How to Sew in Piping for Upholstery

Do you want to add some extra flair to your upholstery project? Look no further than piping! Piping is a great way to add a pop of color and texture to any piece of furniture. But how do you sew in piping for upholstery? With a few basic tools and some patience, you can easily create your own piping and sew it into your upholstery project. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of creating and sewing in piping for upholstery.

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What is Piping?

Piping is a type of trim that is made out of a cord or rope that is covered in fabric. It is commonly used to add a decorative edge to upholstery, clothing, and home decor items. Piping can be made out of any fabric, but it is typically made out of a durable material like cotton or polyester. Piping can be used in a variety of ways, such as accenting the edges of pillows, cushions, and seat covers.

Materials Needed

Before you can start sewing in piping, you will need a few materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Fabric for piping
  • Piping cord
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Fabric marker

Creating the Piping

The first step in sewing in piping is to create the piping itself. To do this, you will need to cut a strip of fabric on the bias (at a 45-degree angle) that is wide enough to cover the piping cord with a little extra room. The width of the strip will depend on how thick you want the piping to be. A good rule of thumb is to cut the strip 1 ½ times the width of the piping cord.

Once you have cut the strip of fabric, lay the piping cord along the center of the strip. Fold the fabric over the cord and pin it in place. Make sure that the fabric is snug against the cord, but not so tight that it will bunch up when you sew it.

Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew the fabric together as close to the cord as possible. Make sure to catch both layers of fabric in your stitching. When you reach the end of the strip, trim the fabric so that it overlaps the beginning by about ½ inch. Fold the ends in and sew them together.

Preparing the Upholstery

Before you can sew in the piping, you need to prepare the upholstery piece. Make sure that the upholstery is clean and free of any stray threads or debris. Measure the perimeter of the area where you want to sew in the piping, and cut a strip of fabric on the bias that is the same length. The width of the strip will depend on how thick you want the piping to be. A good rule of thumb is to cut the strip 1 ½ times the width of the piping cord.

Once you have cut the strip of fabric, pin it in place around the perimeter of the upholstery piece. Make sure that the right side of the fabric is facing the right side of the upholstery piece. Pin the piping in place along the edge of the fabric strip, with the cord side facing in towards the upholstery piece.

Sewing in the Piping

Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew the fabric strip to the upholstery piece as close to the piping cord as possible. Make sure that you catch both layers of fabric in your stitching. When you reach a corner, stop sewing about ½ inch from the edge of the piece. Fold the fabric strip up and away from the upholstery piece, and clip into the seam allowance at a 45-degree angle. Fold the fabric strip back down and continue sewing.

When you reach the end of the strip, trim the fabric so that it overlaps the beginning by about ½ inch. Fold the ends in and sew them together. Now your piping is sewn into your upholstery piece!

Final Thoughts

Sewing in piping for upholstery is a great way to add some extra flair to your furniture. With a few basic tools and some patience, you can easily create your own piping and sew it into your upholstery project. Remember to measure carefully and sew slowly and accurately to ensure that your piping looks professional and polished. With a little practice, you’ll be piping like a pro in no time!

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