How to Add Piping to a Pillow
January 2, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
Piping is a fun embellishment to add to a pillow that you’re making! Here’s a few tips and tricks on how to add piping to a pillow!
(Also, the tutorial for this throw pillow is coming soon!!)
To start, you’ll need your piping (pre-made or the piping you made) and the front fabric for your pillow.
Start somewhere on the bottom and pin every 2 to 3 inches. When you get within an inch of the corner, put 3-6 clips only along the piping seam allowance to allow for it to turn the corner better (see the next several pictures).
Then, turn that corner and pin it flat and even. You can make your corners more curved or more square, but, consistency among your corners is important!
Just another picture of the pinned corner…
Continue pinning your pining around the entire front pillow fabric.
Clip about 3″ of overlapped piping (as shown below).
Stitch rip one of the overlapping piping edges to expose the piping cord.
Clip the piping cord to match up exactly with the other edge of piping.
Fold the excess piping fabric in half…we’re tucking the raw edge under.
Envelope and wrap it around the other piping end to create the look of ongoing piping.
It may take a little finagling to get it nicely lined up, but, when you’ve got it, pin it in place!
Now, you’re ready to sew your piping to the pillow front! Using your zipper foot (and needle to the left), stitch closely to the piping (and if you made your own piping, stitch on your stitch line). Use a thread that matches! Also, I recommend using a narrow zipper foot…it can get in closer! However, the regular zipper foot will suffice.
Here is the narrow zipper foot below…
Your piping has been added! Be on the lookout for this fun pillow tutorial…making the embellishment flower and putting it all together!