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!
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.
Flip right sides out and check out your piping!
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.