For the past two days I have been working on reupholstering a seat for a french style side chair. The previous chair had some basic trim to cover the staples and frayed edges, but I thought using welting /cording /piping (whatever you want to call it) would give it a more professional appearance. I wanted to use double-welt cording though….and I’ve never had the pleasure of sewing double-welt cording until today. This is where I had to get fancy with what I had for multiple reasons, two of them being-I didn’t own a sewing machine attachment specifically for double-welt piping and I didn’t even know if I could find double-welt piping in stores.
Sewing Double-Welt Piping (The “amateur” way)
The first step is to cut your fabric into strips 2 or more inches wide. I usually cut my strips at 2 inches width, but this time I cut about 3 inches just to be safe. You will be cutting your strips on the bias, which means cutting it on a 45 degree diagonal/angle.
If you don’t have a triangle that’s okay just use a quilting guide and rotate it to 45 degrees. The cutting board labels degrees at various angles. I purchased this 45 degree triangle when I was in college for Interior Design.
Sew the diagonal ends together, staying as close to the edge as possible.
The finished bias strip (pictured below). Iron down the seams to make it easier to sew when applying piping.
Remove the presser foot if you haven’t already and replace with the zipper foot. If you don’t know what these sewing machine attachments look like I have a few pictures in this post. Fold your cord inside of the fabric strip so the sides meet and began sewing as pictured.
After you have your first layer of piping sewn, insert a second row of piping, fold the piping inside the strip and then flip it over. You may have to pin your fabric to keep it steady or you can go hard like me and wing it without pinning! To further validate my street cred, check out the pictures below. Replace the presser foot and began sewing slowly down the center of both cords. I must have a good needle because my needle didn’t even break like I was expecting it to.
The finished product will or should look something like this.
Using your sharpest scissors cut off the excess fabric, leaving as little as possible without damaging the seams.
I can’t say that I really enjoyed sewing double-welt piping but it is an upholsterer’s dream when you need to cover up the sight of staples and unfinished fabric a.k.a mistakes. In other words it makes the chair beautiful.
If you’re wondering why I keep mentioning this yet to be seen chair, you’ll have to stay tuned…until tomorrow! Now I’m off to the buffet with Milla! We deserve a nice meal or three. And yes I only had a bowl of cereal and some chips today. Food deprived and DIY go hand and hand.