Did you enjoy your Memorial Day? I hope you had some time to reflect…time to be thankful for the sacrifices many have made in giving their lives for the freedoms we enjoy here in America. America the beautiful!
I’ve been working on sewing shams for the Master. If you’ve been around a while, you know this. Before my next (and final?) master bedroom Ta-da, here’s a little peek at the fabrics I’m using for the king-sized pillow shams.
This is what your mitered corner should look like after you’ve sewn it together.
I know…mitered corners always look so complicated!
Do not worry at all. I’m providing loads of pictures so you can see every step along the way.
I serged the edges that will be inside the seams to prevent ravel and because I’ll sew the strips to the base with the sewing machine.
Each strip needs to extend beyond the adjacent strip to allow enough fabric to miter the corner properly. I used a full width of fabric for each strip.
Sew strips to the base fabric edges, starting and stopping 1/4 inch from the ends. This is what the gap between the strips will look like at the corners.
It doesn’t matter what order you sew the strips onto the base. Just get the four strips stitched, then press along the seams with the seam allowance folded toward the sewn strip.
I like to press the seam allowance under along the strip past the end of the seam. It’s not required, but it makes the strips lay nice and even, which helps greatly in getting the miter precise.
Here are the edges sewn to the base.
It helps if you pin the ends that extend out so they don’t flop all around. Begin with any corner you wish.
Snip through the two layers of fabric at the outer cross-section of the strips.
Place your finger at the snips and fold one side over on top of the other side. I folded the left side over, on top of the right edge.
Pull your strip ends out of the fold.
Lay the top strip exactly over the under strip. Your snips should line up, too.
Place a ruler along the base fabric’s folded edge and extend to the snips. Mark a line with a washable marking pen. (In this case, it wouldn’t hurt to use any sort of pen. The mark will be inside the seam.)
Pin the strips to secure them, and then sew along the marked line. End your stitching at the press line of the strip.
See how the seam runs exactly in line with the folded edge of the base fabric?
Invert the corner and check for proper miter.
Open seam to trim the ends of the strips.
Invert the miter again, press and snip the seam allowance corner.
Complete the remaining corners, and you’re done! I’ll show you a picture of all the mitered corners in my Ta-da reveal for the shams – coming soon, y’all. 🙂
Have you avoided mitered corners in the past? Do you think you might like to try it now that you’ve seen these details?