Friday, September 21, 2012

Making covered cording


I’ll preface this post by saying, I’m not an expert at

covered cording……

I come from the perspective of a self-taught sewer.

First you’ll need enough cording to go around your project….

I’m making covered cording to go around my Cleopatra

rug that I’ll then turn into a pillow.

First off, make sure you tape the ends of your cording,

so it won’t fray and come unwound.


Next, cut enough strips of wool to cover the

length of your cording… cording is thin, about

1/4 inch, I’ve cut my wool in 2.5 inch width strips.


Next, you’ll have to join these wool strips together,

to make one long continuous strip.  To do this,

place them at right angles, then place your finger at

an angle and then fold it back as if you had sewn

a line across it…..

Here, I’ll show you what I mean.


If I sew at the angle where my finger is,

and then turn it back… will look like this…


If I were to sew the line the other direction….


and then fold it back…..


Yeah, obviously, that is wrong….

make sense?


Go ahead and sew…..


Can you see the line that I’ve sewn above?


Now instead of 3 strips, I have one continuous strip.


This is what the front side looks like (above)


Here it is from the back side….see the dog ears?

We just need to trim those down….


So that now the back side looks like this…


Now that you have your continuous strip of wool,

now you can add in the cording…..



Since I’m making cording for a pillow, I don’t need a lot of

extra wool to cover up the raw edge of my rug….If I were

making this to cover a rug, I would have made my wool strips

probably 3-4 inches wide.


Here you can see the back side of the cording…..

I sewed it with a zipper foot, so I could get up close

to the cording…..I did leave some of the cording unsewn.

This way, I can fuse the beginning and ending of the cording

together when they meet.


This shows the cording from the finished side…..

Now I’m off to find a more sturdy upholstery or button and

craft thread to sew it around my rug.

I’ll share that part with you soon!

Please feel free to ask questions for clarification if you need it.


  1. Tammy ~
    I've never done cording so I do appreciate these instructions. Your explanation is very clear so far. Thank you!
    Hugs :)

  2. Thank you for this, I've wondered about cording when it was mentioned in previous posts. You have explained it very well. Is the fabric cording made as well, or bought? Thanks again for sharing!