How to make -
A Piped Cushion
zipped in a plain or patterned fabric
  • - Fabric
  • - Thread
  • - Zip (std NOT concealed)
  • - Cushion Pad
  • - Piping Cord
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Zip Foot
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • - Cushion Template
  • Step 5: Make the Piping


    Join the strips of piping fabric to make the required continuous length. To join strips:

    • Lay Strip A right side up.
    • Lay the bottom of strip B right side down across the top of strip A at an angle of 90 degrees.
    • Machine stitch along the dashed line in fig 1.
    • Fold Strip B up to align with Strip A (fig 2).
    • Press open the seam.
    • Trim away the excess either side of the join.


    • Lay the continuous length of fabric right side down
    • Lay the piping cord on top in the centre of the fabric.
    • Fold the fabric edges up around the cord to enclose it.
    • Allow excess cord at each end and knot one end so the cord doesn't slip out when working with the piping.
    • Machine stitch the sides together using a zip foot (not to tight) to hold the cord enclosed in the fabric.
    This video shows you
    • How to join piping strips.
    • How to trim down the joins.
    • Why we don't use a piping foot.
    • Where to sew your stitch line when enclosing the cord.

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