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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.…

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  1. 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. :)

  2. 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

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