Learn how to make piping in fabric of your choice!

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1/8" (3mm) cord

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    Jun 25, 2009, 07.01 PMby princessbg

    Please be sure that you are cutting your strips on the true bias. Which is at 45 degrees from the straight of grain. Also, make sure you align the strips and used the proper seam allowance. If you don’t, your piping can become closer to being on the straight of the grain and thus more difficult to get around corners and curves.

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    Dec 21, 2008, 09.06 AMby allieanalogue

    On many of the how-to’s I’ve seen for bias-strip piping, they only recommend using cord— just a note that you can also use two (or more) pieces of yarn to get the thickness you want (I imagine more of us have random yarn on hand, rather than a spool of braided cord). This is the way my Grandma taught me, and it works just as well! Also, a tip for sewing the fabric around the cord: when pinning the fabric, PIN PERPENDICULAR to the seam you are going to make! I can’t tell you how many tutorials I’ve seen where people are pinning parallel to the direction they’re stitching. It’s much easier to remove the pins as you’re sewing if they’re sticking out the side, and if you miss one, the needle will usually slide over it.

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    Oct 2, 2008, 07.35 PMby auntchelle

    Earlier someone asked how to make a continuous piece of bias binding. Here is a fairly good ‘how to’ link. http://quilting.about.com/od/bindingaquilt/ss/binding_strips_5.htm

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    Jun 20, 2008, 07.47 AMby alden

    can’t wait to try

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    Feb 17, 2008, 06.53 PMby emilyaugust

    Cool! Thank you for this!

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    Jan 6, 2008, 11.30 PMby lannie

    Great tip thanks! im new to sewing and still quite daunted by the fabric store so im glad i can try to make my own pipping without yet another trip to the scary store :-)

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    Oct 22, 2007, 05.59 AMby maha1965

    it,s vTo Bold: Your Bold Text ery helpful and useful to use in covering chairs and sofa

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    Aug 30, 2007, 06.55 AMby lilo

    thanks, helpful tip!

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    Aug 27, 2007, 12.24 PMby marjilo

    I know that there is a way to take a large piece of fabric, cut it in diag, reset to itself, seam, cut the larger pice into many yards of piping. Does anyone remember how?

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    Aug 15, 2007, 05.06 AMby marmota-b

    I probably wouldn’t be buying piping anyway, so thank you so much for showing how is it done at home!

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    Aug 14, 2007, 01.07 PMby stephanie-s

    Brilliant! I hate buying the standard solid colored piping, now I know how to turn all my wild patterned fabrics into unique piping giving my creations that added touch! Thanks!

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