Thursday, February 24, 2011

Learning a new skill is soooo GREAT!

I learned something new today!!!  Yes, the Mollster has learned how to insert piping!  For those of you who do not sew, piping is the little round trim you see sometimes along a seam that pops a little bit of color and pizazz on an item.  You often see it on pillows and upholstery.  It makes things look ultra finished and crisp.  AND, I can now use it in my products!!

This is not a difficult technique, but I was quite nervous to try it.  I am so pleased that other sewers have taken the time to post tutorials about little techniques like this that trip up and intimidate those of us who haven't tried them yet.  I used one of the tutorials on the blog sewmamasew today.  Check out these ladies!  They are amazing and give tons of sewing tips along with all sorts of other juicy goodness!  I also referenced Lindsay over at cottagehome for her tips on inserting piping.  You really should look at the clothing she makes.  Oh. My.  Gorgeous!

What, you may ask, am I using piping on?  Well, my lovely friend Jesse has this awesome baby carrier that is not available anywhere, that was given to her as a gift that someone had found in some thrift store somewhere.  I am trying to create a version of it that is a little more versatile.  I'm working on the first prototype and the piping is going along the seams of the green denim I'm using, to give it that finished bit of pop.  Here's what I did today:

First I pinned!  I really don't like to pin, but I've discovered that I really need to!  And in the case of putting in piping, I just didn't even have a choice!  This is the piping along the top edge of the pocket that will go on the back of this thing.

I attached the little "seamy liner" and.....

VOILA! Piping!

Looks pretty good I think!

Goodness, I love these colors together!  So, the piping on the pocket is on!  Oliver was done "resting" as I took this last photo so I couldn't do any more today.  I can't wait to see how the whole thing looks!


  1. Love it! Those are the colors I just stained my loom. Can't wait to see the finished project.