How To Sew Double Welt Cord Or Piping

I love the look of double welt to hide upholstery staples. It gives a great tailored look and really is a manageable project. Here are a few ways that you can make it happen.
First off we need to make a continuous bias strip. This is the long piece of fabric, cut on the diagonal, that you will wrap around your cording. 
This is the video from Erin Compton Designs. I use EVERY time, I love it. Plus the music is pretty catchy.

Cut out your square, for this chair I made a 24 inch X 24 inch square and had a little left over.

Cut it in half along the diagonal.

Put the bottom right triangle on the top.
Folded it over, pinned it along the seam.

I made a 1/4 inch seam.
Marked out 2 inch strips. 2 inches is the smallest you want to go with double welt. Any smaller and you won’t have enough fabric to wrap around your cord. 
Lined up my seams and sewed them together to make a tube.
Continued marking 2 inch sections and cut along the lines. Tada! Continuous bias strip.

To sew double welt there are a few methods. 
This is a great tutorial, I could not have improved on it, use it every time. it is great.

Just need to make some piping?

How To Sew Piping

Another method, if you can’t find double welt cord and don’t have a double welt footer is this one by

Centsational Girl- Simple Sew Double Welt Cord

Either way you end up with gorgeous double welt. Now go and hide those staples!

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  1. Shannon says:

    I will have to try this. Thanks for the tutorial. I have always been a little intimidated by double Welt. You make it look doable. Thanks!

  2. Seamingly Smitten says:

    Wow! Thanks for the tutorial and awesome links! I'm saving this for future projects. I'm always intimidated by reupholstering, but I love how you explain it!

  3. BluBabesCreate says:

    Good to know! Can I put you on my blog roll? I'd love to be on yours? Email me.

  4. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

    I bought one of these handy foots (feet?) for double welt after struggling trying to use a regular presser foot. NICE work!

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