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How to Sew Mitered Corners that Look Professional

Learning how to sew mitered corners is a great skill. It is useful in many sewing projects and will allow you to make projects that have a professional completed look. With some proactive you should find that you can make mitered corners that look clean and neat without a problem.

What is a Mitered Corner?
A mitered corner is when you sew two strips of fabric together to form a right angle. Mitered corners are used in many craft projects and can add a nice finished look to a project. However, they can be difficult to master. With the proper directions, though, anyone can learn to sew a nice mitered corner that they can be proud of.

Good Instructions

You should start with your two fabric strips. You will also need two rulers. Lay the two rulers together to form a right angel. Lay your first fabric strip on the rulers at the right angle across the top. You will want the fabric to extend past the end of the ruler the amount of fold you want.

Now you will fold the fabric to an angle. It will look like a triangle. Note where your folded fabric tip ends. You will need this to make the fold on the other strip. Go ahead and pin this fold in place. Now repeat the process with the other strip of fabric, laying it on the other ruler, making sure to fold the exact amount you folded the other fabric, using the ruler as a guide. Pin it in place.

The strips should now fit together to form a perfect corner at a 90 degree angle. You should iron both strips of fabric to set the folds. You can remove the pins, as well.

You should now pin the two ends together and sew them together using a trim stitch. Make sure you stitching is even and neat as it will be slightly visible in your final project. Also make sure you are making string stitches that will hold the corner together.

A Simple Project

A simple project to make using a mitered corner is a picture frame. You will need four strips of fabric. You will also need four rulers to act as guides. Fold and sew the corners as directed above to create a square of fabric. Attach the fabric to a firm backing and you have created a nice fabric picture frame.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.


Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.


Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!


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