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How to make your own piping and bias tape
Piping! That's such a great detail to add to any design and so easy to make as well.
Even if it's available in a lot of colours, wouldn't it be great to make your own from any kind of fabric you have: prints, matching or contrasted colours...

Let's see how to make piping and bias tape.

Posted by Pauline A. from Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain • Published See Pauline A.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 1
    Step 1

    This is some store-bought piping. You can see how it's made: a cord is sandwiched between a bias strip of fabric and there is a stitching line very close to that cord. The strip of fabric beeing cut on the bias allows for a lot of flexibility in the piping, making it great to outline any curve seam line.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a square piece of fabric. I made mine 25 cm x 25 cm (10" x 10") but you can make it as big or small as you want. With this size, I was able to make a 2,4 m strip of bias (2 1/4 yards).

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut the square in half diagonally. This will give the bias.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 4
    Step 4

    With right sides together, stitch the sides together (the straight ones, not the diagonal ones!) very close to the edge.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 5
    Step 5

    Press the seam allowances open with the tip of the iron.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 6
    Step 6

    Draw parallel lines every 2,5 cm (1") starting at the top (along the bias) on the wrong side of the fabric. The last line might be slighty smaller (mine's 2,2 cm), that's because my seam allowances were a little bit too deep.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 7
    Step 7

    That's the tricky part, at least for me. With right sides together, bring the edges together and match the lines along the seam line. The first row of each side should be offset, like on the picture. Pin together and stitch very close to the edge.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 8
    Step 8

    After the tricky part, the fun one! Now that you have a tube, start cutting the first offset row following the continuous line until the end.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now you have the strip of fabric cut on the bias and you need your cord.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 10
    Step 10

    Place the cord on the wrong side on the bias, fold the bias in half to sandwich the cord and secure it in place with pins.

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 11
    Step 11

    With a zipper foot, stitch as close as possible to the cord (possibly with a matching thread! I'm using a constrating one so you see it better).

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 12
    Step 12

    There you go! You made your own piping! Now use it in some great outfits!

  • How to sew piping. How To Make Your Own Piping - Step 13
    Step 13

    Here are some piping examples. I just love it!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
Wow I never knew that bias tape and piping was made like that! Thanks so much for sharing Happy these 'technique' tutorials are so helpful
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