How to Sew a Mitered Corner Hem.

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Last week I did a little project that went right along with the theme of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  I made a new runner and place mats for our dining room table!  It’s not often that I sew something that is not an article of clothing, but Joann Fabrics sent me this lovely new home decor fabric from the new HGTV line and I knew that our dining room would be the perfect place to use it.  Is is the most boring room in our home.

We have a beautiful old farmhouse table and really nice upholstered chairs that we bought 13 years ago when we got married, but that’s about it.  BORING!  I wanted to make a table runner for it, but I wanted it to look like a professional job, not homemade, so I taught myself how to sew a nice, professional looking mitered corner.  I’ll show you how it’s done.

Prepare the Corner: 1-4

Press the edges up 1/2 and inch on each side.

Bring two adjacent folded edges together.

Line the edges up neatly.

Mark the inside of the crease that is nearest to you.

Sew the Corner: 5-8

Line the tip of the corner up with the edge of the plate on your sewing machine.

Starting at the top of the triangle and backstitching a few stitches, stitch down to the mark that you made in the crease, then back stitch a few stitches to finish.

Admire your work.

Trim the corner off along the grain, making sure not to cut into any of the stitches.

Create the Mitered Corner: 9-12

Finger press the seam open.

Fold one pressed edge up.

Fold the second pressed edge up.

Invert the corner and use a pencil or knitting needle to poke the corner all the way out.

Sew the Hem: 13-16

Edge stitch along the inside folded edge coming up to the corner.

Stitch to the corner seam, stopping with your needle in the down position.

Bring your presser foot up and pivot your fabric, put presser foot down.

Continue to edge stitch along the inside folded edge.  Repeat at each corner

A little sprucing up can make such a difference in a room!  My family just loved the new table runner and place mats.  Levi said it looked like a fancy wedding, and Tom commented on how much it brightened up the room.  That made me so happy!  It was exactly what I was hoping it would do.  The HGTV fabrics are just so lovely and the colors are so bright and cheerful!  I’m really happy with the way that everything turned out!

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Comments

  1. kellie says:

    Is does look so bright and cheery! Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve never done a mitered corner, but it definitely ‘finshes’ the work nicely and makes it look so pro! And I really like the table runner fabric!

  2. katie says:

    great job on the tutorial. I can honestly say I’ve never sewn mitered corners!!! Now I can come back to your tutorial when the time is right!

    • Thanks, Katie! I hope you get to use it soon… you’ll feel like a pro! It’s so easy to do and it comes out looking so nice. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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