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How to Sew a Mitered Corner

In the shop we get asked about all things sewing and how to sew a mitered corner is one of the most common questions that we get asked. So we haven’t created a tutorial, but the lovely girls at Sew4Home have created a great tutorial on how to do it.

Corners get a bad rap. You get backed into them, things go wrong when you cut them, and when you’re bad, you have to stand in them. In sewing, when two exterior raw edges come together at 90˚, you’re faced with hemming around a corner. If you’ve always been fearful about what lurks around a hemmed corner, this is the tutorial for you. Today, we’ll show you the easiest ways to sew a corner hem. You’ll learn how to fold and sew the fabric at the corner of a hem so there is a diagonal seam from the point of the corner to inside the edge of the hem. The diagonal seam is the point of the miter, which is why this type of hem finish is sometimes referred to as a mitered hem.

Sewing a corner hem is considered a professional level finish, but don’t let the word “professional” stop you in your tracks. It’s really quite simple; it just takes a few extra steps. Once you know those steps, you’ll be cornerin’ like an Indy race car driver!

Where am I likely to sew a corner hem? 

Panel curtains or other types of window treatments: there is almost always a corner hem at the bottom corner edges. If the curtain is lined, the lining is sewn separately and is shorter than the hemline so as not to interfere with the corner hem process.

Table linens, such as placemats, tablecloths or napkins sewn with a single layer of fabric: a corner hem eliminates bulk in the corners, which aids in the function as well as the appearance of your finished item.

Garments, such as our famous Sew4Home aprons: corner hems also show up in slits on a skirt or vents in a coat. This is especially true if the garment is made of wool or other heavy weight fabric. If the garment has a lining, the lining is left unsewn at the corners, then is hand-tacked into place after the corner hem is completed. Use today’s technique on the three tiers of yesterday’s Michael Miller Cotton Couture shabby chic ombre apron!

Quilt bindings: because the main purpose of a corner hem is to eliminate bulk, this technique is a favorite among quilters to create beautiful bindings.

Read the rest of this tutorial here….