How to Add Piping to Dining Room Chairs

How to add piping to dining room chairs for a more finished look! Sew and NO SEW options!

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:

How to cover chair pads

  • 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.

No sew piping for chair pads


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.

hot gluing chair pad piping

  • 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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  1. Thank you Christy! I love how generous you are with your knowledge and skills! Your blog has been a big help to me in reclaiming lost furniture treasures.

  2. This piping looks fabulous, Christy! The extra detail makes the chair look great. Your tutorial is easy to follow. Would love for you to share this at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop tonight at 8 pm (Central).

    Katie @

  3. you make it look so easy but I will give it a go -love dee x

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. Great tutorial! I know I can do this.

  5. Yay the tute! And yay, you’re back in my Bloglovin feed! 🙂


  6. Christy,
    Thank you so very much for this tutorial!!!
    I already knew how to make the piping,
    but was unsure how to attach it to the chair!!!Amazing!!!
    Visiting from Susan’s MM!!!

  7. I always love the way pieces look with piping, so much more expensive and custom looking and really so easy, loved the tut to help folks out…Phyllis

    • Yes, Phyllis, I agree! I see so many beautiful chair makeovers and I always feel like they are missing that one final detail that would make them perfect when they don’t have any piping. So easy to do, too! Thanks for visiting! XO

  8. I always wondered how to get the piping on the chair!!! Could I staple it in place also?? In the next couple of weeks I’ll be re-doing my dining room chairs also. The hardest part for me is getting the seats back on !!

    • You absolutely could staple it back. I’ve had to remove and reposition the piping on a couple of the chairs and found it easier to remove with the hot glue. Staples would be less messy though! 🙂

  9. Great tutorial and love the fabric you used would love it if you came by and shared at One More Time Events

  10. Great tutorial! I’ve been wondering how you do that!

  11. Of course, why didn’t I think of using a glue gun for piping!? It is a quick and easy idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Very helpful tutorial. Love all the photos. Looks like piping is a little extra work, but it gives a very professional look.

  13. Ok, it looks easy enough! Pinning it for future reference! Also, I am a new follower!

  14. Wow! Awesome tutorial! I didn’t realize it was so easy!! Must try next time I recover chairs! Love your blog too! Newest follower!
    Amber@ Dimples & Pig Tales

  15. Love, love, love this …thank you xo

  16. Amazing tutorial! Your chairs turned out fabulous… Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  17. I love your tutorial – so detailed! Your chairs are beautiful and the piping is such a lovely touch! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired!! Pinned to our group pinboard for some extra luv! Heather

  18. This is such a great tutorial. Thanks for including the no-sew option!!! SO helpful. I loved it so much it was one of my features this week on Give Me the Goods Monday! Thanks for sharing your talents! So glad to have found you through Give Me the Goods!!

  19. Christy, great tutorial! I have been covering chairs for 30 years and never thought to add piping! It really is the finishing touch!

    Have a very blessed day,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

    • Thanks! I agree that a lot of people just never think to add piping, but it’s so simple to do and really makes chair look finished. I’m so glad you stopped by today…I just came from checking out your thrift store highlights. They had some gorgeous thing there!! 🙂

  20. Hey, I just came over from Savvy Southern Style. I have been wondering how to do this…can’t wait to give it a try!

  21. You are seriously one talented lady Christy! I am inspired to try out some of the piping that I bought for making pillows… I have been terrified of it so far, but your skill is encouraging me to try!

  22. I’ve recovered chairs but piping scares me. :/ Not sure if I’m ready for that. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  23. Great tutorial !! I think without sewing is best for me 🙂 Great chairs and love the color !!

    Have a great weekend !!


  24. You have done a good job. The instructions are good. But I am not very good at sewing. So I don’t that I would try any of these

  25. Oh I am definitely inspired to add some piping to my dining chairs now Christy! I am all about that no sew method. 😉 Great tutorial too.


  26. Hey! Visiting from Throwback Thursday. I love piping. I’ve reupholstered a couch and had to sew the piping into the cushion covers. That was tricky too, but the impact is fantastic. Your chairs turned out so beautiful. I will definitely do this when I get around to re-covering my boring dining room chair covers! Great tutorial.

    • Hi Kathleen, I have yet to redo my sectional (it’s on my to-do list) and I know it’s going to be tough with all the piping. Maybe that’s why I keep putting off! Kudos to you! Dining room chairs, I can handle. Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment 🙂

  27. You my dear, Rock! This has ALWAYS been a,’scary’ thing for me! Not anymore! I feel liberated! Now, to actually get er’ done!


  28. Thanks Christy to share this awesome tips to add piping to dining room chairs…My husband yesterday asked me to search this kind of tutorial through net;. I found your site useful….wow! piping looks cool ….

  29. Awesome tutorial Christy – I pinned it for future reference. Thank you so much!

  30. Thanks so much for this tutorial, im getting ready to redo my dining chairs and your blog could not have come at a better time. It was very easy to follow.

  31. Vickie Meador says

    What a great teacher you are! I love your work <3

  32. Thanks so much for the piping tutoriol. I have two chairs Exactly like yours that I just painted and rcovered. Since I did not know how to do piping I left the original cover on and hand stiched around the original piping. If you ever want two more chairs to march yours let me know lol.

  33. YOOO!!!! THIS IS THE BEST FREAKIN TUTORIAL ON ADDING PIPING! I have read countless articles on how to do it but this, honey! Humph……the best hands down. I really appreciate you explaining how to do it using the hot glue gun and sewing machine. Thank you so much. There’s hope for this beginner 🙂

  34. Tina Matteson says

    What, it’s that easy!? I had no idea… Can’t wait to try it.

  35. joy crofoot says

    We have a very expensive lazboy couch and the piping came undone everywhere. its a huge huge mess. Can just the piping be redone on a couch- upholstery is fine. Thanks so so much!


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