The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 5: Recover an Old Pillow with DIY Corded Piping

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Make Your Own Corded Piping

It’s summer! Time to spruce up those old decorative pillows. Instead of buying new pillows each season, you can just recover the ones you already own. To bring them to a whole new level, use handmade corded piping around the edges.

Two pillows with corded piping

Closeup of handmade corded piping

For the last few weeks, I’ve been showing you things to make with your handmade bias tape. To follow along from the beginning, read “The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 1: Make Your Own” post.

To make your own corded piping, start by following the directions for cutting bias strips that can be found in the first post of the series.

Make Your Own Bias Tape

Once you have your bias strips cut and stitched together, place some cotton cording in the middle of the wrong side of the bias strip.

Cord on the wrong side of the bias strip

Fold the bias strip in half and pin the cord in place.

Fold and pin the bias strip

Use a zipper foot and sew as close to the cord as possible, sandwiching the cord inside the fabric.

Sew the cord in place with a sewing machine

To use your corded piping to decorate the edges of  a new pillow case, first cut two pieces the size of your pillow form, being sure to add 5/8″ to every side for a seam allowance.

Cut two outer pillow pieces

Pin the raw edge of the piping to the right side raw edge of one of the pillow pieces. Leave the end hanging off the edge as shown in the picture below.

Pin the corded piping on the pillow piece edge

At the corners, clip the piping.

Clip the corners of the piping

When you get back around to where you started, run the end off the edge again and overlap with the ends.

Run the end off the edge

Start sewing on one end of the piping using the zipper foot.

Sew the corded piping on using a zipper foot

Sew as close to the cording as possible and slowly around the corners.

Sew slowly around the corners

When you get back around to where you started, overlap the ends and sew through both pieces of piping.

Overlap the ends and sew through all the layers

Overlap the ends and sew through all the layers

Overlap the ends and sew through all the layers

Trim the ends.

Trim the ends

Lay the second pillow piece on top of the first one you sewed with right sides together.

Place second piece on top of first, right sides together

Pin around the piping.

Place second piece on top of first, right sides together

Sew through all layers as close to the piping as possible.

Sew through all the layers

Leave a opening at one end. If you are using an existing pillow form, you’ll want to make this opening big enough to get your pillow form through.

Leave an opening at one end

Trim all four corners of the pillow.

Trim all four corners

Notch the corners.

Notch the corners

Turn it right side out.

Turn it right side out

Insert the old pillow form or add the stuffing through the opening.

Insert the stuffing through the opening

Pin the opening and hand stitch it closed.

Pin the opening and hand stitch closed

Now grab a frosty cold drink, sit back and enjoy your new pillows.

Two pillows with corded piping

Photo credits: Beth Huntington

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