Complete your quilts and sewing projects in style with this simple tutorial on how to sew easy mitered corners.
How to Sew Easy Mitered Corners – Step by Step Tutorial
I’ve always been impressed by projects finished with mitered corners. Those clean points and angled folds look crisp and professional.
But if you are a beginning sewer who is having difficulty getting your mitered corners to work, you aren’t alone.
In fact, it had me beat for years until I finally figured out a way to overcome this lapse. It took a lot of trial and error and plenty of researching and revising a variety of techniques before I finally mastered it with ease.
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This is my version of the quickest and easiest way to create the sharpest mitered corners.
Supplies You’ll Need
- 7/8 in (22 mm) or 1/2 in (13 mm) Double Fold Quilting Binding Bias (3 yards, more or less), depending upon your preference and size of your project.
- White water soluble marking pencil
- Sewing Scissors
- Cotton or Polyester Thread, matching color
- Sewing Machine
After you’ve finished quilting and stitching your sewing project, it’s time to bind it.
1. Lay out your binding, right sides together, with the first fold laying parallel to the edge of your quilt.
2. Leave two inches free of stitches and straight stitch on the inside fold.
3. Sew toward the corner, but before you get to the corner, measure back 1/2 inch and mark it. Sew up to that point and no further. (See Arrow below.)
4. Once you reach this mark, keep your needle down, lift the pressure foot and rotate to 45 degree angle. Then, sew from this mark to corner.
Here is what the sewing should look like.
5. Fold the binding back along the line you just sewed.
6. Fold it back upon itself in the direction of your sewing and sew right from this fold at the top and continue to sew in the fold along the next side of your quilt.
Continue doing this technique until you get back to the beginning of your sewing.
7. To join the two ends of the binding, mark 1/4 inch on each end of the bindings, so that these lines match. Cut any extra fabric 1/4 longer. (See Below)
8, Now match the two marked lines, right sides together and pinch the fabric together. Sew along this line.
9. The binding will now line up along the edge of the quilt. Complete sewing in the fold. Backstitch.
10. Time to flip back the corners. Carefully, pull back each corner.
11. Wrap it over the tip of the corner.
12. On the other side, fold in the opposite direction.
13. Hold fast with a binder clip or pin.
14. Sew the binding at this point along a scant 1/8 inch around the entire circumference of your quilt.
Now, that you know how to make sew easy mitered corners you can use this skill for finishing off a multitude of projects from full-sized quilts, coasters, to mini quilts or mug rugs.
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