Monday, November 5, 2012

How to Make Piping

Hi! Here is the third part in my reupholstering adventure! After this we move on to the parts that are a bit more challenging.

This part is How to Make the Piping. I got lucky on this part since I am refinishing a love seat and it is not wider than 50" I was able to use the width of my upholstery fabric [which was 54"] to cut strips - easy peasy.
Incase you missed the first few steps you can check them out here:
The steps all together are:

I started with upholstery cord - I found it at Joanns - it was only $0.65/yard and I had a coupon.
[Joanns has a very tiny upholstery section but luckily they had everything I needed plus with coupons and all of their crazy sales the prices were hard to beat]

I took note of where the piping was used originally and measured those areas out, it was a bit less than 10 yards.

Then I cut 1.5" strips of fabric and placed the cording agains the wrong side of the fabric in the middle.

I pinned every three inches or so just to make sure it stayed together and even while sewing.

**Put the Zipper Foot on the machine - there is a piping/cording foot but it is almost identical**
Just incase you are not sure what foot that is - it looks like this:

Next, moved the needle position all the way to the left to help get as close to the cord as possible while sewing to create a tight casing. 
Now begin to sew and sew and sew...

When it is done it will look like this:

Easy right? :) Now just set that aside so that it is ready for when you start the actual reupholstering!


  1. Thanks for sharing! I honestly always wondered how to do piping, but never really looked it to it! I am going to try this. Visiting from the NY Melrose Family blog hop!

  2. Thanks for sharing this Alexandra. I've got some cushions planned that I'd like to pipe. Thanks for making it sound so easy. Thanks so much for linking up at Thriving on Thursday.

    Anne xx