Piping is a decorative element for both clothing and home dec projects. You can buy ready-to-use piping but what if you can’t find exactly the right color or size you are looking for your project? Here is step-by-step on how to make custom piping.
By making your own piping, you can make different sizes from very small as an accent on a garment seam, to big and round to use on pillows or upholstery projects. It is recommended to cut your fabric that you’ll be covering the cording with on the bias so that it is easier to ease around edges. If you are only sewing the piping along a straight edge, go ahead and cut on the straight of grain.
What is cutting on the bias?
Bias cut fabric is cut at a 45 degree angle from the straight of grain. Cutting on the bias has several benefits. Bias cut fabric has a little give and stretch to it making it perfect to go around curves and shapes. Also, since the threads in the fabric are woven together, it has a tendency to not ravel. Read more about cutting bias strips.
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In order to make your own custom piping for your project, you need some cording and fabric strips cut on the bias. This is piping I used for a seat cushion cover and an ottoman cover.
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