How to make mitered corners

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How to make mitered corners
Childrens' quilts can be sewn with mitred corners. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

When sewing certain items, such as a quilt, the corners of the item may be finished neatly by mitring the ends. Mitring the corners is a technique that involves sewing the ends, backstitching the item for security and then stitching along the edges of the item before folding the cloth to create the finished mitred corners. The end result is more precise and compact than if the corners had been finished without a mitring design.

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  • Needle
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  • Fabric

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  1. 1

    Sew the binding of the fabric to right side of the quilt. Sew along the side of the quilt rather than at the quilt's corners.

  2. 2

    Stop sewing at the corner of the quilt when the thread is about half an inch away from the edge.

  3. 3

    Secure the seam by backstitching.

  4. 4

    Turn the binding of the fabric upward, creating a 45-degree angle.

  5. 5

    Turn the binding of the fabric downward, matching the fabric's fold to the edge that was sewn. The unsewn edges will be matched to the remainder of the binding.

  6. 6

    Continue stitching with the thread about 1/2 inch from each of the quilt's edges.

  7. 7

    Sew around the quilt, keeping the thread about 1/2 inch from the edges.

  8. 8

    Sew the binding over the opposite side. The fold will cover the stitching, creating mitres on both sides of the quilt.

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