Nothing finishes off upholstery and soft fui nishings better than edging. Using eithc piping, fringing, tassels or cord – available a huge range of materials, colours and tex tures – creates a very professional touch an adds interest and style.
Piping is a means of adding decoration a definition to items such as a cushion, a upholstered chair or a duvet cover. It can b made in the same fabric as the main piece t which it is attached (called self-piping) or can be made from a contrasting fabric t highlight shape or add texture.
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Piping is made by enclosing a line of cor in a narrow strip of fabric. The covered co is then inserted between two layers of tabr and stitched, leaving the piped strip visiri along the seam on the right side. The pip”’ filler cord itself is made of twisted strand’ (usually) cotton, bleached or unbleached
Piping a cushion cover
Piping and trims
Piping can add decoration and definition to a piece of furniture or a cushion. It also serves to strengthen the seams of structured items. Here, a probably unintentional contrast occurs between the formal primness of the cream-upholstered chair and the faded old-gold velvet cover. This contrast is emphasized by the piping.
2 Stitch the strip around the cord, using a zipper foot. Stitch the piping to the cover front, snipping the comers.
3 Trim the cord so that the ends butt together. Turn -one end of the fabric cover and lap it over the other ere comes in a variety of thicknesses, known by a number 1, 2, etc. It is best to use preshrunk cord for anything that will later be laundered or dry-cleaned.
The strips of fabric used to cover the cord are generally cut on the bias (cross) of the fabric to give it more flexibility for easing around corners and curves. However, this is not essential. It may be that the pattern of the fabric is such that you want to cut across the width or length of the fabric.
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