How to Make a Pillow Cover With Piping?

Piping completes the look of cushions, pillows, and upholstered furniture. When choosing a pipe for your project, the possibilities can be daunting, ranging from simple matching piping to enormous, elaborate weaved piping.

The term “piping” originally referred to what is now known as “flat piping,” which is when a layer of fabric is added to a seam for further definition. The term “cording” is used to refer to pipe that had cord placed into it, resulting in the rolled trim seen above. However, the same rolled frame with the thread is now commonly referred to as “piping,” and the identical effect without the cording is referred to as “flat piping.” Adding piping around the border of a pillow is a great way to highlight one of the colors in your fabric design or give a fun pop of color.

Pre-made piping and piping cord are the two significant types of piping. The pipe that has been factory-made and is ready to be sewed onto your project is pre-made piping. On the other hand, the bare piping core is a piping cord, which must be covered with your fabric before being used. Pre-made piping saves time and effort, but it lacks the creative flexibility of building your own.

Piping for particular purposes:

Our specialized pipe is the first type of piping we offer, and the Lip cord is a term used to describe these trims. They’re multi-colored or solid-colored braided or twisted piping with elaborate designs. Classical Elements and Sunbrella® are two specialized piping brands we carry. For a high-style, textured lip cord, the Classical Elements brand uses beautiful mixes of different materials. These alternatives should only be used for indoor use and should be dry-cleaned.

crown on a piping pillow

Decorative piping comes in solid and multi-color designs that are color-matched to Upholstery fabrics, making it simple to create a unified look. These piping cords feature a polypropylene core and are covered in acrylic, so they have the same fantastic fabric attributes. This elegant piping is soft and flexible, making it simple to install around corners and suitable for use both indoors and out.

Piping made of vinyl:

Vinyl piping is the second type of pre-made piping that we offer. The vinyl pipe is the most weather-resistant of our piping options, making it ideal for marine applications. A 5/32″ weather-resistant foam core is wrapped in marine vinyl fabric to make vinyl pipework. It has a slit flange that makes it easier to bend corners. Pre-made vinyl piping is presently available in two of our most popular vinyl brands, and it matches those brands perfectly.

Related: How to Make a Round Pillow?

Cord for piping:

The other main piping option is to purchase a piping cable (or filler) and cover it with any fabric you want. The pipe is frequently covered in the same fabric as the main project, but the creative choices are limitless.

We have four different varieties of piping cord in various widths on hand. Three of our picks are constructed of synthetic materials (polyester, polypropylene, and foam) and may be used indoors and out. One is made of natural fiber (cotton) and is exclusively intended for indoor use. When deciding between the many piping options, search for the required combination of diameter and natural or synthetic fiber for your application.

Piping cord

You can never have too much bright or dull color in your house, and the cushions, with their modest accent-colored piping, add just enough. Makeover your pillows and transform them from drab to fab.

Cording is a simple method to give a decorative pillow a bit more. The cord is created from a different fabric than the pillow fabric. Alternatively, a pillow can be self-corded, meaning the cording is made of the same fabric as the pillow.

To make a pillow cover with piping, you’ll need the following materials:

  • The fabric should be cut to fit your pillow form.  If you’re making a zippered pillow cover, the back piece will also be 18 inches square, but the back piece will be two parts if you’re making an envelope pillow cover.
  • Cording of your choice in thickness and plenty to go around your cushion
  • Bias tape in the desired color for your piping. Your bias tape should be wide enough to wrap around your cording while maintaining a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  • Use a complementary color for the thread.
  • Pillow insert in your preferred size.
  • Zipper (optional)

Prepare your pillow parts as follows:

You are ready to get started once you’ve cut your cushion pieces to size and inserted an optional zipper. First, pin the piping to the outer border of one pillow cover piece, aligning the stitching on the piping with the seam allowance on the cushion. Leave a few inches unpinned where the piping begins. If one of the cushion pieces has a zipper, you’ll probably find it easier to sew the piping to the side opposite the zipper.

Create a nook:

Make a smooth yet tight corner by pinning the piping to the pillow cover. Cut slits in the piping’s seam allowance, careful not to cut through the stitching that holds the piping together. Make enough slits in the corner to make it flat and smooth. Because 90-degree corners are nearly hard to achieve with piping, this procedure will result in a slightly rounded corner.

Glue the Piping to the Walls:

Pin the pipe in place along the corner once the corner has been trimmed. It’s okay if the piping is a touch bunched; it’ll turn out to the seam’s outside soon enough.

Unpinning the extra piping:

You’ll have some piping left once you’ve gone all the way around the cushion and returned to the starting location. Those few extra inches should be left unpinned. This piping will overlap, so keep that in mind. On top of the first layer pillow of piping, the first edge will come up onto the fabric, and the second edge will deviate off the cloth. This overlap should be near the bottom of your pillow.

Attach the Piping to the Pillow with Sewing:

Use a regular zipper foot to sew the piping on top of the stitching that is already on the piping. Close to the rounded part as possible. Some machines have piping presser feet as an option, so check with your machine dealer to see if one is available. Begin stitching where the two piping ends meet. Sew the piping to the pillow while it is still hanging off the cloth. Maintain a smooth piping slope that smoothly glides across the fabric.

Stitch Around the Corner:

When you get to the corner, stitch slowly and carefully, ensuring you stay in line with the piping stitching. To get a smooth, slightly rounded corner, keep the pipe in place. Reduce the length of your stitches if possible; shorter stitches will result in more precise curves.

Make sure the ends are overlapping:

When you’ve finished stitching all the things around, overlay the unpinned additional piping on top of the first amount of piping. Where the two ends meet, you want to make a small “V.”

Finish by trimming the ends:

Snip the excess piping at the beginning and end to align with the fabric’s edge. Place the Second Fabric Layer on top of the first. Put another piece of fabric on the right sides together, on top of the first. Pin the outer edges in place around the pillow.

Pull the Zipper Open:

If your second layer of fabric has a zipper, unzip it a little so you can get into the pillow after sewing. Ensure the zipper’s two layers are securely pinned together so they don’t separate while stitching.

Sew the pieces together with a needle and thread:

Stitch the pillow parts together on the seam allowance using your zipper foot. It should keep you in line with the stitching on the piping and the edge of the cord in the piping. Sew over the overlap as if it were flat when you get to it.

Be particularly careful at the corners, just as you were while sewing the piping on. When you get to one, check sure the stitching is smooth and right up against the piping. If it helps, feel with your fingertips as you sew around the corner to keep the foot firmly on the piping.

Clean Up the Corners:

Trim the corners of the layers after they’ve been put together so they can be turned right side out quickly and without adding too much bulk.

Trim the Zipper:

If your top layer has a zipper, cut off the excess on both ends of the zipper tape. (If there are metal portions that need to be trimmed, don’t use your good scissors.)

Take It Outside:

Turn the soft and elegant pillow over to the right side. The completed piping overlap will be sleek and tidy.


It is such a simple, elegant, and easy way to dress up a plain cushion. Hundreds of distinct designs could be created by mixing and matching various textiles. For the piping, use a fabric with a complementary color.


What’s the best way to make a piped cushion cover?

Cut the fabric on the bias for the piping by folding your square of cloth in half diagonally direction and cutting along the fold to create two triangles. Mark 5cm in from the raw edge with dressmaker’s chalk and cut along this line. Continue cutting the short strips until you have enough to cover your entire cushion.

What is the optimal piping size for cushions?

To build the cushion, we’ll need a continuous length of piping that’s 5cm longer than the cushion pad’s circumference. For example, a 46cmx46cm cushion pad requires a piping length of 189cm. A 5cm wide strip of cloth and the size of the piping cord are needed (it may need joins).

What is the appearance of a piping foot?

A piping foot is adequately formed to follow the piping and sew it down in the exact spot. It is how piping appears. It’s a bit of cording that’s been wrapped in fabric and stitched in place.

What is lip cording, exactly?

Don’t squander money on decorative objects that have already been trimmed—upholstery lip cord trim lets you create your trim for a reduced price. The trim, also known as rope cording, can be stitched onto a range of home décor items, including curtains and toss pillows.

To stitch piping, what foot should I use?

The Zipper Foot is used to make and insert piping or cording and install zippers. The zipper Foot helps you stitch close to a raised edge, like a zipper’s teeth or the thickness of the cording. The Zipper Foot is a must-have piece of equipment for fashion and home decor sewing projects.

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