Friday, March 8, 2013

Easy How To For Mitered Borders

When working with striped fabric mitered borders look so much better than traditional log cabin style.  At first I thought it was going to require difficult sewing skills but I was so wrong.  With measuring and marking it is as easy as can be.

The first thing you need to know is that the fabric you cut for your border needs to be longer by at least 10 inches than the desired finished measurements of your quilt.

Example:  If you want your finished quilt to be 45x45 then you need at least 55 in long strips for the borders

Second thing is to remember not to cross over seam allowances.  That is where the measuring and marking come in.

So let's get started

1. cut your 4 border strips the width you desire and at least 10 inches longer than the desired finished dimentions of your quilt.

2. pin the borders to your quilt top right sides together being sure to center quilt top on border length.  Sew border starting and stopping 1/4 inch away from quilt top edge.

3. Keeping border and quilt top right sides together fold at the corner (right side of quilt top showing) and mark a sewing line that is at a 45 degree angle from the seam line and from where the seam line ended (remember not to cross seam lines).

4. sew on marked line, open, press and trim excess frabric

 And now you have a very nice clean mitered border.

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