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An easy way to add piping to chairs

Adding piping to dining chairs, or chairs with wooden frames, can be tricky and troublesome. But this technique is quick and easy and your chairs will look stunning with the addition of piping.


To make your piping you will need fabric, cotton or nylon cording, scissors and a sewing machine, as well as a hot glue gun.

Cut the fabric into 5cm-wide strips that are long enough to cover the perimeter of each chair.

To make a long strip, or long enough to fit around the chair, you will need to join the strips together with a sewing machine.

Sew the strips right sides together, end to end, to make one long narrow strip of fabric.

Place the cotton or nylon cord down the centre of the fabric strip. Fold over the starting edge for a neat finish.

Nylon washing line is perfect for cording - and inexpensive too!

With the cord inside the fabric, sew closed with the stitches as close as possible to the cord edge. Use a zipper foot on the machine if you have one.

If you don't have a sewing machine you can use fabric glue to close up the strips.

Here you can see that gluing the strips together works just as good as sewing. The strip on the left was sewn, and the one on the right glued.

The best place to start applying the piping is at a back corner, where it will be least visible.

Working slowly, apply a bead of hot glue to the underside of the seat pad and then quickly press down the piping so that only the corded edge is visible. When you get all the way around, cut your piping, and tuck under the edge.

How easy was that. I'm sure that many of you will now be wanting to reupholster your dining chairs with trendy fabrics.


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