Cording adds interest and gives a finished look for many home decor projects. Ready-made cording is expensive, and you can’t always find the perfect color for your project. Making your own is easy and more economical.
When making pillows, it’s fun to use coordinating fabric for a cording detail. The term is self-corded. People can get intimidated by certain details of sewing, and self-corded trims can seem complicated.
I think you’ll find that it’s not difficult. Here are the 3 steps.
Step 1. Cutting fabric. Cut diagonal strips of fabric (on the bias) the width of your cording plus seam allowance x 2. I cut my strips extra wide and trim off the excess after assembly.
Step 2. Preparing fabric strip. Lay strips perpendicular with right sides together. Stitch diagonally across as shown below. This does not have to be perfect, so don’t stress.
Trim the seam allowance 1/4″ from the diagonal seam.
Repeat until you have enough length for your project. Press seams open.
This is what the strip looks like with pieces sewn together, trimmed, and pressed.
Step 3. Stitch together cording. Starting at one end of your fabric strip, place the cording in the center. Wrap fabric around cording and line up the edges.
With zipper foot attachment, stitch seam alongside the cording that’s wrapped in the “sandwich”. Sometimes I zig-zag this step (using regular presser-foot), especially with fabrics that are prone to ravel excessively – like burlap.
Trim the cording edge to be the same seam allowance you’re using in your project.
Your new self-cord is ready to use. See? That wasn’t so complicated.
Now that you’re all confident and expert-like, head on over to sew a pillow with your self-cord at DIY Corded Pillows (tutorial).
And, most of all, have fun! 🙂
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