Piping a cushion cover
For covering the piping filler cord, measure the amount of piping you think you will need and add about 10cm (4in) to allow for joins. The strips should be about 5cm (2in) wide so that when folded in half lengthways around the cord, the resulting fabric width is 2.5cm (lin).
Find the bias of the fabric by folding diagonally so that the selvedge is parallel with the adjacent edge. Mark strips of the required width parallel to the diagonal fold and cut out the strips. To make one long strip, pin the strips together, end to end with right sides facing, and stitch along the straight grain. Press seams open and trim the seam allowances flush with the strip edge.
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Lay the cord along the centre on the wrong side of the strip, then fold the fabric around it so that the raw edges are brought together. Stitch by machine, close to the cord, using a special piping foot or a zipper foot. Trim the seam to 1.5cm (Min).
Cut out a front and a back cushion cover piece. Align the raw edges and pin and tack the piping to the right side of the cover front. Snip the piping seam allowance at the corners, leaving a 5cm (2in) overlap where the piping ends meet. Stitch around the cushion. To join the piping ends, pull back the fabric cover and trim both ends of piping filler cord so that they butt together. Trim the fabric so that one end turns under and overlaps the other to give a neat finished edge. Complete the stitching of the seam.
Leaving an opening for the zip and with right sides together, stitch the back of the cover to the front along the opening edge so that the piping is sandwiched between the layers. Press the seam open. Stitch the zip in place one side at a time. Complete the cover as for a cushion cover with a zip in the seam ( 312—313).