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.…
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