I used to buy expensive piping from my local fabric store, until the day I learned how to make my own piping. When I saw how easy making custom piping is, I never bought another yard! More recently I found a way to make piping for even less! I frequent my local thrift stores in search of items that can yield thin strips of fabric to make my own piping.
Here are a few things you can buy at a thrift store to make piping:
- Fabric Belts
Here are some tips for harvesting the material from your thrift store finds:
Old Shirts: Cut off the arms and remove the cuffs. Cut the front and back shirt panels out.
Similar to the shirts, cut off the legs and remove the cuffs.
Have leftover pant material? Pant legs can also make cute bucket liners!
Ties and Fabric Belts:
Ties and fabric belts can be split open. If the fabric is at least 5″ wide, it can be cut in half.
Cut scarves into 2.5″ strips.
Now let’s use that fabric to Make Beautiful Piping Out of Thrift Store Finds.
How to Sew Piping:
- Cotton rope
- Inexpensive cotton/poly blend white fabric
- White thread
- Sewing machine with a zipper foot
Cut fabric into 2.5″ strips.
To add more length, cut two pieces at a 45˚ angle at their ends.
Pin the two angled ends together as shown (at a 90˚ angle).
Stitch the two pieces together along the angled edge.
Open up the fabric and press the seam.
Lay your rope in the center of the fabric.
Line up the raw edges and pin next to the cord.
Using your sewing machine and zipper foot, stitch very close along the edge of the rope but not on top of it.
And this is your finished product!
Fabric with a print on it is super cute too!
Now, head on over to see my tutorial for sewing a bench cushion with piping:
And may you never pay full price for piping ever again!