Welt cord is one of the most popular trims used on slipcovers. It gives definition to seams and adds a tailored finish.
Trimming your slipcover with welt cord is a personal choice. It’s more decorative than functional even though it does a pretty good job at adding strength to seams.
You can make the bias fabric strips for your cord with self-fabric (the same as your slipcover) or contrast. For the cord itself I recommend a medium firm poly tissue core wrapped in a braided cover, size 5/32. Get resources here.
There is more than one method to make welt cord. I’ve tried them all! But at the end of the day here’s the one that works best for me. Continue reading
I often trim my slipcovers with welt cord (piping). It adds a subtle design detail and professional finish. When the cord is covered in the same fabric as the slipcover it blends right in.
Welt cord also adds a lot of function to a slipcover. It gives structure to the furniture body, cushions and arms. It defines a skirt line or hem edge. And, it adds strength to seams.
The right type of welt cord will hold its shape and look smooth and straight throughout the life of a washable slipcover. I always use washable, flexible, non-shrinking cord. It has a poly tissue core that’s wrapped with a braided cover.
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Choosing the color and fabric for your welt cord is a personal choice. Go with self-fabric for a classic look or get creative with a contrast color, texture and/or pattern.
I like using the same or similar weight fabric as my slipcover fabric for making the welt cord bias strips. For the cord, I get good results with this washable, size 5/32 quality. This cord has a poly tissue-like core and wrapped with a braided cover. Find it at The Zipper Lady.