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Faux Piping Hack: A Quick Way to Accent Any Raglan

Posted on October 14 2019

Hi everyone, it’s Beth from French Seams Boutique (IG @frenchseamsandlavenderdreams), back with another hack to try out! This time, I’ll use a little trick I learned from Sarah Maddux (IG @sarahmaddux79) to add some fun detail to a raglan hoodie. You can use any raglan pattern, not just hoodies, so grab your favorite one and let’s get started!

In this tutorial, I used Baby French Terry for my main fabric and Brushed Poly for my accent fabric, but you can use any fabric specified by your pattern's instructions.

Here are my favorites for this hack:

French Terry:

Brushed Poly:

We’re going to add these little faux piping accent strips to our seams between the bodice and sleeves. While you’re cutting out all of your pattern pieces, decide what you’d like to use as your accent fabric. I’ve used everything from small polka dots to stripes to florals and plaids. Just find something that compliments your main fabric nicely.

  1. Cut a strip that is the width of your fabric (WOF) and the height according to the chart below.*

If the seam allowance of your pattern is…

Cut the length at…

And the width at…



WOF (selvage to selvage)


1 ¼”

WOF (selvage to selvage)


1 ½”

WOF (selvage to selvage)

*My pattern’s seam allowance is 3/8”.


  1. Fold your strip in half, wrong sides together, along the long edges, and press.


  1. Now grab your front bodice piece and one of your sleeves. Lay your folded accent strip down on top of your bodice armscye (where the sleeve will attach), making sure the long raw edges of the folded strip and the raw edge of the armscye are together.
  2. Cut the strip so that you have about ¼” to ½” overhang on the ends just to be safe. We’ll trim any extra fabric off later


5. Now grab that sleeve piece and lay it on top of your bodice/accent strip with right sides together (the same way you’d attach your sleeve if there was no accent strip sandwiched in between). Pin and sew the sleeve to the bodice, using the pattern’s seam allowance.

OPTIONAL: You can topstitch your accent strip if you prefer. Just press your accent strip toward your bodice on the right side, and then run a quick stitch down the very edge of the accent strip.

  1. Repeat steps 3-5 as you attach the other sleeve to the front bodice.

OPTIONAL: If you’d like, you can do the same accent to the back of the bodice/sleeves the same way.

Now continue with the rest of the pattern instructions as usual and you’re done! Enjoy your new hoodie or raglan tee with faux piping accents!

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Beth Darrah is a self-taught sewist who enjoys strike-off sewing, blogging and photography.



  • Janet Murry: November 18, 2019

    Thanks – will define trying this!

  • Bethany Darrah: October 18, 2019

    Hi Patty, you can add the pack bodice piping the same way that you added it to the front bodice! It’ll look like it’s all one long piping strip after you sew up your side seams :)

  • Bethany Darrah: October 18, 2019

    Hi Jen, it’s totally optional if you want to topstitch the piping down or not. I did topstitch the burgundy and the sand colored hoodies, but did not on the others. Check out my tip after step 5 above!

  • Patty Hitt: October 18, 2019

    Hello, love this! How do you add the faux piping all the way to the back?

  • Tina Weikel: October 18, 2019

    Pinned and shared! I do not want to forget how to do this! So cute!

  • Jen: October 18, 2019

    Do you topstitch the faux piping down? It looks like in one pic it is sewn down and in another it’s not..

  • Jennifer: October 17, 2019

    I love the way this looks! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Bethany Darrah: October 15, 2019

    Thanks Rebekah! The sand colored hoodie is the Patterns for Pirates Relaxed Raglan with add on pack. The black one with the Heart Warrior decal on the back is the New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie. And the other three are the New Horizons Tami Revolution Hoodie. But you can use ANY raglan pattern :)

  • Rebekah: October 15, 2019

    What hoodie pattern do you use? Love this look!


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