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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 20 2017 04:44PM


Bias binding is made in the same way as piping up to the point where you insert the piping cord and it generally sits outside the fabric as a finishing edge or trim, although it can be used in the same way as piping for decoration but is left flat with just the edge peeping out from a seam. Like piping, bias binding can also be purchased ready-made and comes in various widths and a riot of colours and designs

The Alice Bag
The Alice Bag

Binding can also be hand finished and if you enjoy hand sewing this is an ideal opportunity use thread that matches your binding and keep your stitches small using the machined seam underneath as a guide. You can bind around corners and curves because the binding is cut on the bias it gives it the flexibility to be sewn around virtually any shape giving a nice clean edge.

Tools and Supplies

Fabric Quilting Ruler Rotary Cutter Binding Tool Iron Machine

If you are making your own binding once you have cut your strips of fabric and joined them together it is not necessary to iron the edges in but it does make it easier when sewing. You can buy a little gadget to help you with this - they come in various sizes to suit the width of the binding you are making.

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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 10 2017 06:12PM


Piping is a very effective way of accentuating seam lines and strengthening them giving projects more shape. If you look around you, you may notice that piping is used a lot in soft furnishings most notably on upholstered sofas, chairs and cushions. It is the rounded raised edge where two seams meet.

Piping is basically a cord covered in fabric that is trapped in the seam so that just the rounded cord portion shows, this can be done in matching fabric or in a contrast. You can buy piping by the metre ready made. It comes in a variety of weights from fine to heavy, many colours and various finishes. This may seem extravagant but as you will read later can sometimes be cost effective.

It is really simple to make your own piping and can be a useful way of using up left over fabric. You will need several strips of fabric cut on the bias of the fabric the bias of the fabric is the diagonal across the warp and weft of the fabric and some piping cord.

There are different sizes of piping cord. We generally use 3mm piping cord, this refers to the diameter of the cord it can be purchased by the metre.

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