Sunday, September 20, 2009

Easy Peasy DIY Pillow Piping Tutorial

This is my 200th post so to celebrate I want to share with you an easy cushion piping tutorial. I really like making cushions because they are a great way to enjoy your favourite fabric or add some colour to your couch or budoir.

For this tutorial I already had the front and back of the pillow already cut-out and made. The piping and backing fabric are velvet and the front is an all cotton log-cabin affair.

Step 1.

Measure around your the sides of your pillow to work out how long your piping needs to be. I cut 1.5 inch strips of the same fabric I used for the backing. Sew strips together to make the length you need.

Fold the strip around your piping cord (wrong sides together) then use the zipper foot on your machine and stitch as close as you can next to the covered cord. Make sure you use a similar coloured thread as the fabric, and try and keep the edges of the strip evenly together as you sew.

Step 2.

Now sew the covered cord to the top of the cushion cover (in my case the log cabin patchwork). Keep the edge of the cover and the edge of the covered cord together and then you will have a consistent seam allowance. At the start, I ease the piping on and then straighten up to get the edges even, you will see at the end why this works better.

Step 3.

The best way to get around the corners is to clip the seam allowance a little as this will make it easier to shape the corner.

I usually go slow around the corners and use my hand to steady the cord. You can pin this but I it easier to control if I don't pin and just ease everything in place.

Step 4.

When you have sewn the cord all around the cover and you are ready to finish, overlap the start of the cord and sew off the edge of the cover and trim the ends.

This is what the cover should now look like.

Step 5.

Now it is time to sew the front and the back together. Make sure you open the zipper a bit so you can turn it inside out at the end.

Put right sides together and keep the cushion top that you have sewed the piping onto on the top. This is because you are going to sew over the top of the stitching that you have just made to attach the cord.

Again, I use a zipper foot because it allows you to sew as close to the piping cord as possible.

Sew around the cover using the stitching as a guide.

And that is it, you can overlock the edge and turn it inside out. Beautiful.

I hope that it is clear, please let me know if you have any questions.

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Katherine said...

Wonderful thanks, will have to try it

Leonie Guld said...

Thank you....this tut is fantastic!!

minivanlife said...

Fantastic little tutorial! That pink velour/velvet is soo pretty with the fabrics on the front. I posted my first tutorial today on flickr for some pj pants... Tutorials are labor intensive! Thanks so much for this tutorial, I've never tried adding piping on anything. I will have to give it a try now!

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Thanks for sharing! I do love piping, gives a lovely finish :) xox

Cindy said...

Wow, what a great tute! Your pillow turned out beautifully. Thank you for taking the time to show us. :)

TC said...

Thanks for the tips. I have been sewing for 30 years and piping is still my nemesis. I'm going to try using your method.

Liz said...

I love the way you did that! Never thought of doing it that way. Maybe that is why my projects with piping don't come out so nice and I always give up on the piping thing.....But I always try because it looks so nice.

greeneggs said...

Beautiful tute and beautiful cushion. Your fabrics are soo vibrant and beautiful.
I am a little confused when I look at the picture of the final seam. the pink fabric seems to be sticking out about three inches. I am not sure whether it is the edge of the piping or the edge of the bottom of the cushion.

Little Snoring said...

Hi Greeneggs

Yep you are right that last image is a little confusing. The pink fabric that is sticking out is actually the backing fabric. That excess fabric comes off when I overlock the seam. Hope that helps.

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Thanks for this tute, I may get brave enough to try piping again (last time was a disaster!) the next time I make slip covers for my sofa cushions.

ByLightOfMoon said...

Thanks, you make this look so easy and I have been a little afraid of trying the pipeing stitch. I will just have to DO it now with your tutorial. Many thanks for the courage you show.

Smiles, Cyndi

julie said...

Thanks! That answered all my questions about the cord! I am trying to find a tutorial on crib bedding.. Do you know any good ones? Preferably the pillow type bumper pads.

Jenny said...

Hello and thank you for this great tutorial! I just wanted to let you know I found it quite helpful and linked to it from my blog:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, clear instructions. Thanks so much for teaching me!!! :)

kittee said...

thanks for this clear tutorial. any idea where i can find a tutorial to put in a beautiful covered zipper like your pillow had? all the ones i find have the zipper on the seam, which I don't want since i want to have piping...


kittee said...

just want you to know i followed your toot and have made two pillows, which are both really great. thank you!


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