Piping Cord

Piping Cord

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • 16” x 16” pillow form
  • 1/2 yd of 54” wide fabric for pillow
  • 1 yd of 45” to 60” wide fabric

  • For Piping
  • 2 yd of Wrights®/MD cotton 3/8”piping cord
  • Fabric shears or rotary cutter and mat
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Scissors & thread
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot


  1. For this example, we will be using 3/8” piping cord. Using fabric shears or rotary cutter and mat; measure and cut the piping fabric into 3 1/2” wide strips cutting on the bias (45* degree angle) so that fabric will bend smoothly around the corners.

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  3. Trim off angled corners to avoid bulk.

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  5. Pin strips together as shown, with right sides of fabric facing each other. Sew together on 45 degree angle.

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  7. Trim excess fabric away leaving 1/4” seam allowance. Repeat until all strips are joined into one continuous piece that is long enough to go around the perimeter of your pillow form plus 6”. Open fabric and press the seams.

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  9. Lay fabric on work surface, place piping cord inside the fold. Pin fabric closed, as shown.

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  11. Using a zipper foot, machine stitch the entire length of the fabric. Stitch as close to the piping cord as possible. Trim away any excess fabric, leaving 1/2” seam allowance.

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  13. For the pillow front add 1” to each measurement and cut a piece of fabric according to the new dimensions. For the back add 1” to the length and 4” to the width; cut fabric to the new dimensions. Pin piping to the front panel of the pillow cover, lining up the raw edges as shown. Allow the piping ends to overlap about 1/2”. Machine stitch to secure.

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  15. Fold the pillow back in half width-wise; cut along the fold to get two separate pieces of the same side. Finish the newly cut edge on each piece by folding the right side of the fabric to the back, creating a 1” fold as shown. Machine stitch to secure.

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  17. Pin the back of the cover into place, overlapping panels with right sides of fabric together, as shown. Using a zipper foot, machine stitch all sides together. Stitch as close to the piping cord as possible.

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  19. Turn the pillow cover right side out and insert pillow form. To finish the ends of the piping cord, insert into the sleeve of the other end of the cord, and stitch into place. Piping fabric should be smooth and tight for a professionally finished look.

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  21. This image shows the back of the pillow with a sleek envelope closure.

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