Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pillow Cover Tutorial Part 1-Piping

This is part one of my pillow tutorial.  It will cover how to make your own piping!  First you will need to gather your materials.

What you will need:
  • Fabric that you will make your piping out of
  • Cording (length should be the perimeter of your pillow fabric plus a few inches)
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot
You will need to cut your fabric on the bias, which is just a fancy word for cutting it diagonally.  I made my strips one and a half inches wide.  If your cording is somewhere around a half inch this should work for you.  If you go bigger I would cut your fabric strips a little wider.
You will need a bunch of these strips to cover your cording.  Sewing the fabric strips together is very easy.  Take two of your strips and place them one on top of the other at a right angle (if your fabric has a right and wrong side put right sides together).  Then sew diagonally across the strips.
Trim the excess fabric from the corner and fold open.
Sew enough fabric strips together to cover your cording.  Place your cording in the center of your fabric strips.  If your fabric has a right/wrong side place the cording on the wrong side.
Fold your fabric over the cording.
Next put your zipper foot on your sewing machine and sew right up against the edge of the cording.
Sew all the way to the end and you have your cording done and ready to be added to your pillow!
Stay tuned for part 2 of this tutorial where we will put in a hidden zipper and assemble our pillow with this cording!


  1. ahhh what a great tutorial! I need to invest in a sewing machine one of these days! Though I'm certain I will go pillow-making-crazy once I do! =) haha!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. Thanks for sharing! I need to learn how to change my thread so I can make fun stuff! lol!d

  3. AWESOME I needed this!I'd love it If you linked up over at the glitter party!!! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/04/running-with-glitter-3-link-party.html

  4. Any suggestions for how to do it without a zipper foot?
    Love that yellow fabric BTW :)

  5. I ♥ that pillow. I have done piping, but it has been years. I wish I could make myself get back to it because I love the look Ü

  6. How awesome! you make it look so easy!

  7. Nice tute, you make it look sooo easy! thanks

  8. What a great tutorial. I am self taught on the sewing machine so I love reading these tutorials...usually proves I've been doing something wrong. I had always heard that you are supposed to cut the fabric on the bias but I never had and I just recently learned the hard way why I should. It really never lays right unless you do it the right way. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  9. What a great tutorial, now even I feel comfortable to tackle piping ;-).I'll be on the lookout for part 2. I wish my grandma was here to teach me properly how her old sewing machine works. Have a wonderful weekend - maks :-)

  10. i want to become good at sewing!!! this looks so nice and finished. better than my pillows haha. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

  11. Katie-

    I've seen piping done on other blogs, and was still scared of it...you made it seem much easier!

    Thanks for linking up over at Creative Juice...can't wait to see what else you have in store, esp. for a novice sewer like me!

  12. Katie, that is simply the coolest! I've never really done anything beyond the basics with my sewing machine, but you have me feeling very inspired. Gotta go see if that random bag of stuff that came with the machine contains a zipper foot!

    Thank you for linking another wonderful project at Rook No. 17!

  13. Thanks for sharing this tutorial on Fancy This Fridays!!! Looks like it really turned out great on your pillow! Excited for part two!

  14. Such a great tutorial! I loved your piping so much I featured it on this week's Ten Buck Tuesday! Email me for my "I've been featured at Young Nester" button! Have a great week!

  15. Perfect timing! I just bought fabric for a pillow and wanted to try my hand at piping! Thanks for sharing!

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