Make your own flat fabric cording to coordinate with your sewing project, or replace a boring cording on your ready-to-wear clothing. This is a simple project that can make a big impact on your finished item.
Learning how to make your own flat drawstring cord will come in handy when you 1) don't have what you need in your sewing room and/or 2) you want to add some interest to your sewing project that requires cording.
You can use flat fabric drawstring cording in place of narrow ribbon, round cording, satin cording, or other items that are used as ties or drawstrings.
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- Fabric scraps
- Sewing machine
- Ironing board
- First you need to determine how much fabric you will need. Calculate how much cording you need. If you are replacing cording in an existing garment or accessory, you can just measure it. If it is a new project, most patterns will tell you how much you need.
Then, determine the finished width of your drawstring cord. If you want a 1/4" flat drawstring cord, cut 1" strips from your fabric. Always cut your fabric four-times the final width.
Press your fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. This will form a nice line for us to make our next press.
- Then, fold each of the outside edges into the pressed line in the middle, and press again.
- Next, fold so that the two outside folded edges meet. Make sure to have the edges line up perfectly, then press. This is what makes the drawstring cord flat.
- Last step, go to your sewing machine and stitch the two folded edges together right along the edge. I like to use my edgestitch foot and move the needle 2-3 positions to the left. This makes a nice even stitch along the edge. You now have finished flat drawstring cord to use as you'd like! See how easy that was?
- I used it to make this Lotus-style Kinchaku bag.
NOTE: Best to use lighter weight fabrics like quilting cottons to make this cording. Heavier fabric will be hard to sew through all of those layers and will make the cording very bulky.
NOTE: Always make your cording a little on the narrower side, rather than the wider side. Then it will be easier to thread into your casings.
NOTE: When threading your cording into a casing, it is much easier to use a bodkin. If you don't have a bodkin, place a safety pin at the end to help guide the cording through the casing.
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Check out the Lotus-style Kinchaku drawstring bag that uses a flat drawstring cord.