Making piping – a couple of tips for happier sewing!

I find when I’m making piping that sometimes a bit of the stitching from encasing the cord will show when it is sewn into the bag, cushion or whatever it is I am constructing. Here’s how I get around that problem.

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I use a glue pen to encase the piping, sticking the raw edges together, so I have stitch free binding ready to sew into my project. Ta da!

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If you’re new to making piping, the most perplexing thing may be how wide to cut your strips. It took me ages to get it right. Measure the circumference of the cord and add double your seam allowance measurement plus 1/8″. So my cord here is 1/8″ – it measures 1/2″ in circumference. As I am a quilter I use 1/4″ seam allowances.


1/2″ + 1/2″ + 1/8″ = 1 1/8″ wide fabric strips for 1/8″ cord.

Piping can make a good bag great, it’s an extra little detail that makes your sewn items look more professional and have a smarter finish. Why not try it in your next project?

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