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How to add piping to your project
Piping is a fun, three-dimensional detail that is made by wrapping cording in bias tape. It is most commonly seen in items such as slipcovers, bags, and other non-wearable fashions, but can also be found on vintage patterns and modern looks as a decorative detail. To use, you can use pre-made piping or make your own with cord and bias tape.

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  • How to sew piping. Piping - Step 1
    Step 1

    You can find piping in the fabric store (near the bias tape) or make your own by wrapping cord in your favorite bias tape. The piping should have the cord sewn in between the bias tape, with the ends of the tape flat and ready to be attached to your garment.

  • How to sew piping. Piping - Step 2
    Step 2

    Piping should be attached into a garment's seam. To do this, place one of your garment pieces face up, and the piping on top of it, matching raw edges. Then, using a zipper foot, baste the piping to the garment seam line, stitching as close to the piping as possible.

  • How to sew piping. Piping - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place the other, corresponding garment piece face down on top of the the first, sandwiching the piping in between. Stitch the seam closed using your zipper foot, again sewing as close to the piping as possible.

  • How to sew piping. Piping - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn your garment right side out. You should have a beautiful piece of piping running down the seam, with no visible stitching lines showing through to the outside. If some of your basting lines are still visible, or the piped cord is not as close to the seam as you would like, simply turn the garment back over and stitch down the seam again, even closer to the piping.

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