At some point in their sewing experience, every person will encounter a pattern that calls for piping (such as the Family Pjs or Alphabet Pillows…) or decide they want to add their own for something a bit different. Piping is one of those notions that you can buy, but if you’re looking for a very specific color or patterned option, your best bet is to make it yourself.
Don’t be daunted! This is much simpler than you think!
If your pattern has a piping option, you can easily make it yourself. You can use pre-made bias tape or a cotton fabric cut into bias strips.
- Take a length of bias tape 2 inches longer than needed for your project. Press it open flat and then fold it in half and press it again.
- Using a narrow cotton cording, lay it inside the fold of the bias tape. The cording should be at least two inches longer than the bias strip.
- Pin the bias strip, pinching the cord into the fold.
- Using a zipper foot stitch with the needle placed at ¼ of an inch from the raw edge. Sew with a regular straight stitch down the length of the strip, encasing the cording inside. This raw edge
will be used to apply the piping to your garment. Do not trim this away.
Et voila! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Now you’re ready to sew your piping onto your pattern pieces! Piping adds a beautiful finishing touch or visual effect to loads of different styles, not just pjs and pillows! Jacket lapels, bags, dresses, and even pockets!