How to Do Piping for Chair Upholstery

Written by angela robinson
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When completing a do-it-yourself upholstery project, the finishing touches usually prove to be the most crucial. Finishing a chair with piping will make it look as if it has been done by a professional.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cording
  • Upholstery material
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot
  • Straight pins

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  1. 1

    Purchase cording from the fabric store. Cording can be purchased on a spool or in measured amounts.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of upholstery fabric. The piece should be 3 to 4 inches wide and a few inches longer than the pre-determined length of cording.

  3. 3

    Position the cording in the centre of the fabric strip and fold the fabric over. Secure the piping with straight pins.

  4. 4

    Use a sewing machine to sew a seam next to the cord. The zipper foot should be used.

  5. 5

    Staple the raw edge of piping on to the underside of the upholstered seat of the chair.

  6. 6

    Fold one end of the cording into the other and staple to hold it secure.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are working with striped fabric, align the stripes on the piping to the pattern on the seat.

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