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Well, that title is a mouthful… let’s go with the simplified name, ok?

There, much better.

While I have been quoting an O-S-B (in this case, “Oh-So-Busy”) season to explain away my lack of HBH posting, the delay in posting the second installment of the Pillow Talk series (here’s a link to the first) was pure…


You see, I didn’t really know what I was doing when I sat down to sew piping onto the lovely Premier Print’s Barber Slub in Yellow/Taupe. But I knew I needed piping on this particular pillow because it had been pre-determined that the final landing spot for my sweet rectangular pillows were going to be the side chairs and I needed a visual contrast to contain all the pattern if that makes any sense…

Well, it turns out that by sharing my how to process, I’m definitely not reinventing the wheel. In fact Design*Sponge (Jesus, seriously, you can bless Design*Sponge over and over again!) has featured the basics of piping as part of their wonderful sewing 101 tutorial series.

So, if you want to learn how to make your own piping (I did not go that far) and read very clear instructions, click away. Trust me, you won’t hurt my feelings by hopping over there and learning from the straight-to-the-point professionals. If, however, you’re up for a laugh and like to see my handy schematics, keep scrolling.

It all starts with supplies…

Getting started with fabric, piping and a pillow form… plus a machine, thread and coffee (not pictured).

In between pictures, I then measured my fabric and cut around the birdies accordingly (refer to the O.S.B.B.L post for measurement tips).

First though, a quick anatomy of piping:

Thankfully, there are only two parts!

To start sewing you’ll need to affix your piping to your first piece of fabric. The trickiest thing I ran into while sewing and, now here story-telling, is that you have to remember that your piping will be shown when you flip your sewing project right side out. So…

…don’t get worried that your piping is on the inside.

But back to the sewing… pin your piping onto your fabric like this:

In real life, it looks like this:

Then, sew as close as you can to the piping. I (thankfully) had a zipper foot which was useful for sitting on top of the piping.

After you make your way around, the reverse side of your fabric (that will be on the inside) should look like something like this (preferably a bit prettier):

Believe it or not, the remaining steps are somewhat easy breezy. Just pin your second piece of fabric and use your stitch lines from your first piping-to-fabric stitch as a guideline, leaving a large enough gap at the side of the pillow to insert your pillow form:

From here, this pillow is just another O.S.B.B.L. project!

Now, here are a few more tips that I couldn’t work in earlier:

  • If you have trouble working around the corners with the piping, feel free to make a mini snip to release some of the tension:


  • Give yourself a generous overlap of fabric and trim during the first sewing step so you don’t even risk chancing a run in your fabric.
  • Since you’re hand sewing this pillow closed, I suggest positioning the beginning and end of the piping on the bottom of the pillow:

Well, that was easier than expected (which may mean it wasn’t very helpful – whoops!)… stay tuned (seriously this time), the next pillow to be discussed at length via Pillow Talk is one of my favorites:

HBH’s Take on Jones Design Company’s Ruffle Pillow

If you can’t wait for a few weeks (I don’t blame you!) you can check out the original right here.