Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to Pockets

This week we’re continuing our discussion regarding adding couture details to bags and piping is one of my favorite ways to create a polished finish. In week 1, we discussed interfacing, and for week 2, we covered double welt pockets. This week, pattern designer Alicia Miller joins us to share her expert bag-making tips as we learn to customize an interior slip pocket with piping. There’s still time to join! Grab a copy of the paper pattern at shopsewitall.com, get your supplies and get started! Take it away, Alicia!

nora bag week 31 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to Pockets

Piping is easy once you get the hang of it, especially using pre-made piping. I use the Wrights Maxi Piping from Joann’s or the Sewology brand from Hobby Lobby. For your first time using it, try it on the top straight edge of a simple slip pocket.

First, apply a very thin amount of fabric glue (I use Beacon Fabritac) along only the top edge of the exterior pocket panel, it should be about 1/8″ in from the raw edge. Alternatively, you can pin the piping in place.

piping1 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to PocketsMatching the raw edges, lay a length of piping over the glue. Press with steam to set the glue.

piping2 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to PocketsUsing a zipper foot, baste the piping to the panel, directly over the existing stitching in the piping.

piping3 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to PocketsNow pin the lining panel of the pocket to the panel with piping, matching all raw edges and sandwiching the piping in between.

piping4 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to PocketsFlip over so the basting stitching is visible and sew RIGHT inside that existing stitching. This will ensure the stitching in the piping will be hidden.

Flip right sides out and check out your piping!

piping5 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to PocketsPress the two pocket panels wrong sides together.

Top stitch right along the seam with piping, then baste around all raw edges at 1/4″ seam allowance to hold the two panels together.

piping6 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to PocketsYour pocket panel with piping is ready to go on your bag!

piping7 300x300 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to Pockets

 Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to Pockets
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2 Responses to Nora Doctor Bag Sew Along, week 3: Adding Piping to Pockets

  1. Joi says:

    Can you show where the added elements are on the finished bag. I have cut out the pattern and I don’t recall seeing double welted pockets or a piped pocket. Where are you placing these elements on the bag?

    Thanks

    • Amanda Carestio says:

      Good question, Joi! These techniques – piping and double welt pockets – were presented as ways to customize your bag so you are correct that they aren’t part of the original pattern. Can’t wait to see your Nora bag!!

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