How to Make Mitered Corners on Quilt Binding

One of the last step of making a quilt is putting on the binding. I know that sometimes, after I have spent a lot of time working on a quilt, I am anxious to get it done. It is such a temptation to do a quick job just to have it done. But after there has been so much time put into a quilt, it is important to finish it nice so that the WHOLE quilt can be awesome.

One way to have a really nice binding is to have mitered corners. 

Don't know what a mitered corner is? Think of it like an envelope closure for the corners. Here are a few examples.

Red Check Mitered Corner

Mitered Corner Example

Purple Flannel Blanket Mitered Corner

There are two ways, that I use, to make mitered corners. 

I refer to them as the Official way and the Simple way.

For the official way, I start with my fabric all laid out. This method is hard to do while the quilt is in the machine. 

Step one of making a mitered corner on a quilt.

Clip off about half to a third of the corner. This helps reduce bulk in the corner and helps it lay flat. 

Step two of making a mitered corner on a quilt.

If you have a raw edge, fold the edges over to create a clean edge. 

Step three of making a mitered corner on a quilt.

Next, fold the corner into the quilt. The fold needs to just meet the corner of the top fabric. If the fabric of the quilt top is folded then the fold is too far into the quilt.

Step four of making a mitered corner on a quilt.

Then, fold in each side. 

Step five of making a mitered corner on a quilt.

You know you have done it correctly if the corner is sharp, the folds on the quilt top line up, and the diagonal edges on the mitered corner don't overlap too much. This one is not perfect, but it is close enough for me. 

Last step of making a mitered corner on a quilt.

For the Simple way of making a mitered corner, we go back to this point. Clip off the bulk and have the raw edges folded in. This method can be done while the quilt is already being stitched, if you are a fold and stitch type of person that doesn't like to pin. 

Getting ready for mitered corners

Next, fold one edge over so that the fold is right at the edge of the quilt top.

Simple way of making a mitered quilt corner

Next, fold the corner over. Notice the triangle that is created, it's left edge is even with the edge of the quilt top. 

Fast way of making a mitered corner

Last, fold the other edge over right where the edge of the quilt top. The edges should meet up correctly. The corners should be sharp and the edges should meet up correctly.

Simple way of making a mitered quilt corner

Now pin it down and stitch it in place. 

Congrats on getting close to finishing the quilt! Finish strong!

Have fun quilting!


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