Skills and Techniques

Faux Pipping Technique

fullsizeoutput_e17  Figure 1

Have you ever had the thought of adding a fine line to your quilt for framing or to give a pop of color or for a “piped” binding?   Sometimes is tricky to do.  I just learned this trick in my Fiber Interest Group.  I practiced a couple of times and it seems to turn out every time, and wanted to share this technique with you!

In my sample, I used a solid strip at 3/4″ wide by 8″ long.  The print fabric is cut into 2-1/2″ by 6″ strips.  We are going to add the solid in the middle of the two print pieces, and will only show about 1/16″ – 1/8″ wide strip.

  1.  Start with one print piece face up and the solid piece face down.  Right sides facing each other and the sewing edges of both flush and pinned.fullsizeoutput_e19Figure 2
  2. Use 1/4″ seam allowance to sew both pieces together.
  3. Press seem towards the solid fabric. (figure 2)
  4. Place other printed piece right sides together lining up the unsewn solid piece side (figure 3)
  5. fullsizeoutput_e18Figure 3

5.  Flip over, align both edges together.

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6.  Using the previous stitch line and your presser foot guides, sew to the right of the first stitch line and the desired end width.    EXAMPLE:  In Figure 4, I know that the first job on my presser foot is 1/8″ away from the needle.  I will stitch a second line to the right of the first to achieve a 1/8″ piping.

7.  Press seam allowance to the second printed fabric on the wrong side.( figure 5)

IMG_3708Figure 5

8.  Flip to the right side and you have a 1/8″ strip in the middle of your piece!! (figure 6)

fullsizeoutput_e1cFigure 6

Hope you will try this. Please post a photo of your sample or how you used this technique! I would love to see it!

 

 

 

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