How to Make your Own Piping

Follow along as Myles shows how easy it is to make your own piping!


Piping is a type of trim made out of bias tape with a fill cord inside of it. It can be purchased by the metre, in packages or you can make your own with a piece of fabric and some fill cord.

For this video we started with 3/4 of a yard of fabric (27''). This size of piece gave us about 350'' of piping. If you need more piping, you will want to start working with a bigger piece. Also keep in mind that the bigger your starting piece, the fewer seams that will be in your piping piece.


1. The first thing you will want to do is to square up your fabric. For this example we are working with 3/4 of a yard (27'') of fabric. Next bring one corner over to line up one selvedge with one of the long cut edges. This will create a diagonal line that will be your first cutting line. Mark your corner with a pin, unfold your fabric and draw a line from your corner point to your pin.


2. Cut along the line you just marked. You will now have a triangular piece that you have cut off. Use this piece as a pattern to mark the cutting line on the other side of your piece. To do this you will lift up your triangle and turn it to line up both selvedges. You can use the edge of the triangle piece as a guide to cut off your second triangle.


Before you cut your second triangle piece it's a good idea to double check your centre piece will be the shape you would like. Once it's cut your centre piece should look like a rhombus shape (slanted square) and not triangular. If it looks like your centre piece will be the wrong shape, flip your triangular piece over (still lining up the selvedges) and check it again. Once you are sure it will be the right shape, cut off your second triangle.


3. Now we will mark the cutting lines of our strips. Make sure the lines run parallel to the bias (where you cut off your triangles). Using the clear ruler of your choice, mark your cutting lines (for this example we are cutting 2'' wide strips). To determine how wide to make your strips, take a soft measuring tape and measure around your lip cord. Take this measurement and add your seam allowance (x2). So in our case we need 1'' to go around our lip cord and have a ½'' seam allowance so 1'' + ½'' + ½''=2'' wide strips. Mark the cutting lines all the way across your entire piece. If you end up with your last strip not being wide enough for what you need, simply cut it off.


4. We will now sew our straight grain edges together to join our strips together into one continuous piece. Take the bottom edge and line it up with the top edge of your piece, offsetting it by one strip. Pin the two pieces together along your seam allowance. Pull back one side of your seam allowance making sure that your marked lines match. If the lines do not match up, unpin and shift the pieces until they match.


5. Stitch the two edges together using your desired seam allowance and sew right to the edge on both sides. Press your seam allowances open. Using your chalk line as a guide, start at one end and cut all the way through your piece, turning the fabric as you go. You now have one really long piece of bias tape. Cut one end of the bias tape to make it square.


6. At your sewing machine, place your fill cord in the centre of your bias strip and fold the fabric over top. Using your zipper foot and a long stitch length, baste as close as you can to your fill cord. Continue to sew until you have enough piping for your project. Cut off the extra bias tape.


Congratulations on completing your piping!


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