The piping tape is wonderfully suitable for embellishments and decorations for your self-sewn treasures. It is easy to work with, versatile and offers great results. You can use it for pocket openings, on necklines, hems, between a dividing seam, or as a border for your pillow cases. In any case, you will get an absolute eye-catcher!
With us you get a large selection of piping tapes in wide, narrow, plain, checkered, dotted and even as triple piping tape.
Take a look at our little piping paradise!
What you need:
Fabric or sewing project
or piping tape sewing project
Here we show you different ways in which a piping tape can be processed.
As a conclusion or edge e.g. for a hem, slightly rounded In a dividing seam, between two cut parts e.g. around a corner and between 2 pieces of fabric, e.g. with a pillowcase or a pin cushion
And what actually happens when the beginning and the end meet again?
You can overlap your piping tape or you can plug it into each other and sew together, this is particularly nice with wide piping tape. We’ll show you how to do this at the end.
The piping tape is nice and flexible. So it adapts very nicely to the shape you want to sew it to.
In variant 1, we are sewing a triple piping tape to a curve that has been overcast with the overlock machine. If you don’t have an overlock machine, you can sew hems with a large zigzag stitch. This rounding could e.g. be a skirt hem.
The triple piping tape consists of three individual piping tapes that have been sewn together. This means that it cannot simply be sewn in everywhere. – But with a hem it looks very good. You can even use it as a small hem extension here.
So lay the piping tape with the piping side on the right side of the fabric. It is sewn along the seam of the piping tape that is closest to the hem. In the picture we have marked it with a dashed line.
Tip: Always make sure that your piping tape determines the width of the seam allowances when you place it on the cut edge. In this case our overlock seam is wider than the seam allowance of our piping tape. Therefore we put the piping tape about 2-3 mm higher.
The narrow piping tape as well as the triple piping tape can be sewn on with a normal presser foot. Your seam runs along the piping tape seam.
Once you have sewn your seam, your piping tape is already finished! Was it by itself?
Your piping tape looks like this from the wrong side of the fabric!
If you want, you can topstitch your piping tape again from the right side of the fabric. You can see what it looks like here in the picture!
Now we will show you how you can sew a wide piping tape into a dividing seam, i.e. between two pieces of fabric. In our example, the piping tape is at the waist.
Please note that this is an example. If you want to sew your piping tape into an item of clothing, cut it longer so that the ends can be overcast and it fits around the entire waist.
You put your piping tape on the right side of your fabric as shown in the picture.
As with the triple piping tape, sewing is carried out along the piping tape seam.
Danger! For the wide piping tape, you need a zipper presser foot, as you will not get close enough to the piping tape seam with a normal presser foot. This is where things get a little tricky. If you’ve never sewn in a wide band of piping, take some scraps of fabric to practice on.
It is also very practical here if the needle position of your sewing machine can be adjusted!
Now put your other piece of fabric right sides together on your already sewn piping tape. Here you can check again whether your piping tape is sewn on nicely. The piping tape seam should not be visible on the right side of the fabric.
Now put your fabrics under the machine so that you can see your already sewn seam above. Now sew again over your already sewn seam.
Sewed a seam? Your eye-catcher is ready!
We now know how the piping tape comes to a rounded or a straight seam. But how do you sew it around a corner, such as with a pillow case? We’ll show you this using the example of a pin cushion.
We have prepared 2 squares of fabric for this. Since we will fill the pincushion with polyfill later, the back is sewn together from 2 strips of fabric, we left a turning opening in the middle.
Start in half of your fabric and pin your piping tape in place with a needle. It is easier here if you guide your piping tape under the machine by hand, so only pin the beginning with a needle.
And again we sew the piping tape along the piping tape seam.
To sew around corners, we need small incisions in the piping tape. Stop your seam and leave the needle in the fabric. Lift your presser foot and pull your fabric a little at an angle. Now you cut a small cut in the piping tape about 1-1.5 cm from the corner. This cut must not sever the piping tape seam!
Make a total of about 3 small cuts in your ribbon (the distance is about 1 cm).
The incisions make your piping tape even more flexible and lie wonderfully around the corner of your fabric. Hold your band tight and carefully sew the curve in place.
Let the ends of your piping tape overlap.
This is what your seam looks like once you have sewn all around.
Now put your other piece of fabric right sides together.
Your already sewn seam serves as an orientation for your seam.
Now turn it over and your piping tape is ready.
Once you have filled your pincushion, your overlapped piping tape looks like this in the seam!
If the beginning and end of your piping tape meet, there are 2 ways to process this.
As in the case of the pincushion, we simply put the beginning and end on top of each other and sew the seam straight through. This quick and easy method is particularly suitable for narrow piping tape.
With wide piping tape, the simple overlap is not particularly nice. Here it makes sense to put the beginning and the end together. To do this, leave the beginning and end of your piping tape about 2-3 cm loose. Cut about 2 cm of the piping tape seam of your end piece (so that the cord that is in the piping tape is exposed).
The cord is of course a little too long. So cut them off so that the beginning and end don’t cross. Here it is very important that you do not damage the strip of fabric that surrounds the cord, as you will still need it!
This strip of fabric is folded inwards approx. 0.5 cm. – This way it gives a clean edge.
Now you can put the loose fabric around the beginning and fix it with a pin. The open piece only needs to be closed with the sewing machine.
Your piping tape is neat and tidy.
Little effort, but great effect! Piping tapes are mainly used to decorate unique pieces that you have sewn yourself. Whether on cutouts, between a dividing seam or as the edge of pillow cases.