How To Make Cording

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I’ve updated this video, and wanted to share the new version with you.  Enjoy!

Cording, which can also be  called welt cord or piping, is an easy way to add a little extra pizazz to your sewing projects.  We have already covered different ways to embellish pillows with cording and window treatments with cording, so today I’m going to show you how to make cording.

Be sure to check out our popular How To Make Pillows page for over 25 pillow ideas, tips & techniques.


How To Make Cording

I’ve made a video to show you, step-by-step, how to make cording.  Making cording is not hard, and in the video I try to give you a few tips that have helped me over the years.  Of course, there are lots of ways to make cording, this is the method that works best for me.

In the video, I talk about making bias cording.  When at all possible, I try to make my cording on the bias because it is much more forgiving, and stretches around corners so nicely.  If you want to make yours on the straight of the fabric grain, that, of course, is fine too!

I have written out the steps underneath the video.

1)  Pick what size cording you are going to make.  I use 1/4″ probably 90% of the time.

2)  Wrap a scrap piece of lining or fabric around the cording, and pin.

3)  Mark at 1/2″ from the cord (this is the seam allowance).

4)   Cut the fabric on marked line.  Unfold fabric, and this is your fabric cut.

5)  Figure out how much cording is needed for your project.  In our example we were making 2 – 20″ x 20″ pillows.  20″ x the 4 sides of the pillow – 80″ + 10″ extra = 90″ x 2 pillows = 180″ of cording needed.

6)  Lay your fabric out on the table, fold over at a 45 degree angle with right sides together.

7)  Using a ruler or yardstick, mark what your fabric strip size was from Video #1.

8)  Pull top strip over and pin at 90 degree angle – right sides together.

9)  Pull second strip over and pin to third strip.

10)  Continue on with remaining strips.

11)  Sew strips together using about a 1/4″ seam allowance.

12)  Lay cording on top of the wrong side of the fabric strip, and wrap fabric around cording.

13)  Using a zipper foot sew fabric along side of the cording, holding fabric layers together to keep them from twisting.

Your cording is done!  Now you can have fun adding it your projects.  Next week I am going to show you how to make a pillow with cording.

So, what do you think?  Do you love cording as much as I do?

I’m joining these parties.

Savvy Southern Style

Between Naps On The Porch



  1. Lizzie says

    My grandmother told me years ago that cording wasn’t as hard as it looks– too bad we never sat down together for show and tell. I love your video visual description. Makes it really clear!

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