Tag: piping

Following on from my piping post a few days ago I have become rather excited by the prospect of pillow covers (I will get out more, I promise).



So here is one I made last night – in pictures – from start to end:

Piping = cord and bias tape
End of the line – make sure you have cord hanging out!
Sewing the hems on the back panels – trying to be as neat as possible!
This is how it looks from the back
Those pesky corners – ended up taking needles out and sewing freestyle – not the best way to approach piping!
Attaching the home made piping to the cotton canvas material
Messy sewing! Going around a few times to ensure tight fitting pipes. Loving my freebee clover clips
Turning it in the right way to check it has produced well. Not too shabby
The final pillow! Love love it!

So that is my latest project – show me yours! Have you recently tried piping? How did it turn out? Are you tempted to try? Do you like to go out of your comfort zone? I do and I don’t!


I have been keen to acquire new sewing skills recently so I have been following some on-line tutorials. One thing I have always wanted to do was make piping but it looked really difficult. So when Melanie Ham published this tutorial on Youtube and made it look simple I had to give it a go.

I bought some fabric for the occasion but before I used that I wanted to do a dry run with some of my stash (always a good idea!). Here is what I used to make a cushion cover with piping.

  • Quilting fabric (20×20 inches, 20×14 (x2))
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • Piping cord
  • Pre-cut bias tape

I won’t go into a step-by-step as Melanie already does that very well on the link above; suffice it to say it was so simple!

When I was making the piping out of cord and bias tape it really fed itself through, I didn’t even need to use pins. I was dreading attaching it to the fabric as I knew if I went wrong it would be here but it was plain sailing. It went on like a dream. I did put a second row of stitches over the first row when putting the back covers on top just to ensure the piping would look as good as possible but other than that I didn’t do anything different to Melanie.

Here is the finished item:




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