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Jodi1978
« on: June 07, 2005 11:16:40 AM »

I want to make the ballet shoes, but I have no piping.  Does anyone know how to make it???
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2005 06:40:09 PM »

it's basically bias tape sewn over a cord, you sew right sides out so that the seam is sticking out still.  then you can tuck that seam in with your final seam.  does that make sense?  it's really easy, you might want to use a zipper foot if you have one, so you can get closer to the cord.  Do err on the side of giving the cord too much room because you'll want to sew the final seam closer. 
So for example, cut a piece of fabric on the bias about 1 inch (2.5cm) bigger than the ammount it takes to go around your cord (for those flats, probably an inch and a half total).  Then fold the bias tape and sew a seam up it to make a casing for that cord.  Thread your cord into the casing (you may need to use a yarn needle attached to a small thread which is sewn to the cord, pull the needle through).  ta-da, ready to use!  you can use anything for cord that you think will fit the washing requirements of your project:  hemp yarn, cotton cording...
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Jodi1978
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2005 10:21:39 PM »

Thanks so much.  This is what I thought,  Havent really sewed any clothing or shoes for that matter in a long time.  Mostly I sew strips together for rag rugs or my simple quilts. Thanks a bunch again!! Cheesy
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PurpleHeather
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2005 04:30:20 AM »

The wonderful Lekkner has a piping tutorial with pictures at http://www.lekkner.com/diypiping.html
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