Sewing cording is about taking a little round cord and wrapping it with bias tape. Other common names for it are piping trim and welt trim.
I'm sure you've seen it somewhere, it looks like a little tube of fabric and It's always placed between two pieces of fabric.
It's mostly used for the edges of furniture, pillows and clothes. You can buy it, but making your own is better! Sometimes you can't find the right color or size.
If you make your own, you can choose the perfect size for your projects and make the piping match the main fabric.Try making it with all sorts of fun prints to add a personal touch to your sewing projects.
Piping cord is a round and thick. It comes in many different widths and it's usually made of cotton. You can buy the one that's especially made for this, or you can use any other cord that you find. Just make sure that it's round.
Your piping will be the size of the cord, choose the right size for your project. Thin cords look better on clothing, save thick ones for furniture.
You need enough cording to cover the edge of whatever thing-a-ma-jig you'll be making. I always add a few extra inches to make sure I have enough. It's easier to cut than to lengthen!
Now you have to wrap the cord with bias tape. You can buy bias at the fabric store, or you can make your own.
Measure the cord's width by wrapping your measuring tape around it. Add 1” for seam allowances, and you have the width of the bias strips!
Make enough continuous bias to cover the whole edge of the thing-a-ma-jig. Make an extra 5”, it's always good to have leftovers.
Place the cord in the middle of the bias strip. Leave a little tail at the beginning.
Wrap the cord by folding the bias tape in half. I like to pin it at the beginning so it doesn't move when I put it into the sewing machine.
There's a special foot for sewing cording that has a channel to put the cord in. It's useful, but you can also use a regular zipper foot. I'll explain how to use the regular one, since it's the one that most people have.
Put the beginning of the cording trim under the foot and put your needle down. Start sewing the cording and fold the bias binding as you go along. Always make sure that it's folded exactly in half. Sew very close to the cord's edge. Start very slowly until you get the hang of it.
When you reach the end of the cord, leave about 3/4” of bias trim without sewing, and a little cord tail after that. This will come in handy when you sew the trim to something else.
Now that your piping is ready, it's time to start sewing cording to everything!
Sew the cording to one of the pieces first. Align the cording's edge with the fabric's and pin, making sure that the cording trim is on the right side of fabric. Sew as close as you can to the cord with a piping or zipper foot.
Place the second piece over the first one and sandwich the cord in between. The right sides of fabric should be on the inside facing each other.
Align all the edges and pin. Sew the edge using a cording or zipper foot, making sure that you're sewing as close as you can to the cord.
You're happily sewing cording to the edge of fabric until... you reach a corner!
Don't panic. All you need to do is make a small cut on the trim, right where the corner is. Turn the trim and continue pinning. This is the same procedure for curves, except that you make small cuts on the trim all along the curve.
Ok, so you've mastered the corners and the curves, what about the ends? Not everything has ends that meet, but when you're piping pillows you'll surely have to do it.
Pin the cording all the way around until you get to the meeting point.
Fold the piece of bias that is not sewn upwards to reveal the cord. Cut the cord exactly where the fold is. Measure the cord that is completely wrapped (the one on the right in the picture) so that it ends right where the other cord begins and trim.
Your cord should now look like this:
Fold the little piece of bias (the part that's on the left in the picture), over the cording (the part on the right). Pin and sew.
Now you should be a master corder! Try making a throw pillow with piping.
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