The next step is to apply the already covered cording. There are many places on the web to find directions on how to cover cording, so I won’t go into the details about how to do that here (but don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions).
As you can see in the picture, the cording is applied to what will become the front of the sham. It is turned so that the raw edge of the cording fabric is lined up with the raw edges of the other fabrics. Simply sew the cording on using a basting stitch. You’ll want to leave a few inches unattached at each end for joining the cord. We’re just basting everything together right now, so at this point it isn’t necessary to get your stitches as close to the cording as possible.
Once you’ve basted the cording to the front of the sham, return to the beginning and end of the cord. Clip open the stitches from when you first covered the cord and pull back the fabric to expose the cord itself. It should look like this.
Cut about an inch of each end of the cord so that it will roughly half of it’s original width. Lay the two cut ends side by side, overlapping each other.
Now wrap the layers of fabric back around the cord. Turn under the raw edge of the top layer of fabric so that you won’t be left with a raw edge. Sew the loose ends of the cord to the sham fabric.
Let me tell you that it took me a few tries to really get the hang of this. I might have gotten itchy and sweaty and huffed a lot from being frustrated trying to get the layers of fabric to lay correctly. I couldn’t do it at the sewing machine either. I had to take everything to my work table, glue all of the layers in place with fabric glue and wait for it to dry before I could sew it. Just go slowly and most importantly, be patient with yourself.
This is a good place to stop part 1 of the tutorial. You’ve cut all of the pieces for the front, basted them together and applied your covered cord. Great job! In part two, we’ll cover the cutting and assembly of the back and do the final assembly of the sham.
Update: Click here to view Part II of the tutorial