

Fold the free edge of piping  over the other and glue baste.

Press the seam allowance against the cording.  
Use your cording foot to insert in the seam.  No unsightly basting stitching to show! I used this piping in a new design for the Jitter Bucket organizer pattern.

Georgia Manning Lewis


  1. Georgia, this is BRILLIANT! I can't wait to try this inovative approach. You have so many great ideas. We need to have you come as speaker and workshop teacher for Quest Quilters Guild!!!

  2. Isn't it something that we have all this type of stuff but never put two and two together! Great idea Georgia!