When I revealed my dining room table makeover, I promised I would share how to add piping to dining room chairs, so here it is!
Piping is a small detail that makes a huge impact. I sewed mine but you don’t have to. I am going to show you both ways, both super easy!
Before we can get to the piping, you need to cover your chair pads. There are a billion and one (probably more) tutorials on how to cover your chair pads so here’s just a quickie recap:
- Cut fabric to size leaving enough to overlap edge buy 1-2 inches. See photo 1.
- Staple gun top and bottom in center, stretching taut to hold fabric in place. See Photo 2. (*If you are using a print, especially something geometric, make sure your pattern is centered.)
- Staple from center to left across the top, stopping 2-3 inches from corner. Then staple from center to right across the top, stopping 2-3 inches from corner. Repeat across the bottom, pulling your fabric taut as you go.
- Repeat these steps on both sides of your chair pad.
- Pull corner down and staple in place. You may choose to trim excess fabric here. See photo 3.
- Pull fabric taut enough to smooth out corner wrinkles and staple in place. See photo 4. There is actually a litttle wrinkle in this photo here I could have smoothed out better had I pulled it a bit tighter oops. Repeat in all four corners.
Okay, enough about covering chair pads which you probably already know how to do! Let’s get to the piping! I’m going to show you both the sew and the no-sew method simultaneously since many of the instuctions are the same. Both are EASY!
How to Make Your Piping:
To make your piping you will need fabric, cotton cording, scissors or other cutting device (see below), and a sewing machine for sew method or hot glue for no-sew method.
- First you’ll need to cut your fabric into two inch strips, enough to cover the perimeter of each chair. I like to use a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and straight edge, to get nice straight cuts.
- Sew Method: Sew the strips right sides together, end to end, to make one long narrow chain of fabric.
- No-Sew Method: Add a narrow bead of hot glue across the end of one strip. Place another strip on top making sure right sides are together. Continue gluing end to end, until you have one long strip.
- You’ll need cotton cording for your fabric to wrap around. I actually used clothesline that I found in the hardware section at Walmart for less than $3.
- Fold one end over the top of your cotton cording.
- Fold your fabric widthwise over your cording.
- This is a clean way to start it off, but this won’t be seen as you will see.
- Sew Method: Start sewing a seam as close to the cotton cording as possible. You may want to switch to your zipper foot for this, however I did not. I know, I’m a rebel and I like to live on the edge.
As you can see, my foot is almost on top of the cording.
- Sew down the entire length of your fabric.
- No Sew Method: Center the cording on your fabric strip and run a bead of glue all along it, folding over as you go. Seal edge as close to the cording as possible.
You can see here, the glued piping looks just as good as the sewn piping:
Adding Piping to Chairs:
Now that you’ve got your piping made, it’s time to attach it to your chairs. For this you will need hot glue and scissors. (Hopefully you won’t need the burn spray!)
The back of my chairs hide the piping all together, however that is not always the case. If yours will be seen at the back, you will want to start attaching your piping to the corner where your cushion will be against the back of the chair.
- Using hot glue, run a bead along the edge of the bottom of your chair pad and attach piping. I told you this was easy! Just don’t burn your fingers! Also be sure the glue isn’t super close to the edge, you don’t want it to ooze out between your piping and the chair pad.
*You will have seams in your piping from where you joined your strips. Try to keep these on one of the sides. The back will be seen when the chairs are pushed in and the front will be seen when you pull your chairs out. Noone really pays attention to the sides.
- Continue all the way around.
- When you get all the way around, cut your piping to fit.
- Screw chair pad back in place.
- Stand back and stare in amazement at how fabulous your chairs look!
What? It’s uneven, doesn’t look straight, not happy with placement? No problem! Rip it right back off and redo! Seriously, I should know. You’ll have to tug a little, but it will come off.
Are you ready to give it a try? I hope so! Please let me know if you find this helpful. 🙂
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a message!
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