Friday, December 6, 2013

Professional looking pillows- Part Three- Piping

Finally!  I know that I have been promising part three of this pillow talk but these holiday preparations and sewing for hire have been taking more time than I thought they would.  Does that ever happen to you?  Anyway...lets talk about adding piping to a pillow.  I like to make my own piping.  It is really pretty simple and it adds a nice designer touch.  I figure the length by measuring the total outside edge of the pillow.  If my pillow is 16", I multiply 16" by 4 for a total of 64", then I add about 4".  I cut a bias strip 1 1/2" by that length.  Cutting bias strips is easy.  Just line up the 45 degree line on you ruler with the selvage of your fabric and cut.

Join strips together to equal the total length needed.  Next, you will wrap the strip around 1/4" cording and stitch.  I try to stitch about 1/8" away from the cord because I don't want this stitching to show when I stitch the piping onto the pillow.

Pin the piping to the pillow front, matching the raw edge of the piping to the raw edge of the pillow.

When you get around to the starting point, overlap your end by about one inch and clip.

Open the seam of the bias overlap about one inch and snip off the cord.

Fold under the edge of this overlap about 1/2 inch and tuck the starting edge inside. Pin.

Sew the piping onto the pillow front, getting as close to the cording as possible.  A zipper foot is helpful for getting nice and close.

Lay the back of the pillow right side up on your work surface.  If you have inserted a zipper or buttons, be sure that the back is partially unzipped or unbuttoned so you will be able to turn the pillow right side out. Place the front (with piping) on top of the back, right side down so right sides are together.  Pin well.  Sew all the way around, sewing precisely over the piping stitching.

 Clip the corners.

Turn the pillow right side out, push out the corners and insert the pillow form.

Striped fabric, cut on the bias, makes an interesting piping, as do other prints.  Don't be afraid to try something a bit different!


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