We use this technique over and over... and over again, because in home décor, as in life, you never know what's around the next corner. Actually, in home décor, it's usually just another corner. Making a perfect 90˚ fold at your corners is one option, and often that works just fine. But this technique gives you nine simple steps to creating a much cleaner, prettier corner. The tutorial shows the steps for a ¼" double fold hem, and it is dandy for exactly that, however, you can use the same steps for wider hems.
This sample was made for our Citrus Holiday napkin project, but you can use it anytime you need a narrow hemmed corner.
- Along all edges, turn right side under ¼" and press well.
- Turn another ¼" all around and press well.
- Unfold both ¼" turns so your fabric lays flat. You should be able to see the fold lines of both turns.
- Fold the corner at a 45˚ angle so the point of the corner lines up with the intersection of the second set of fold lines. Press.
- Fold corner a second time, again at a 45˚ angle. Press.
- Re-fold your first ¼" turn along its original fold line and press well.
- Refold along your second ¼" fold line and press. If you've been careful with your measurements, turns and pressing, this second re-fold will create a diagonal line where your two finished edged meet, making a neat split corner.
- Edgestitch around all folded edges, back-tacking two to three stitches at each corner. Make sure your back-tacking crosses over the split corner to help this split say closed.
- Press from the front to finish.