How to Make Double Welting for Upholstery {without double welting cord}

How to make double welt trim from

When I shared my French Provincial Chair Makeover recently, I had several people interested in seeing how I did it.  It seems there are a lot of upholstery projects waiting for their big makeovers out there! I am not a professional. In fact this was my first upholstery project of this magnitude, so if I can figure it out, you definitely can too!

Today I am sharing how I made the welting that finishes off the edges so nicely. Then I will soon follow up with the chair upholstery. There are too many photos to combine the two into one post.

There is such a thing as double welting cord. I found it online for around 55¢/yard. However I figured there had to be a way to make single cording work. Whenever I add piping to a project, like my dining room chairs, I always use good ole clothesline cording from the hardware department at Walmart.

I used two of these to complete two chairs and a King Size Headboard.


If it’s good enough for piping, it must be good enough for welting!

Let’s get started…

  • Cut your fabric into 2 1/2″: strips. Professionals encourage cutting on the bias (diagonal), but I did not. (Rebel, see I told you I wasn’t a professional.) I used the old welting as a guide to determine how much I would need.

How to make double welting for upholstery

  • Overlap two pieces end over end.


  • Cut on the diagonal.

How to make double welting for upholstery.

  • Position like so and sew right sides together. (Cutting on the diagonal prevents having a bump in the welting where the two pieces meet. For single piping, just sew end to end straight across.)

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Iron seams flat:

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!



Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Continue to connect your strips until you have one long piece.
  • Place the cording like so. If the end of your welting will be seen, this will help create a finished edge.

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Fold the fabric snuggly over the cording and sew along the edge. Notice I didn’t mention to run and get your zipper foot. I can’t find mine, so I just used my regular old sewing foot. (If you have one and can find it, feel free to use it.):

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Next, add your second piece of cording…

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Fold the fabric over that piece.

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Then flip it over, fold the top edge down, and sew down the center:

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!


Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

  • Trim the excess fabric on the back:

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

That’s all there is to it! Double welting without double welting cord:
Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

The end of the welting will be unfinished, but you should be able to tuck it behind the finished starting piece. Start and end it in an inconspicuous place.

I used hot glue to attach the welting.

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!

I used this method for my chairs:

French Provincial Chairs

French Provincial Chair Makeover

French Provincial Chairs

And for my headboard makeover:

Easy step-by-step for making double welting for upholstery!


Upholstered Headboard

Upholstered Headboard

Hope this was helpful. I’ll be back soon to share how I reupholstered the chairs. 🙂

BOOM! Here it is:

How to Upholster a French Provincial Chair

Upholstering French Provincial Chairs

And here is a much more recent chair upholstery project I did that required double welt trim:

See the AFTER of this chair HERE



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  1. ummmm can you please come over to my house and re-upholster all of my furniture for me??! 😉 Fabulous job. Looks super professional!

  2. Yeah the long awaited double welting cord tutorial! Really, that’s all there is to it? Well I think I just might be able to do this thang! Pinned it for an upcoming upholstery project waiting for after the holidays. Thanks Christy – much appreciated!
    P.S. Sad I wasn’t the winner of that gorgeous little trunk 🙁

  3. This is the way I always make mine but ALWAYS cut fabric on the bias, this allows the welting and piping to have a bit of stretch and it lays so much nicer…though yours looks like it lays nice even around the corners where the bias is key!

  4. Could you please tell me where you got your French script fabric that you used on the chair and headboard?

  5. What a great tutorial Christy. I will have to pin this for future reference. You could be a professional upholsterer you know. Was wanting to buy a sewing machine for Xmas and was wondering what you would recommend. I just want something basic. Doesn’t have to have anything fancy. Just a few different stitches and button holes. Thanks.


    • Thanks so much, Lucy! I have a Kenmore machine, but I’ve also owned a Singer. I liked them equally. There is so much you can do with just a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch, so I don’t think it’s necessary to get a machine with all the bells and whistles. My Kenmore is about 13 years old and is still going strong! Wish I could be more help, but I haven’t had to purchase a machine in a while. Good luck with your purchase! XOXO

  6. Hi I’m a new fan started following you about a couple weeks now. I love everything!!! Your finished projects look absolutely professional. I’m a newbie want to start by redoing a small stool. One question where do you find all the French print material? I love it and want to use that patten on my stool. Can you offer any suggestions on where to look. Thanks Anne

    • Hi Anne! I’m so happy to have you following along! I buy the French fabric at Hancock fabrics. It’s one of my favorites! Good luck with your stool.:)

  7. Laureen O' (@ViBarkley) says

    Love this! And BTW I also love your pretty scissors!

  8. You did a fantastic job on this! My father was an upholsterer, and he taught me that cutting the fabric on the bias is necessary if you want to ensure that it does not “coil” after it is sewn. It makes for easier application. Though I must say, yours does look fantastic. That fabric must be forgiving.
    Great job.

  9. I absolutely LOVE this chair!! Where did you get that burlap?? I would love to make one of these!! thanks Christy! You are GREAT!! I appreciate all that you share!


  10. Stunning chair! Merci for the great tutorial too and bonne continuation!

  11. It’s very glad u took the time to show how to do it….I think you need to do a bench using the sign..I really liked it.

  12. thank you so much for this easy to follow simple tutorial. I am reupholstering an antique chair and needed to make double welting and you were a perfect find. Blessings to you in your DIY ventures.

  13. Thanks for sharing! I’m working on my first (real) upholstery project in nearly 10 years. I’m trying to decide if I want to make welting or buy trim! I’m upholstering 2 chairs, so it’s over 14 yrs of trim (even with a coupon that adds up!$). I’m glad you didn’t cut your fabric on the bias, that adds a lot of cost too and it seems to have worked out fine. Your tutorial has tempted me to make it 🙂


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