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    Is anyone else familiar with making continuous piping using the cylinder method??

    I have mad a batch of piping using the method today in preperation of cushions and tie backs. I have never heard of anyone mentioning it here or elsewhere and I have never read it in any books. It is a method that was taught whilst I was training.

    It cuts down the time considerably.If I can I'll post instructions

    So, how do you make yours??

  • #2
    Re: Making continuous piping

    Heard of it but never tried it............I use my quilters square and long metal ruler to make mine......

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    • #3
      Re: Making continuous piping

      Yes I make my piping that way i.e. the cylinder tube type and it comes out like "fake" bias cut piping - ingenious way of doing piping and saves loads of fabric and time. There is a website somewhere that gives you the instructions on how to do this but I can't find the printed out notes I have - probably in the workshop if I find it I will post the details.


      • #4
        Re: Making continuous piping

        To calculate how much binding a square of fabric will produce:

        length = area of square divided by width of binding strip


        For a 20" square, area = 20" x 20" = 400" square inches
        binding strip width = 2"
        400" square inches area divided by 2" width = 200" binding

        To estimate how large the square must be to produce the binding length you need:

        1. Multiply the length of the strip needed by its width to find its area.

        2. Determine the square root of the area to estimate the square size needed.

        Strip needed is 2" wide by 250" long
        2" x 250" = 500" square area
        square root of 500 = 22.36
        Round up and cut a 23" fabric square

        The continuous binding method works best with larger pieces of fabric, because using small squares produces binding with many bulky seam allowances along its length.

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        • #5
          Re: Making continuous piping

          I knew I'd find instructions for this on here!

          Quick question- I'm using velvet (AGHHHHH) so want to minimise the seams.
          Is it ok,, instead of cutting a square in half then seaming it, is it ok to just cut out the resultant rhomboid shape? Means the cylinder only has one seam instead of two?
          I know it might be more wastful of fabric, assuming that rest of it is cut in square cushiony shapes