Thursday, 4 July 2013

Fashion Fix: Back Pack Series - Neon Piping

I've decided to do a series of Back Packs for the summer months, whether you're packing for a festival or just strutting down Brick Lane, you need some serious arm candy.  First in the series, the Neon Piping Pack

You will need
  • bias binding, enough to edge all the pocket tops
  • hand needle and matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • dressmaking pins
  • dressmaking scissors
How to do it
  1. Bias binding has pressed in edges that make it easy to follow whilst sewing it on.  
  2. Pin the right side of the bias binding to the top side edge of the pocket flap. Start at one end leaving a 1.5cm overhang of binding.  Using the crease of the binding as a guide, sew along the pinned edge using a running stitch. Remove the pins.
  3. Using an iron, press either end of the binding (the 1.5cm overhang) inwards to create a neat edge.  Next, still with an iron, press the binding flat and fold under the edge of the pocket flap. Pin.
  4. Using a hand needle, sew along the under side of the pocket using a neat slip stitch so that the thread does not show through to the other side of the jacket. Remove the pins.
  5. Hand sew up each end to neaten with a small blanket stitch.

BOX OUT – Make your own Bias binding.
1. Mark out strips of cotton 5cm wide, at 45’ angles across your piece of cotton. Cut
2. Sew each strip to the next to make one long length. 
3. Slowly push the cotton strip through a mouse binder and press with an iron as you go.

Types of stitch:
running stitch on the machine
blanket stitch by hand

Fabric and provider
Garment Details:
Black faux leather rucksack from Primark

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