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Posted on: 8/20/08 9:21 PM
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This is my own self-discovered tip.

One of the hardest parts of making your own piping is trimming the seam allowance to an exact width.

If you own two rotary cutting mats butt them up against each other. Now spread them apart slightly and push your piping in between the two mats so the cord is sitting in the groove. Place a quilting ruler over the top of the piping and cut to an exact width with a rotary cutter.

In the photo above, to cut 1cm wide allowances I lined up the 1cm mark on my quilting ruler with the stitching on my piping.

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lorjoh1 said... (9/9/08 9:24 PM) Reply
I am very new but really liked this tip thanks
ryansmumAria said... (8/21/08 10:14 AM) Reply
WOW! What a brilliant mind. I absolutely love it. Thanks. You need some type of award for this one...
snapdragonfly said... (8/21/08 6:30 AM) Reply
IS there a tips award scheme? I would like to nominate this tip right now! Perfect.
lilyofthevalley said... (8/21/08 0:21 AM) Reply
Thank you, Belinda, I'll be using this most excellent tip. -Lily
Mittskitt said... (8/20/08 10:43 PM) Reply
Super brilliant!!!
tweedcurtain said... (8/20/08 9:35 PM) Reply
Brilliant!
 
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