During upholstery classes, one request that I hear over and over again is to show students how to make and attach welt cord (piping) to a pillow seam or into cushion seams. A little added bonus is that I used a wool jacket from Goodwill as the fabric for this chartreuse cording. When you have a very specific color in mind, often it’s easier to find wool skirts or jackets in unusual shades rather than fabric on the bolt.

Here's what you need to get started:
  • fabric
  • quilting ruler
  • rotary cutter
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • cording foot or zipper foot
  • cord (5/32)

Step 1: Cut Bias Strips

Cut the lining out of the jacket and open it up to the largest cutting surface. Use quilting ruler and rotary cutter to cut 1 3/4″ strips on the bias. 
neat, I always wondered how this was done.
I know. It makes things look so snazzy.
Beautiful, as always!

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