Back to basics - how to sew a mitered corner hem

"Hmmmm, let me see. Well, that day is Christmas. You know, it's only six weeks away."

That's what I heard from the receptionist the other day when I called to schedule an appointment for six weeks out.

"Six weeks!" I thought to myself "Uh, oh. I better get busy."

And I am.

A few of the items I've been sewing require mitered corners on the hem. As I was doing them, I thought it would be a good time for a back to basics on mitering a corner.

How to sew a mitered corner hem

1) Finish the raw edges of your fabric. Turn both sides to the wrong side the desired hem amount and press. My example has one inch hem.s

Corner press ends

2) Open out the edges you just pressed. Fold the corner up aligning the edge where the creased lines meet. Press.

Corner press diagonal

3) Unfold the corner. Fold the fabric diagonally, right sides together, matching the edges.

Corner match edges

4) Stitch along the diagonal press line you created in step 2.

Corner sew diagonal

5) Trim the seam to 1/4", tapering at the corner to reduce bulk.

Corner trim clip

6) Press the seam open.

Corner trim clip press

7) Turn the corner right side out and press.

Corner done

See how easy that is? And it makes for a nice and neat corner edge.

I no longer remember when or where I first read about this finish, but I do know you can find instructions to miter corners in nearly any sewing reference book you may have on hand.

Do you use this technique or do you have another favorite way of mitering your corners?


  1. I've added this post to my favorites, it is the kind of instructions I keep forgetting.:-)
    Oh the fabric looks fabulous...

  2. That's exactly the way I do mitered corners too!

  3. Yep, that's exactly how I do mine too!

  4. I love tutorials. I'm adding this one to my tutorial list right now.

  5. Anonymous11:56 AM

    That is great, thanks!

  6. I love, love, love tutorials! & this is a great one! Thanks so much, zi'm adding your post to my tips list too!

  7. Anonymous1:49 PM

    Thanks - you have saved my sanity - because your instructions are the first ones that I can really understand!


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