Piping Made Easier for a Fun and Colorful Finish

Piping is a great way to add a bit more color and interest to a finished product.  In a quilt, it can also be used to accent borders and bindings, etc.  In the past, however, it was a challenge to make piping with a good, consistent true seam allowance.  Thanks to Susan Cleveland and her Piping Hot Binding booklet and Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool, that has changed.

The Piping Hot Binding Booklet from Susan Cleveland

The Piping Hot Binding Booklet from Susan Cleveland

Screen shot of Susan's You Tube Video

Screen shot of Susan’s You Tube Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her booklet,  Susan takes you step by step through the process of making your own bias binding. She has also made a You Tube video that describes the process in detail.

Use Susan's Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool to trim 1/4" or 1/2" seam allowance consistently

Use Susan’s Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool to trim 1/4″ or 1/2″ seam allowance consistently

 

Susan’s method is very straight forward and her Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool greatly simplifies the process of making your own custom piping by providing a means to easily create a consistent 1/4″ or 1/2″ seam allowance.

 

Using a stack of post-it notes for a seam guide is a simple, but very helpful aid

Using a stack of post-it notes for a seam guide is a simple, but very helpful aid

 

 

In addition, Susan provides several helpful tips and tricks to make it easier to manage your bias strips when you are covering the cording for your piping.

She provides multiple options for making piping with the different types of sewing machines and presser feet.  There are lots of ideas included for applying binding, mitering corners, adding optional sleeves and different variations for piping including double piping, prairie points, pieced piping, etc.

A consistent seam allowance on piping makes a big difference

A consistent seam allowance on piping adds a professional finish to my Home Is Where the Heart Is Table Runner (new pattern).

 

In no time at all, you will be able to successfully incorporate piping as an accent in your future sewing projects and I’m convinced you will be thrilled with the results!

To learn more about Susan’s piping tools, please visit her website or check for her tools at your local quilt store.  She has a number of other useful tools that I’m sure you find of interest as well.

Please feel free to share your finished project(s) as it is always exciting to learn something new and share with others.

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always exciting when you learn how to simplify a process.

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