Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

Making Your Own Piping

At some point in their sewing experience every person will encounter a pattern that calls for piping (such as the Family Pjs…) 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 a very specific colour 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.

Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

  • 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.

Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

  • Pin the bias strip, pinching the cord into the fold.

Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

  • 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.

Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

Et voila! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

Piping adds a beautiful finishing touch or visual effect to loads of different style. Have a look here for ideas and inspiration: Piping Inspiration

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Discover how to make your own piping for the perfect finishing touch on so many items, including the Rebecca Page Family PJs

About Bronwyn Westmore

I am a massive word nerd and English is my first love; reading books and collecting dictionaries rank quite high on my To Do List (after sewing aaaaalllll the things, obviously). My favourite dinosaur is a Thesaurus, I'm a firm believer in the Oxford comma, and I think it's nice that Voldemort always waited until the end of the school year to launch an attack on Harry. Despite all his flaws, Voldemort obviously cared about education. I'm a work-from-home dog mom (Harry Potter and Dark Vega) and I basically live on social media, write a bunch of stuff, and drink copious amounts of tea. Sewing and social media in one beautiful package are my happy place!

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