How to make piping

I reckon you can make your sewing look quite professional by adding piping to a seam. Like in a cushion or on pockets of garments.


I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to find piping that exactly matches or contrasts my main project. So, lets make our own!

You will need:

  • some piping cord, or any sort of narrow rope will work
  • your contrast or matching fabric
  • your usual sewing tools


How to make piping:

Lay the fabric out in one layer only. Now fold one of the edges (where the fabric was cut) up towards the selvedge (where the fabric is finished by machine).

Cut along the diagonal – the bias. This will give your piping a bit of stretch to mould it easier around corners and curves.

Cut your fabric strips to the required width and length:

width: the diameter of your rope + 2x your seam allowance

length*: the length of your seam + your seam allowance for both ends

*you can cut multiple strips and sew them together to one long piping piece; place the ends right sides facing on top of each other and sew from the right top corner to the bottom left corner in a diagonal line. Trim the little triangles that stand over the piping seam.

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Fold the strips in half lengthwise & press

Place your cord between the layers & press again, close to the cord but not over the cord

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Now secure with some pins.
Attach your zipper-, adjustable zipper- or cording foot to your machine.Sew close to the cord without catching it.



You don’t want to get too close, otherwise you will see the stitches when the piping is sewn in the seam. I would stay approx. 0.2 – 0.5cm away from the cord. When you sew the piping in the seam you can sew closer.

And there you go 🙂

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Until next time,

Kristina xx

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