I think piping is one of the sweetest, most professional details you can add to children’s clothing. It makes a some-what ordinary piece of clothing into something extraordinary. There are many different colors and sizes of piping that you can purchase pre-made in the notions section of your local sewing store, but did you know that you can make your own?
Making your own piping is really fun, very easy, and super affordable. I love tying a garment together with piping in a coordinated, printed fabric. Last week in my vintage/retro “Project Run and Play” outfit, I added custom piping into the peter-pan collar and I thought I would share the how-to with you today.
Here is what your piping looks like after you have basted it together. Normally I would use a coordinating thread, but I wanted you to be able to see the stitching. After this step, I like to cut the raw edge of the bias cut fabric down to the seam allowance that I am using in my design (whether it be 5/8″, 1/2″, or 1/4″).
If you are making lots of piping to save for future projects, I would recommend going with a wider cut bias strip and then cutting down the raw edge based on the seam allowance for each individual project.