New Year and a new skill: Inserting piping for the first time

by Nicole

Dear friends, I have a finish to share with you today: a new tablet case!


I made the case using a pattern in Anna Graham’s book, Handmade Style. I’ve made the pencil case version of the pattern a couple of times before, but hesitated to make the tablet case version. The idea of putting in piping was terrifying to me. And why? Who knows.

Related: What do you make when you need a quick gift for a dear friend?

But in the spirit of the New Year and trying new things, I gave piping a shot. And, dear reader, I am happy to report that it was the easiest thing ever!


Not bad for a first time piper, huh? Thankfully, I found a great tutorial on inserting piping over at Swoon Patterns and the piping came together with no problems.


I’m thrilled with my new case. Instead of using it to tote a tablet, I plan on using it to carry around a notebook and my new set of Stablio pens.


Working on this pattern reminded me that it’s nearly always a good idea to try a new technique. I’m now imagining all the projects with piping that I will tackle!

What new skill are you hoping to learn this year? 

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Paige @ Quilted Blooms January 9, 2017 - 10:29 am

Your case turned out great! Piping dosn’t scare me, but those snaps do. This year I’d like to try big stitch hand quilting.

Nicole January 9, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Thanks, Paige! Isn’t it funny how what scares one person doesn’t scare another?!? I used to be scared of snaps too. But once I had the right tools, it was a cinch and much quicker than buttons. Good luck with the hand stitching. I’ll get there someday!

Cindy B. January 9, 2017 - 12:12 pm

Your case is so fabulous! With many uses and customizable I’m sure. Very nice job, as always Nicole, and your piping on your fabric choice really puts it over the top. For myself, I’m hoping to get the knack of machine quilting, just some freestyle quilting . I have the foot, I just need to start…

Nicole January 9, 2017 - 8:17 pm

Thanks, Cindy! I do love the look of the piping.
Good luck with the machine quilting. Practice makes better, as I’m sure you know!

Danette Stankovich January 10, 2017 - 1:01 pm

This turned out lovely! I have the book, Handmade Style. I am going to check out this pattern. I have done piping before. In fact, I bought a piping foot. I love it – it makes sewing the piping so fast.

Nicole January 10, 2017 - 10:26 pm

Thanks, Danette! You are so right – a piping foot is a must. Have fun stitching from Handmade Style! There are so many wonderful projects in there!

Izzy January 15, 2017 - 9:17 am

Not bad you say? Wow – it’s perfect! I love the case – the colours are just beautiful! I’m planning on trying my hand at garment sewing this year. I’ve done a little bit in the past, but mostly PJs for the kids and Halloween costumes. I’d like to be able to make something I’ll actually be proud to wear out of the house!! 🙂

Nicole January 16, 2017 - 12:32 am

Thanks, Izzy! I’m happy with how it turned out.
Good luck with the garment sewing! I find that there are few things as satisfying as being able to wear something you made yourself.

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