I found some old cotton curtains that my mother had stashed away. Made of green cotton with a moiré texture, they have miles of brush fringe which she was clearly in the process of removing. Since these curtains were not at all Mother’s style I’m sure she acquired them for the trim and 4-inch gathering tape at the top.
Fortunately for me this fabric will look great with the blue floral fabric in the conservatory so I decided to made a couple of pillow covers.
Since this fabric is fairly plain I thought the pillows should have cording around the perimeter. In order to made good cording (welt as my grandmother would have said) upholstery cord and a continuous bias cut strip of fabric are necessary.
Happily I had scads of bias fabric on a spool from the slipcovers which I made in the early 90s.
First item: wrap the cord with the bias strip and sew it wrong side together using a zipper foot.
Then pin the cord to the right side of one of the pillow cover matching the edges and sew.
Finally sew around the pillow leaving an opening to insert the pillow form.
If I would have had to cut bias tape from scratch this project would have been much longer in the making which is why I save things like that.
What are you hanging on to for 30 years? Would love suggestions how or where I might use the salvaged fringe.