It's time to start sewing our back pockets for our Nappy bag sew along!
But first....let's change things up a bit and do a pocket upgrade! I don't know about you, but I love extra pockets. Those big back and front slip pockets on the Nappy bag are crying out for more pockets inside...so I've added a couple of slip pockets.
This is for making one in the front slip pocket and one in the back slip pocket.
Optional exterior hidden slip pockets
11" W x 12" H (28cm x 30cm)
Cut 2 outer or lining (cottons are best)
Cut 2 medium weight interfacing
Fuse the interfacing to the cotton and then fold in half to form a 11" x 6" (28cm x 15cm) rectangle. Sew around all three edges leaving a turning gap in the bottom.
After that, trim your corners. I like to do a double trim as demonstrated by Sugar Tart Crafts. Then here's the tip, before you unpick that turning gap stitching, give it a good shot of steam with the iron and a little press. Now you can unpick the basting stitching and turn the pocket through.
The basting stitches will make it easier to find where to turn under the turning gap, and just make it neater overall. Once they're tucked into place, press the pocket well and then top stitch along the folded edge 1/8" (3mm) from the edge.
These can be popped to one side for now until we're ready to apply them.
Right, back pockets, let's get to business!
You'll start off with your back zipped pocket. This will be hidden by the back exterior pocket, but I've found mine to be infinitely useful!
I've linked to my zipped pocket tutorial in the pattern, you can find it here.
As for my Manhattan bag, I'm using faux suede headliner for my Nappy bag, which can be a bit bulky in these welt zipped pockets. Once you've sewn the box and snipped through the lines you marked, it is a good idea to trim a bit of the headliner out of the box. Don't snip too close to the stitching, but you can lose a little of this foam to help it sit nicer.
Repeat for the second slip pocket and the front exterior main piece.
Excellent work, we're nearly done with our back pockets!
It's time to tackle the piping. If you don't want to use piping that's ok, but it does look really cute!
If you've bought pre-made piping then I would urge you to cut it slightly longer than your pocket and take it over to the ironing board. Press it with a good amount of steam. These pre-made pipings can shrink so easily as soon as any steam comes into contact and you want that shrinkage to occur before you've done your sewing, not after as it will pull out of shape.
Glue Pen to the tape on the piping and then stuck it into place lining up the tape with my line. This should mean that the cord of the piping hits in exactly the right place.
Lay the lining piece face up and the exterior piece face down lining up side edges. Make sure you match the bottom curves as best you can.
|Ignore the second pocket piece underneath, I made some mods!|
When you come to sew your lining and exterior together you can follow your line of basting to make sure you have a neat finish and none of your basting shows through the seam.
Once sewn you can open it out and with it still open press the seam allowances to the outer side. Fold so that wrong sides are facing and press again to get a nice crisp finish at the piping.
Finish off with two rows of top stitching for extra stability. One is nice, two is better!
I look forwards to seeing your pockets taking shape! Don't forget that there's still time to join the sew along, you can use the code SEWALONG15 to get your discount on the pattern, and please do join us in the facebook groups.