Directions to Sew a Pillow With Piping Edges

  • 01 of 05

    Gather Your Materials

    A finished pillow with piping.
    Debbie Colgrove

    Gather all your materials to have them ready to start sewing:

    • One Package of pre-made piping. Wrights® Maxi Piping is available at most fabric or craft stores. You may want to make your own piping.
    • Thread to match your fabric
    • A sewing machine - With a new needle (80/11)
    • Scissors - sharp for fabric.
    • Marking chalk or pencil
    • Straight pins - Pins with plastic heads are easier to find when they land on the floor. Quilting pins are larger and easier to work with for a novice.
    • Rotary Cutting Tools (or a ruler or yard stick)
    • Fabric
      • 10" Pillow
        • 10" Pillow form
        • 1/3 yard of 45" wide fabric
          • Cut one 11" by 11" square
          • Cut two 11" by 8" rectangles
      • 12" Pillow
        • 12" Pillow form
        • 1/2 yard of 45" wide fabric
          • Cut one 13" by 13" square
          • Cut two 13" by 10" rectangles
      • 14" Pillow
        • 14" Pillow form
        • 1/2 yard of 45" wide fabric
          • Cut one 15" by 15" square
          • Cut two 15" by 12" rectangles
      • 16" Pillow
        • 16" Pillow form
        • 1/2 yard of 45" wide fabric
          • Cut one 17" by 17" square
          • Cut two 17" by 13" rectangles
      • 18" Pillow
        • 18" Pillow form
        • 1 yard of 45" wide fabric
          • Cut one 19" by 19" square
          • Cut two 19" by 14" rectangles
      • 20" Pillow
        • 20" Pillow form
        • 1 1/3 yard of 45" wide fabric
          • Cut one 21" by 21" square
          • Cut two 21" by 15" rectangles
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  • 02 of 05

    Hem the Back Panels

    Hem the back panels of a piping edged pillow.
    Debbie Colgrove

    The two back pieces are going to overlap each other. If you have chosen a fabric with a one-way design be sure to place them so that they are both going to be running the design in the same direction.

    Press the center edge of each back piece under 1/4", towards the wrong side of the fabric and then 1/4" again to enclose the raw edges.

    Stitch the hem down, keeping the stitches as close to the edge of the hem that is loose. Experiment with needle positions and lining up your sewing machine foot to obtain a straight stitch.

    Press well to set the stitches.

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  • 03 of 05

    Add Piping to the Front Panel

    A photo showing piping being sewn on a pillow front and corners clipped.
    Debbie Colgrove

    Before you assemble the pillow you will be attaching the piping to the front panel.

    Check that you have the correct seam allowance on the piping for the items seam allowance. Trim or compensate for the seam allowance if necessary.

    Using the zipper foot, place the coding on the seam allowance of the item and sew the piping to the item.

    Always sew the piping to one layer before joining the layers that will enclose the piping.

    Clip where necessary to turn corners.

    Choose your method of ending the piping.

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  • 04 of 05

    Assembling the Front to the Back

    Overlap the back panels and align the edges with the front panel edges.
    Debbie Colgrove

    Lay the back panels onto the front panel, right sides together, lining up your raw edges and corners. The two back panels will overlap each other. Line up all the edges and pin into place, being sure to keep the pins out of where you will be stitching.

    Working from the wrong side of the front panel, so that you can see the stitches that attached the piping, stitch the layers together. Finish your seam allowance with a serger or zig zag stitch.

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  • 05 of 05

    Turn Right Side Out and Fill

    The back of a finished piping edged pillow.
    Debbie Colgrove

    Turn right side out. Press.

    Stuff with your pillow or form.