A throw pillow is a fast, fun, and fabulous project you can make with a sewing machine like the Juki HZL-DX5 in a few hours or less using smaller yardages of fabric, some pillow fill or a pillow form, and a few other notions and supplies.
One such notion that you’ll definitely want to include in your project is some piping to give it a pop of color or pattern.
You can easily make your own custom piping to fancy up your pillow or any other item in a few minutes with your Juki sewing machine.
What Supplies Will You Need?
Piping is a type of fabric trim made using only two things: bias tape or fabric scraps and some piping filler cord.
You can use either a pre-packaged tape or cut out fabric and stitch your own custom piping that is stabilized with the right filler cord for your project.
Learn more about choosing your filler cord in the next article, Speaking of Piping - What About Filler Cord?
To make the piping for your pillow, all you need is a length of your chosen filler cord that fits around the outer edge of your pillow and a similar length of matching fabric or bias tape that is wide enough to wrap completely around the cord yet leave plenty of excess for sewing; make it a few inches longer so you don’t accidentally run short.
You will also need a Zipper Foot for your sewing machine to securely stitch the piping.
Add Fun Piping To Pillows In Just A Few Steps
Are you ready? Let's start making some great piping, just follow these steps!
- Make Piping - About the easiest part of the whole process, just wrap your filler cord with the fabric or bias tape you’ve chosen, then stitch the fabric close to the cord with a zipper foot on your Juki HZL-DX5. This will yield a stitch close to the piping filler and a wide seam allowance that you will use to sew the piping onto your pillow with a few inches of unsewn excess tape at the ends.
- Sew Piping Onto 1st Pillow Side - After you have cut the two sides of your pillow pattern, lay the piping down around the edge of one side with the fabric right side up. Pin the raw edge of the piping to the raw edge of the pillow fabric all the way around, making notches to bend the piping around the corners. Once you’ve reached where you began, overlap the beginning to seal the piping with the two ends of the cord butted up against each other. With a zipper foot attached to your Juki sewing machine, stitch the piping where pinned with the zipper foot place up close to the bulge of the piping filler inside the fabric.
- Seam the Pillow - Lay the 2nd pillow fabric wrong side up on top of the first side with the piping and stitch the two layers together up close against the filler cord inside the piping as tightly as is possible. Your pattern will have you either make a flap-style opening to fill the pillow or leave a portion of the pillow seam open to fill.
- Turn Stitched Pillow Right Side Out - After you’ve stitched both layers of fabric together with the piping in-between, turn the pillow right side out and form a neat edge where the piping sticks out from the seam along the edge.
- Fill and Finish the Pillow - The last step is to slip the pillow stuffing or form into the pillow and stitch the end closed as directed and Voila! One cute throw pillow with accenting piping of your choosing.
A Final Look at Piping
Using this simple technique, you can make a lovely pillow with your sewing machine in the color scheme of your choice, accentuated with attractive contrasting piping.
Be sure to continue on with this 2-article series about piping and learn all about filler cord in Speaking of Piping – What About Filler Cord?