I love getting the chance to be a Minerva Maker and choosing fabric in exchange for a post on their Maker’s site. When I saw this fabulous blue and white print canvas, I’ll have to admit that I envisioned a pair of preppy summer shorts with them. However, it turns out the print was quite a bit bigger than I envisioned and I didn’t think it was going to work for shorts. It did turn out to be absolutely perfect for pillow to perk up a fairly plain bed in our new guest cottage.
1. Pull back the fabric from the piping and put some scotch tape all the way around each piece. Draw a line and snip across both pieces so that they are even. Don’t cut your fabric here!
2. Butt your piping ends together so that they form a nice smooth circle around the edge of your fabric.
3. Wrap more tape around both ends to hold them together.
4. Fold one end of your fabric under and wrap it around the other end of the fabric to create one nice smooth circle of piping.
Now, using a basting stitch and a walking foot, if you have one, stitch the circle onto the main piece just like we did with the piping. Once everything seems smooth, go back over it with a zipper foot, getting as close to the piping as possible. I find that using a basting stitch first, helps smooth everything out, just like easing in a sleeve.
For more pictures and lots of great fabric, check out my post on the Minerva Makers site.