I cut out my square to make bias tape for piping.
I cut and sew my long bias strips and reach for the cording, only to find there's not enough.
JoAnn's isn't close by. And cording is sometimes tough to find in other places.
Today I'm offering up another solution that will save you a trip to the store and (bonus!) some money, too. If you've got any type of yarn laying around, you can make your own cording for piping. It's incredibly easy. The process is similar to making a thread belt loop.
How to Make Your Own Cording for Piping
Light-colored yarn (any weight, although worsted weight is what I used)
Sewing machine and thread (light or neutral colored)
I suggest light-colored yarn and thread so it doesn't show through your fabric. First figure out how thick you'd like your cording to be. For example, I used a typical worsted weight yarn and chose to use four strands.
Cut them to the length you desire.
Twist the yarns together to make one strand.
Insert the twisted cord under your presser foot.
Set your machine to the longest zig zag stitch. Use a stitch length you normally would. (I use 2.)
Using one hand in front of the presser foot to continue twisting, and one hand behind the foot to pull slightly and guide the cord through, sew over the cord. Try to make sure your needle hits on the outside of the twisted yarn.
Continue sewing over the cord until length desired is reached.
Now you've got cording and you're ready to make some piping! There are tutorials for making your own piping here (Coletterie), here (The Cottage Mama), and here (Burda).
I used this method for the piping on the Maggie Mae and it worked perfectly!