Pillow Piping Made Easy

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We have learned how to make custom piping in 4 simple steps but never really talked about what to do with it.  Today, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to install custom piping on decorative pillows.  This simple trim can really create that WOW factor on a limited budget.

 Install Pillow Piping


Install Pillow Piping | The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

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  • sewing machine
  • zipper foot
  • basic sewing supplies

Basic Instructions:

  1. Attach your zipper foot to your machine and check the needle position.
  2. Determine the starting point of piping on your pillow.  I suggest in the middle of the bottom of pillow to hide.
  3. Position piping; pin in place all around pillow matching seam allowance.
  4. Straight stitch as close to the cording as possible, clipping corners as needed to turn the seam.
  5. To join piping, unpick a few stitches on piping and fold back fabric to expose cording.  Clip cording to match evenly; fold under the fabric edge and overlap to cover the seam; continue stitching piping in place.

Install Pillow Piping | The Sewing Loft

Custom pillow piping is an easy way to add that decorator touch on a shoestring budget.  The key is to take your time and not to be caught short.  With a few minutes of prep work and some simple calculations, you can transform even the simplest pillow insert into a decorator pillow.

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  1. Lydia Dixon says

    I would love to print out the instructions but don’t want all the adds. Could you email me jut the instruction?

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