We love the red piping outlining the center square of this pillow. Piping is basically a thin piece of cord covered in fabric. It's often used along seam lines as an accent or highlight. You can buy piping pre-made in a variety of colors, or you can make your own. Either way, it's a great tool for adding professional punch to your sewing projects. Pow!
Of course you can buy piping. It comes in different colors and sizes. But it's still limited, and many times, you just want to stomp your feet like a two-year-old and shout, "Don't like it!" Wouldn't it be much nicer to have exactly what you want instead of "close enough." It takes a little practice, but making your own piping is really kind of fun.
Top-stitching a simple line of ribbon around a ready-made napkin adds a touch of elegance, and can personalize any napkin to the color scheme of your table decor. Once you've mastered this easy technique, you can apply it to any purchased linen. Try a tablecloth, placemat or even hand towel next time. Because there will be a next time.
If you think Jacquard, Soutache and Gimp sound like the crew of a pirate ship, you're not alone. Just about everybody who's new to home decor finds the names of sewing trims a little odd at first. But once you get familiar with them you'll want to use them to make your finished projects look terrific.