Finishing the corners when you're making a narrow hem can be a challenge. Making a perfect 90˚ fold at each corner is one option, and often will work just fine. However, it can be tough to keep your raw edges tucked in, and bulky or slippery fabrics can cause you fits. Instead, try our Quick Tip: nine, simple steps to a clean finished corner.
This sample was made for a napkin project, but you can use it anytime you need a narrow hemmed corner.
- Along all edges, turn right side under 1/4" and press well.
- Turn another 1/4" all around and press well.
- Unfold both 1/4" turns so your fabric lays flat. You should be able to see the fold lines of both turns.
- Fold 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 1/4" turn along its original fold lines and press well.
- Refold along your second set of 1/4" fold lines 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 cross over the split corner to help this split say closed.
- Press from the front to finish.