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Make you own piping out of your favorite fabrics!
Make piping using store-bought or homemade bias tape for fun piping!

Posted by Sarai M. Published See Sarai M.'s 3 projects »
  • How to make a supplies. Make Your Own Piping - Step 1
    Step 1

    For bias tape, use store bought tape or tape you’ve made. Either way, it should be wide enough to encase the cord and leave enough fabric to be sewn into the garment’s seam allowance.

    For this tutorial, this cord is 1/8″ wide. Th bias tape needs a seam allowance of 5/8".

    To ensure the tape is wide enough, double the width of the cord (2 x 1/8″) and double the seam allowance (2 x 5/8″). Added together, the total amount is 1 1/2″ for the width of this bias tape. For your custom bias tape, follow this little math equation:

    (2 x cord width = _____ ) + (2 x seam allowance = _____ ) = total width of the bias tape.

    Note: If the final seam allowance is a little short, don’t worry! Simply mark the seam allowance line on your garment and match up the finished piping by pinning in place.

  • How to make a supplies. Make Your Own Piping - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place the cording in the middle of the bias tape strip. The wrong side of the fabric should be facing the cord.

  • How to make a supplies. Make Your Own Piping - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the tape over the cord. Pin in place with both edges of the bias tape matched up.

  • How to make a supplies. Make Your Own Piping - Step 4
    Step 4

    Baste the cord to the bias tape at each of the short ends before you sew to prevent accidentally pulling it out.

    Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine. Place the cord as close to the needle as possible. Sew slowly, making sure to keep an even line close to the cord.

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Jeanniece M.
Jeanniece M. · 1 project
This is great! Do you have a picture of your piping in action?
Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
This is genius!!! I'd been looking for a how-to for DIY piping and this is great! Thank you so much for sharing.

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