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Padded Cord Ties Better Knots

May 12, 2009
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Making cords is easy, but here’s a trick to make them better, softer, and easier to tie into Chinese ball buttons. Fluff the cordA cord filler often produces a stiff cord that has too much body for a tie belt. Self-filled cording can also not give you the effect you want. You want a cord filled with something that keeps it soft but also supports it enough to stay round. 1. For a 1⁄4-inch-diameter cord, cut a 11⁄2-inch-wide bias strip. If needed, piece strips on grain. 2. With right sides together, lay a 1-inch-wide strip of soft batting (we used Hobbs Heirloom premium wool batting here) under the folded fabric. 3. Stitch through all three layers 3⁄8 inch from the fold. 4. Use a Fast-Turn or bodkin to turn the tube right-side out. Mold the knotThe real success in making a perfect Chinese knot isn’t in how it’s tied but in how it’s shaped. 1. Follow the arrows with your batting-filled cord. Keep the seam on the wrong side as much as possible. 2. Mold the knot into shape. Gently coax the cord from the center out to tighten the knot, but keep it flat. Before it’s too snug, start…

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  1. cynsew March 23rd

    Thank you so much Susan,

    I tried making these one time and they just did not turn out nice and neat. Now I will try again using your tips. I am printing out this article to add to my personal notebook. Thanks again, Cindy

  2. rohesia16 November 4th

    Thank you! This will come in handy for creating the cloth buttons on a medieval mongol caftan I am trying to make. :)

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