A mitered corner binding is a clean and efficient way to finish sewing the corners of any type of fabric. It ensures that the corners aren’t bulky and heavy. Rather, they have a flat and edge and are easy on the eye and touch. Sewn products with fine corner finishes are highly considered high-quality products. While most poor fabric and sewing quality products will have bulky corners.
How To Sew A Mitered Corner Binding?
A mitered corner binding is easy to sew. You can make a mitered corner easily by folding the edges of your project to the inside and stitching them in place. You can sew it by hand on your project or by sewing machine. Sewing by hand is more preferred for its preciseness and clean finish.
There are other methods you can use to sew a mitered corner binding. You can sew with bias tape, self-turned, with a border, or with a fold. When sewing a mitered corner, remember to pre-wash it to prevent skewing when you finally wash it after the project.
Step-by-step Guide To Sew A Mitered Corner With Bias Tape
- Fold the fabric strip in a quarter-inch double fold.
- Fold the fabric strip halfway with one side wider than the other.
- Stitch the bias tape in place. The fabric strip should be longer than the tape.
- At the end of the binding, fold the remaining length of the fabric strip onto the bias tape side to cover it fully.
- When folding, angle the corners so that you have a mitered corner.
- Stitch the corner in place and the length of the folded fabric over the bias tape.
Step-by-step Guide To Sew A Mitered Corner With A Border
- For each corner, you will need two strips of fabric. They should be 2 inches longer than the fabric they are making the border on. They should also be a different color from the main fabric to mark the border.
- Align the edges of the fabric and that of the fabric strips to make the border.
- Stitch the fabric strip along the edge of the fabric whose border you are making. Leave a ¼ inch space unstitched above the border fabric strip.
- Along the other side of the fabric, stitch on the other border fabric strip similarly.
- Fold the fabric diagonally to touch the end of the stitches on the border fabric strips.
- Where the fabric strips touch the folded fabric, stitch the fabric strips together diagonally without stitching the main fabric. Cut off the excess length of the fabric strip.
- You have your mitered corner with the border in place.
Step-by-step Guide To Sew A Mitered Corner With A Fold
- Finish your sewing project with a zigzag stitch with a little space inside the edges.
- Fold the corner space inside to meet the end of the project
- Fold your fabric all round to make a mitered corner.
Step-by-step Guide To Sew A Mitered Corner Binding By Attaching The Binding
- Take two binding strips and lay them on each other at 90-degree angles. Sew them together at the seams angling at 45 degrees to make them one long strip.
- With one strip on top of the other, mark a 45-degree angle and draw a line at this point. Pin the strips and sew at this point.
- Cut off the excess fabric above the sewn point leaving ¼ inch seam allowance. Iron or press the seam allowance.
- Carry out the above process on all the corners of the binding strips.
- Press the full length of binding that you have now made
- Lay your quilt or any other project that needs the binding on your working surface.
- Lay your binding around the quilt and make sure that your seam edges are not on the edges of the quilt.
- Pin your binding all around the quilt in preparation for sewing.
- Sew ¼ inch of the binding on the quilt. As your sewing approaches the edge of the binding, stop a ¼ inch before and fold the binding at 45 degrees and pin it. Repeat at all corners.
- Sew the rest of the binding fully.
- At the edges, remove any excess fabric and make a 45-degree fold on both sides to make a neat corner.
- Make a blind stitch by hand to fix and secure the folds of the binding firmly and cleanly on your sewing project.
- You will end up with a neat and clean mitered corner made with an attached binding.
Step-by-step Guide To Make A Self-turned Mitered Corner
- Make sure that the fabric edges are straight.
- Fold the edges of the fabric in, all around the fabric by ½ inches.
- Press for the folds to stay in place
- Fold the edges again.
- Open up one fold and mark where they meet.
- Take the corner of the folded edges and fold it in at an angle and make sure its tip touches the marked point.
- Stitch at the line of the fold at the corner fold and cut off the excess fabric.
- Press the corner fold to stay in place.
- Stitch the mitered fold on the edge for a flat and clean appearance.
What Is The Purpose Of A Mitered Corner?
Offer A Clean Finish To Sewing
A mitered corner makes your sewing projects end up clean and neat. Without a mitered corner, you will have your sewing projects have bulky edges. A mitered corner removes or hides the bulky edges providing an attractive finish. You can make a mitered corner in different ways. You can make it with a different fabric or use the same fabric that you are working on.
A mitered corner can also be used for decoration. To make a decoration with a mitered corner, you can use a different fabric. A fabric of a different color can be layered all-around your sewing project such as a quilt. This fabric will be used to make a mitered corner and to decorate the quilt.
To Prevent Fraying On The Edges
A mitered corner makes sure that your quilt or sewing projects do not fray. It adds strength to the ends of the project. The ends are not left open, or unfinished. This strengthens the fabric and prevents the edges from tearing or fraying easily.
How To Make Mitered Corners On Bench Cushions?
Many projects may require mitered corners. Bench cushions are some of the few easy to make items that may need mitered corners. Mitered corners on bench cushions provide a clean and sharp edge that is appealing to the eye.
Here is how you can make mitered corners on bench cushions in a few steps.
- Sew together the two sides of your pillow on three sides with a ½ inch seam allowance.
- Turn the bench cushion inside out.
- Press open the seams to keep them flat
- Using a seam ripper, undo the stitches of the bench cushion at the edges.
- Align these just opened seams and insert a pin to mark the corners of the seams.
- Use a tailor’s chalk to draw a straight line to the corner point.
- Make a line that cuts through the corner point
- Create the mitered corner by stitching across the corner of the cushion.
- With your cushion inside out, insert the foam then hand-stitch the opening closed. Make sure to make your stitches as tight as possible. You can make use of a flat hemming stitch to close this opening.
- You now have bench cushions with mitered corners. This means that your cushions have a professional and a beautiful neat finish.