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Thread: How do I mitre a wide corner?

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    Question How do I mitre a wide corner?

    I know how to mitre the corners of a quilt (by folding up binding to 45 degree angle, quarter of an inch from the end then sewing at top of next side) and they work out OK. However I've just made a table runner and the angle is wider than the standard 90 degree corner.
    How do I know how much fabric to leave unsewn in order for the mitre to lie neatly when I fold it over to hand sew? Is it more than I would usually fold, or less?
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    here is a nice instruction from Quilt University on the subject http://www.quiltuniversity.com/mitering_borders.htm
    there are lots more on this Google search https://www.google.com/search?q=how%...=hp&channel=np
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    Actually, in your case I think you don't sew any more or less. If your binding is still 1/4" wide, then the unsewn section is still 1/4". What changes is the way you fold. You don't fold on a 45 degree for this corner - you need to match the corner you are binding. What I figured out when I did my table runner is to use the fabric itself as a guide. When you fold a 45, and then you fold the working end back down over it to continue sewing, notice that the left side of the 2 layers of folded fabric align precisely. Do this every time, and you can mitre any corner.

    So, stop sewing 1/4" from the end. Fold up at the point you finished stiching, along a line that approximately splits your angle in half. Then fold back down, along the line of the edge of your piece. Now, holding on to the corner of that, fiddle the left edge to get the 2 layers of fabric to align. Then continue sewing as usual.

    Wider binding I'm still learning. But I think you still stop sewing 1/4" from the edge (assuming you are using a 1/4" seam). Then, you fold up the full width of your binding (not just 1/4").

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Actually, in your case I think you don't sew any more or less. If your binding is still 1/4" wide, then the unsewn section is still 1/4". What changes is the way you fold. You don't fold on a 45 degree for this corner - you need to match the corner you are binding. What I figured out when I did my table runner is to use the fabric itself as a guide. When you fold a 45, and then you fold the working end back down over it to continue sewing, notice that the left side of the 2 layers of folded fabric align precisely. Do this every time, and you can mitre any corner.

    So, stop sewing 1/4" from the end. Fold up at the point you finished stiching, along a line that approximately splits your angle in half. Then fold back down, along the line of the edge of your piece. Now, holding on to the corner of that, fiddle the left edge to get the 2 layers of fabric to align. Then continue sewing as usual.

    Wider binding I'm still learning. But I think you still stop sewing 1/4" from the edge (assuming you are using a 1/4" seam). Then, you fold up the full width of your binding (not just 1/4").

    I agree with this member. I remember reading somewhere on this board that the measurement from the edge that you stop sewing is supposed to equal the width of your seam that you are using. So if you are sewing 1/4" seams, stop 1/4" from the edge. If you are sewing 1/2" seams, then stop 1/2" from the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    Exactly what I needed! Thank you all so much
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