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Video Slipcover Series Part 1 – Custom Piping


It’s finally here!!  At long last!  I know I have been dragging my feet on this one and I finally took the time to make the first segment in my promised video slipcover series.  (I told you I would get a lot done with my mom here!)

We’re going to start this journey where I always start when making a slipcover – sewing the custom piping.


Click HERE for a transcript of this video.
If you’d like more information on working with drop cloths, check out these posts…

Working with drop cloths

More on drop cloths

Since writing the posts above, I have stopped bleaching the drop cloths I work with.  I have found that I don’t mind the natural color and it saves a whole lot of bleach and wash cycles, but bleaching definitely does lighten them, if that’s the look you want.

Up next in the series…

I have two Parsons’ chairs and a wing chair I will be walking you through, so purchase your drop cloths and get ready!

The Lettered Cottage

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  1. Just watched your video – that’s exactly how I make my piping :) No cutting on the bias or making mitered seams for me! I CAN do it that way and I MIGHT do it that way if a customer wanted it. But it would cost more!
    One tip I have for you or anyone reading this – a piping foot works even better than a zipper foot! I don’t know if every machine offers one but I have been so thankful I asked for my piping foot for Christmas years ago. It’s just that much easier!
    Great tutorial!

  2. Ack! I’ve watched these tutorials before but now I’m about to start slipcovering our chair and the videos are gone! Help!

  3. Melisa says:

    First and formost…Thank You Bunches for these amazing vids!! But I do have a question…Should you cut off the piping that is already on the piece before putting another on? I know its a slipcover, but does it get too bulky there? I’ve started bleaching, I really like a lighter color, and will be working on my couch then love seat this week. Pray for me, lol! :o)

  4. Karen M says:

    Hey! I spent the last 24 hrs watching your video and taking notes.-which was a mazing. However went online for the Finish drop cloths, then to Lowes, home Depot and big lots- not to mention alot of google”ling. Yes Lowes pops up the ads for selling them-no avail online, not in store. Your thoughts?
    I did see Lowes carries another brand-again as prior post state-oatmeal color. Your tried and true method is what I want. If I had new reciepe-I follow it to the “T” the tweak it, Just don’t know know where to get your recommended drop cloths. Maybe a link here on your site? Help! Been to Lowes, home depot and big lots today to no avail. thank you!
    Karen M.

  5. Marion, I’m so happy that I came across your videos. I bought the drop cloths before I even knew that you used them. I’m planning on covering my two Parson’s chairs Wish me luck!

  6. Generally I don’t read post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very great article.

  7. Mary Deckert says:

    Hi Miss Mustard Seed:
    What kind of thread do you recommend for this project? Heavyweight or even upolstery thread?

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  9. Laura Doty says:

    Your slipcover tutorials are wonderful! You have given me the courage and motivation to try making one for a wing hair in my bedroom. Are you still using the Romanian hemp, or have you found something else that works well. What weight hemo do you use?
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