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In this series conclusion, Peg attaches the cushion bottom to the boxing, demonstrating techniques from the previous installment, covers the cushion, and and reinforces the skills acquired in this project.

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Comment by Peg Baker on June 23, 2010 at 2:24pm
Dear Sherri,

I'm so glad you found the Little Striped Cushion series helpful. It is designed to be one of the pre-requisite to the slipcover series that is still in the making.

My choice of cording (also called welt cord) is 5/32" medium weight (not too stiff, not too soft) with a polypropylene filler. I prefer this to cotton welt cord since it doesn't have to be pre-shrunk for washable slipcovers. Similar cording can be purchased at retail stores like JoAnn Fabrics in different sizes. I believe 1/4" or 5/32" is the most common size for cushion and slipcover construction.

Please let me know how your cushion project is coming along!

Sincerely, Peg
Comment by Sherri on June 23, 2010 at 10:01am
This is a wonderful how to video segment. I have always wondered how to do this and Peg, you answered all my questions so wonderfully in each segment of this how to. Thank you so much for teaching me something I have wanted to try for a very long time. I do have one question., When you place the cord in to the fabric to create the piping. What sort of cord is this? Can I use any sort of cord or is there a special kind of cord I need to purchase.
Thanks again,
Comment by Juanita on June 21, 2010 at 9:35am
Thanks...I thought so...but, just as you did, I watched the video a couple times to be sure I didn't miss something.. and just wanted to know if you had come magic sewing secrets I needed 8>)

Comment by Peg Baker on June 21, 2010 at 9:10am
Hi Juanita,

I had to watch this video again before replying and noticed that the zipper is closed when the cushion bottom was pinned to the boxing. Somewhere in there (between edits) I pulled back the zipper a few inches, but otherwise kept the zipper closed for better handling while sewing. After the seam was completed I opened the zipper completely. That was edited out; I try to keep these videos as short as possible but with all the pertinent information.

I hope that helps! I'm currently making another video about zippers with a placket for home decor applications. Comments and questions like yours help me to continue improving my tutorials!


Peg Baker
Comment by Juanita on June 21, 2010 at 8:55am
When do you open the zipper when sewing?

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