Sew Easy: Mitering Corners

Sew Easy: Mitering Corners

Follow these instructions to make perfect mitered corners. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!

Video Tutorial

Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions

  1. Mark centers of block and border strip. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, match centers. (Strip will extend beyond edges; do not trim.) Join border strip, beginning and ending stitches ¼” from corners and backstitching at each end.
  2. Press seam allowance toward border strip. Add remaining border strips in the same manner.
  3. With right sides facing, fold block diagonally, aligning raw edges of adjacent sides. Open seam allowance; align a ruler along the diagonal fold. Mark from seam to raw edge.
  4. Stitch on marked line, backstitching at beginning and stitching out to raw edge.
  5. Trim seam allowance to ¼”.TIP: Before trimming, unfold the block to ensure the strips lie flat, correcting stitching if necessary.
  6. In same manner, miter remaining corners. Press corner seams open.

Products used: Havel’s Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Havel’s 45mm Rotary Cutter, and Havel’s 6″ x 24″ Fabric Ruler. Check out Havel’s Sewing for more information and a complete catalog.

Other products include Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia), glasshead pins, wool pressing pad, travel iron, starch.

Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit

Fabric from Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

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