How to join the ends of piping

Piping adds such a beautiful touch to your projects. Making your own custom piping is really snazzy! We have a tutorial for making the piping here. This tutorial will show you how to join the ends for a nearly seamless finish. 

(This is example is part of a bolster pillow. That project can be found here.)


(Click fabrics for direct links for purchase at Warehouse Fabrics Inc.)

Savannah Bluestone - for piping

City Squares Alabaster - for main fabric

Cotton Piping

The pattern

We also have a tutorial for making the piping.

The process

Pin your piping along the edge of your project. It may be a curved line or a straight line. Piping fabric cut on the bias will hug the curves of your project. If it’s a straight line, you could cut your fabric along the grainline and be fine. 

Leave a few inches of overlap.

Start sewing a few inches from the end of your piping. In other words, leave a little bit free for now.
Stop sewing a few inches from where the piping overlaps.
Remove the stitches from the first couple of inches of the beginning of the piping.
Open it up and lay the end of your piping next to the beginning to check the overlap. Mark where the end of the piping meets the beginning of the piping. See the next picture.
Cut off the bit at the beginning so that the piping end and beginning will butt together exactly. Don’t cut the fabric, just the piping.
You now have a bit of extra fabric. Fold over the end so that it’s not a raw edge.
Now the pieces of piping meet up perfectly. Keep that end of the fabric folded as you insert the end of the piping into the beginning.
…Just like this. Now continue sewing along this area.
This is what you get. Once your item is finished, you’ll barely even be able to spot this seam!