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Piping is a trim or embellishment, made with a heavy string or cord that is covered with a stip of fabric. The cording or string used will determine the diameter of the piping.  Piping is made to be sewn into seams leaving the covered cord showing in the seam. Piping can be incorporated into binding to add a splash of color in an unexpected place or added to outline a block or border. Piping is easily made and can also be purchased in packages or by the yard.

Benefits of Piping

  • Piping can make beautiful decorative trim.
  • Piping can add a visually stunning pop of color.
  • Piping can be made with the same fabric used in the quilt it will be added to.
  • Piping can be made in a variety of sizes based on the cording or line used.
  • Layering the Piping will also add color and interest to your quilt.

Tools and Supplies for Piping

  • Sewing machine
  • Piping or Zipper foot
  • Fabric with matching thread
  • Cording or heavy string; try Fly Fishing Line or Mason Line
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Making Piping

PIPING is easy to make and when you make it, add in a few extra feet... just in case.  Sources for the cording or string include a variety of shops; Ricky Tims uses Fly Fishing line and another option is the hardware store for mason line.  Mason line comes in several colors that can be over stitched as well.

Piping Resources