I'm dieing to to share all kinds of cute sewing tutorials! But a lot of them require welt cord, so I thought this would be a good time to show how to cut bias strips and cover welt cord. I know some people can be intimidated and confused by bias strips, but they really are easy once you do it once or twice. If you're a quilter you probably already know how to cut bias strips for the binding around quilts. If you have no idea what welt cord is, here's a picture.
Cording is always covered with fabric cut on the bias(diagonally) of the fabric. Some upholsterers cut it on the straight grain, but it does not lay as nicely especially around curves.
I cut my bias strips at a 45 degree angle to the selvage. I have a clear ruler with a 45 degree line on it that makes this easy to figure out. I think I bought this ruler at JoAnns.
To make it faster and easier to handle our large piece of fabric, fold it into thirds as shown below keeping the bias edge lined up.
Method 1- Using the same clear ruler I draw lines parallel to my bias edge. For my 5/32 cotton welt I already know my bias strips need to be cut at 1 5/8" wide. If your cotton welt cord is a different size you might have to adjust your bias strip width slightly.
Method 2-With your fabric still folded into thirds, lay it on your cutting mat lining the bias edge up with the straight edge of your mat.
With the right side of the fabric up, lay one of your strips on your sewing area and another strip face down right above it like this.
Here's a time saving sewing tip to make sewing endless amounts of bias strips much faster....Your strip that is on top at this point is right side down, find the other end and turn it right side up and place it near your presser foot. Then take the next strip and lay it face down on top of it like you did with your first 2 strips.
As I mentioned, my industrial machine has cording feet that I can attach to the machine that make covering welt really easy. I know they can be ordered for most home sewing machines, so if you think you will be sewing a lot of projects that require welt cord, it might be worth it to invest in one of these cording feet.
Stitch next to the cord, without running over the cord with your needle. Actually you don't want to stitch too close to the cord because that stitching will show on your finished project. You just want it to be comfortably close. When you stitch your cording to your project seams, you can then stitch closer to the welt cord and none of your original stitching will show on the outside of your finished project.
When you get to a seam, finger press the seam open and continue.