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

Picture of 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. 
mikeasaurus4 years ago
neat, I always wondered how this was done.
modhomeecteacher (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
I know. It makes things look so snazzy.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Beautiful, as always!
modhomeecteacher (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago