How to make your own and how to use itI LOVE piping! It just adds a little extra to many designs, makes a retro look, just how I like it. And you can put it between any two pieces of fabric you sew together. Since I'm so glad I discovered it I want to share my rather knew knowledge with you.
- fabric of your choice, cut into 2.5 cm wide strips. If you use wovens: cut it on the bias, elastics any way you want.
- some 2 mm polyester cord (you can of course use thicker cord if you want the piping to be wider.
Cut your fabric into strips in a 45 degree angle to the edges.
I bought the cord in a DIY store (cheap!).
Press seams open.
Put the cord in the middle of the strip and sew right next to the cord. There are special piping feet for sewing machines, but your zipper foot (as used here) works just fine!
Your piping is now ready for use!
Pockets with piping
I cut out two half circles (well, roughly), the size you want the pockets to be plus 1 cm seam allowance where the piping is going to be and 2 cm on the straight edge.
Finish the straight edge (use a zigzag seam or a serger).
Stitch the piping to the edge of the right side of the pocket. Stitch close to the cord in your piping using your zipper foot (or piping foot if you have one).
Stitch the pockets to your trousers after you have closed the side seam. Use your zipper (piping) foot and stitch as close to the cord as possible.
Piping between two pieces of fabric/ piping edges
Turn and press (edges) or press fabrics apart the way they are supposed to be and topstitch close to the cord (edges) or about 0.5 cm from it to secure the seam allowances.