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Making welting is really easy to do and since I’m adding it to Tessa’s desk chair, I thought I’d share the process here.

1. First, I had to determine how much cord is needed.  For the chair, I measured the perimeter of the seat which is 58″.  I used about 62″ of cording to make sure I have plenty of welting and can trim down the excess in the finishing.

I purchased 1/4″ cotton cord from JoAnn’s and I found this great purple fabric in their remnants section.

2. To create the welting, I also needed a 2″ x 62″ strip of fabric to wrap the cording in.  My fabric is only 45″ wide so I cut two 2″ wide strips and sewed them together.

I love using my Omnigrid and rotary cutter for projects like this.  Both are quilting tools and make measuring and cutting quick and easy.

3. Once I had my fabric cut out and pieced together, I placed the cord on the fabric.

4. Then I folded it in half like a taco.  You don’t need to pin this all together, but I put a couple of pins in so that I could get a good photo of the cord tucked into the fabric.

5. My sewing machine has a special foot for sewing with decorative trims.  However, I learned on my last machine that a zipper foot also works well.

6. Starting 2″ inches from the top, I stitched the entire length of the cording.  Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t pin the cording into the folded fabric.  That would be SOOO tedious and is really unnecessary.  Instead, I take my time and make sure the cording is tucked in where I want it as I sew.  I left the last 4″ open.

New welting for our chair!

7. Next, it’s time to add it to the seat.  Starting at the back end of the seat (so I can hide my seams), I left a 2″ tail and stapled my welting to the edge.

After going around the edge with my staple gun, I stopped a few inches from where I started.

These next steps are where the real magic happens!

8. The two ends of the cording need to come together and be joined.  This is why I left the ends of the welting unstitched.  Both ends are a little longer than I need them to be so that I have some play to get them the exact length I want.

9. Lining them up side by side, I decided where the two cords would meet up end to end.  I marked the one cord so that I would know exactly where to cut.  Wrapping the cording in tape before you cut it keeps it from unraveling.

10.  I cut the cording and then I wrapped both ends (butt to butt) in a single layer of tape.

11. Now I have one “continuous” cord on my chair seat.

12. To finish, I smoothed the fabric down one one side.

13. And then I folded the last edge and over-lapped it onto the other.

14. I stapled the rest of the welting down and I’m officially done with the welting.

I then added the duck cloth and screwed the seat back onto the frame.

Tessa’s chair is complete and ready for her room.

I’m really loving how the gray and white look together against the purple.  And we are so close to having this space finished just in time for school to be starting.  Perfect place for homework… check!

So I’m curious… What’s your favorite trim options?  Have you made your own welting before? Do you get crazy bored with your chairs and change out the fabric as much as I do?  Seriously… I’m starting to eye my dining chairs and get ideas.