Thursday, April 7

Sew a Pillow with Piping Tutorial


I know I have sewed a million pillows and never added piping.  I was afraid!  Not anymore.  I am pleased to say I completed my first pillow.  I thought I would do a complete tutorial for all the other DIYers afraid of attempting pillow piping.

You are going to need for a 20" pillow
20" pillow insert
1 yard of fabric
84" of welting
Matching thread
Sewing machine

First select your fabric.  I found this geometric trellis fabric at a local fabric store.  It is a heavy weight fabric and probably not something I suggest for your first time.  With all of the layers it was tough to sew the last piece on straight.  I wanted to make a set of two - 20" pillows for our sofa in the family room.  As I said in my previous pillow tutorial - I always make the pillow cover smaller than the insert so the pillow looks full.  I subtract and inch on each side to do this.  But then you need to allow for a half inch seam on each size so the fabric ends up being the same size as the insert - 20" by 20".  I also cut at the same time an 82" long by 1.5" fabric to cover the welting.  If you don't have enough length you will need to sew two or more pieces together.

The first step is to sew the fabric around the welting.  I decided to have the piping on my pillow match the pillow fabric but it would also be cute to have a coordinating but different fabric for the piping too.  Pin the fabric around the welting with the right side out. 



Then sew as close to the welt as possible with a zipper foot on the sewing machine all the way down the length of the fabric and welting. 


Then with one of the pieces of pillow fabric right side up you are going to pin the welting around the pillow with the welting on the inside.  Start at the middle of the bottom and work your way around the edge keeping your welting fabric edge and the pillow fabric edge even. 


At the corners you will need to cut a few snips out of the welting fabric to turn the corner smooth.  Then sew on the welting with the same zipper foot staying on the same stitching as before.  Start at the bottom and work your way around.  When you get to the bottom you will need to cross the ends over each other and sew to keep them from fraying. 



When you get done it should look like this.  Last step is to sew on the back.  Place the last piece of fabric wrong side up and pin it all the way around.  Sew the top piece on as close to the edge of the welting as possible.  Leave about 10" open at the bottom to stuff the pillow.  Insert the pillow and then hand stitch the bottom closed. 



The end result!  Isn't it pretty? It's not perfect but not too bad for the first try.  Now you can make professional and expensive looking pillows for a lot less.  It took me a few hours to do my first one.  But now that I know the process it will go much quicker the next time.



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51 comments:

  1. Trisha it's beautiful for your first piping try, the piping makes all the difference and looks professional. Can't wait to see more.

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  2. Beautiful!! I love the fabric, where did you get it?? Please tell :)
    the piping just makes it. I went ahead and bought a single piping foot and a double for my machine, it makes welting a "no brainer".

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  3. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I have made two pillows over the last few weeks and thought the piping would be difficult. You made it look doable for me. I will be looking for welting this weekend!

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  4. I bought some piping the other week but haven't been brave enough to try it yet! Thanks for the tutorial!! Yours turned out fabulous!

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  5. you made it seem easy! bookmarking for later ;)

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  6. This is fantastic and exactly what I needed. Gorgeous fabric, too!

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  7. ps . . what fabric is that and holy toledo on your pr for the marathon. Impressive!!!

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  8. I am in total agreement of the other comments... love it! and where did you get the fabric... and how much would you charge me to make two for me?!:) and I am only half kidding...

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  9. WOW! You make it look so easy. The pillow is beautiful.

    Dee

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  10. Great fabric!...Congrats on making the pillows..you will do a fantastic job on those "vintage chairs".

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  11. I bought welting about three weeks ago but haven't gotten up the nerve to try piping! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I know what I will be doing this weekend:) I love your blog!!!

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  12. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I will have to try this!
    I'm a new follower! :)

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  13. Great tutorial, I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks.

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  14. Oh my gosh, I love it! And your blog is darling. So glad I just found it (:

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  15. hiya , thanks for that easy step by step tutorial
    xmaggiex

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  16. Ooh, totally bookmarking this for when I get the nerve to try it out with my new sewing machine! Love the pattern of the fabric you chose.

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  17. That's so helpful--I have SO many pillow ideas I want to try but I've been intimidated to try piping! Thanks for the tips!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  18. great tutorial. You don't even WANT to know how I sewed on piping the first time before I decided to do some reasearch to find out how to do it the "right" way.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh wow, this is amazing for your first time! It seriously looks SO SO gorgeous...great job!

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  20. Hi girls thanks for the nice comments. Here is info on where you can get the fabric since so many people are asking. This is a link to the online store of the fabric store I got the pillow fabric from.

    http://www.fabricresource.com/store2/index.cgi?cart_id=1302526281.41284&back=&pid=4172&keywords=saloak&color=whtnat&product=&subbcat=Large_Patterns

    I actually used the wrong side of the fabric for my pillow. It is the Saloak fabric in natural.

    I haven't been able to find the fabric anywhere else because I am sure it is named something else. Let me know if you can find it. :)

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  21. Oh I love this! I found you from Tip Junkie, and this totally inspires me to actually attempt a sewing project! Normally me and my hubby are more of DIY house projects, but now I might dabble in this;)
    <3,
    Adri
    www.dreambookdesign.com

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  22. What a great piping tutorial!

    Would love to see you share it at my link party!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-all-crafters-2nd-edition.html

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  23. i was just talking about piping when i saw this. fantastic job!

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  24. Love the fabric. I am a new follower.

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  25. Following you, sewing is a skill I desperately need help with! I'm also curious about your DIY upholstery project. I just bought 2 chairs in need of reupholstering over the weekend and was planning to just pay to have it done. I understand it isn't for wimps like me!

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  26. Thanks for the tutorial. Great pictures.

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  27. I'm a new follower. I love the fabric!

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  28. Trisha, this was a great tutorial! I love the fabric you chose. :) Thanks so much for the visit today!

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  29. I love the pattern on the fabric! I might need to try this tutorial in the future!

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  30. these are so beautiful! the piping makes it look very finished and you make it look so easy! maybe even little ole me and my lack of sewing skills could give it a whirl.... :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-2-and-features.html

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  31. MAn, I really need to invest in a sewing machine, so many possibilities! Thanks for stopping by my blog, following yours now :)

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  32. I love this pillow!!! I am new at sewing and have been wanting to try a pillow. Thanks for posting this!!

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  33. Love this tutorial. I need to give this a try! I'm your newest follower! Love your blog :-) xoxo Bonnie

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  34. thats so pretty - glad I spotted you on DIY show off :D
    new follower

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  35. They look gorgeous--so professional! Great tutorial too--Thanks for linking up to my Share the Love link party. Stop back this week & link again!

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  36. Great tutorial...thanks for sharing!

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  37. What size piping did you use? Trying to order some online and have no idea without seeing it in person what size I would need. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  38. By far the best piping tutorial yet, thanks!!

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  39. I am using an embroidered silk that I found in a discount fabric store. Does the piping have to be made with the fabric on the diagonal? I am using a very large piping. I hope that's not a mistake for my first try. Thanks.

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  40. I love the pillows. The tutorial is great. I did have one question. What size did you cut the fabric for the sides of the pillow-I was a little confused about this part of the tutorial. Thanks for the information.

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  41. Just made my first one but used pre-made piping. It looks fabulous! A little hint using the zipper foot, move your needle all the way over to the piping. Makes a nice tight seam.

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  42. I do think if you have the fabric, to cut on diagonal makes good piping, lots of seams on diagonal seem ok. Beautiful job!!!

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  43. Thanks for the great tutorial, just what I needed.

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