In the Samuel & Sons ad above, all of the top-applied ball fringe trims have been hand-stitched to the pillow covers, and that is absolutely the way any high-end drapery workroom would apply trims with a decorative header. The rope cord trims, on the other hand, have a twill tape or knitted lip attached to the cord so that they can be sewn successfully by machine. I don't do a lot of this type of sewing anymore, but I made an exception recently in order to deliver a set of throw pillows to one of my favorite design clients before the holidays when my drapery workroom was backed up. I know a lot of home sewers have difficulty achieving professional results with decorative rope cord trim, so I thought I'd share a few tips and tricks of the trade.
|Kravet Frontier fabric, Habaneros Colorway|
|Ruffled Rouche lip cord from Robert Allen|
Now, 1/2" seam allowances are standard for home dec sewing, but the header on my rope cord was a lot narrower than 1/2". If I just lined up the cord lip with the edge of my pillow top, my seam allowance would be too small and my pillow cover would finish too large. I attached the seam guage to my zipper foot, set at 1/2" from the needle, and used that as a guide for my pillow fabric. Then I just smashed the rope cord trim up against the left side of my zipper foot as tightly as I could as I stitched the trim to the pillow front. Oh, and I did use a longer stitch length for this, to reduce puckering.
|Cord Ends Unraveled and Woven Together, Ready for Stitching|
|Stitching Across the Yarn Tails to Join the Cord Ends|
|After Securing the Joined Ends, Trim the Yarn Tails Even with the Seam Allowance|
A few more tips: After I sew the cording to the pillow top, I insert my invisible zipper and then I sew all the way around to secure the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together. Then I flip the pillow over and sew around the perimeter again from the opposite side -- this helps get even closer to the cord.
Unfortunately, I was rushing to get these pillows delivered to my client and I forgot to take pictures of the finished pillows once they were stuffed.