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Upholstery Basics: Single and Double Welt Cording

Last Year, we had a series called Spotlight on Technique. This year we’re combining those topics – plus lots more – into a series called: Upholstery Basics. We hope that this series of informative posts combined with our instructional videos will prove even more popular!

Double Welt Cord, Available at Fabric Farms Interiors

Here’s a video showing you, step by step, how to create single welt cord. The process for creating double welt cord is similar but you use double welt cord and a wider piece of bias strip.

Making Your Own Single Welting/Cording

Using a 60″ metal ruler, cut a strip of fabric (usually on the bias for maximum flexibility) and fold it over the desired size of welting cord. Stitch in place and use like a lipped cord. Unless you’re very experienced (or brave!), in which case you can sew it directly into the open seam of the article you’re working on!

Double Welt Cord on Exposed Wood

Double Welting: Double Welting provides a coordinating or contrasting edge along the edges of primarily chairs and sofas.  It is attached with either hot glue or a special gimp stapler. You can use single welting to make double welting but it is easier to use special double welting cord.

Slip Seat cushion with a contrasting Single Welt

Piping (Also Single Welting): Piping usually refers to garment sewing whereas welting refers to home decor. Piping Cord is made of cotton or polyester, as opposed to tissue Welt Cord. Single Welting is the most versatile option and provides a coordinating or contrasting edge along the seams of slip covers, cushions, pillows, sofas, and more. If using welting on an outdoor cushion or a pillow cover that will be washed, use a plastic welt cord to avoid disintegration and ensuing heartbreak!

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