Piping is a folded strip of cloth, often enclosing a cord, used to decorate the edges of clothes or furniture or crafts.
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Determine how thick you want your piping to be and find a cord that matches that desired thickness.
Depending on your project you might want to cut the cord smaller than your fabric strip and align it to allow tucking in the ends of the fabric. In most cases, cut the cord 2” (5cm) longer than your fabric strip. On each side of the fabric strip align for 1” (2.5cm) to be sticking out
To prevent the cord from unraveling, burn or tape the edges.
Cut the fabric into a strip
The piping length should be bigger than the amount of space you want to cover. Making extra piping is recommended.
The width of the strip depends on the thickness of the cord you will need to cover. For small to medium size cord a 1.5” (3.8cm) width for a strip of fabric is a good start
Place the cord along the centre of the fabric.
Fold and pin the width of the fabric strip in half, keeping the cord inside the centre.
Put a piping foot or a zipper foot on your sewing machine.
Baste stitch the fabric close to secure the cord.
Cut down the raw ends of the piping to leave only extra for seam allowance. The seam allowance depends on the project. Some projects require a wider seam allowance
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