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!!)

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

To start, you’ll need your piping (pre-made or the piping you made) and the front fabric for your pillow.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a 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).

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

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!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Just another picture of the pinned corner…

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Continue pinning your pining around the entire front pillow fabric.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Clip about 3″ of overlapped piping (as shown below).

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Stitch rip one of the overlapping piping edges to expose the piping cord.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Clip the piping cord to match up exactly with the other edge of piping.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Fold the excess piping fabric in half…we’re tucking the raw edge under.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Envelope and wrap it around the other piping end to create the look of ongoing piping.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

It may take a little finagling to get it nicely lined up, but, when you’ve got it, pin it in place!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

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.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Here is the narrow zipper foot below…

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

Your piping has been added! Be on the lookout for this fun pillow tutorial…making the embellishment flower and putting it all together!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow

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