How to make a Piping Bag

Piping Bag Instructions:

Cut a rectangle of greaseproof paper diagonally from an inch from one corner to an inch of the opposite one to obtain 2 triangles.

Cut a rectangle of greaseproof paper diagonally to form two triangles.
Cut a rectangle of greaseproof paper diagonally to form two triangles.

Label the corners as follows:

A – right angle corner
B – cut off corner “blunty B”
C – sharp pointy corner

Label the corners A, B and C.

Label the corners A, B and C.

Then place the corner A pointing at you like an arrow with the B on the side of your leading hand. i.e. on the right for right handed person.

Curl B and bring it to A to make a pointed cone shape. If you get a cylinder, just change the angle of B so A and B are pointed almost to the same point. The tip the cone should be directly opposite A and B.

Curl B and bring it to A to make a pointed cone shape.
Curl B and bring it to A to make a pointed cone shape.

Take C and wrap it around the cone once to come and meet A and B. You’ll end up with 2 cones in one another. If you can’t quite reach, slide your thumb further into the cone to make it shorter. This will help you to hold all three corners without creasing the paper.

Take C and wrap it around the cone once to come and meet A and B.
Take C and wrap it around the cone once to come and meet A and B.

Hold your piping bag like an ice cream cone. Let go of the top and let the paper naturally curl a bit tighter. If the cone has a tendency to slide up, gently push it down without creasing the paper. Turn the cone so C is closest to you.

Hold your piping bag like an ice cream cone.
Hold your piping bag like an ice cream cone.

Place your thumb on C (on the outside of the cone) and your middle finger and index just inside the cone. Slide C up with your thumb at the same time as you are sliding the inside of the cone down with your fingers. This motion should be straight up and straight down otherwise you will twist your piping bag into a long and narrow tube.

Place your thumb on C (on the outside of the cone) and your middle finger and index just inside the cone.
Place your thumb on C (on the outside of the cone) and your middle finger and index just inside the cone.

You are done when you cannot slide your thumb any further; this means that the tip is completely closed. You will also see that the joint line is perfectly straight. Lastly, fold the excess C tab in the cone and pinch the fold fully so the paper doesn’t slide when you fill the bag.

You are done when you cannot slide your thumb any further.
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