Wednesday, 11 June 2014

cutting corners tutorial

Hello everyone!
Here's a quick tutorial I put together before the Big Move and never had a chance to post.  It's a how-to on sewing corner pieces together - have you tried this?  
I didn't even realise that I didn't know how to sew corners like this, until I sewed myself into one  (more mentally, than physically) and was rescued by a brilliant sewing instructor who showed me the way out of my right-angle traffic jam... and then the possibilities opened up.
 For this tutorial, Fabric 1 is the flowered fabric and Fabric 2 is the pink fabric.
See diagram below:
*Lay Fabric 2 face down on top of Fabric 1 (right sides together).  
*Match the edges of the first seam you are going to sew. (Here, the top edge of Fabric 1)  
*Stitch down the length of your first steam and stop at a pivot point, where the two corners diverge
*When you get to the pivot point, drop your needle in the fabric and lift your sewing machine foot.
*With scissors, snip the top fabric only (Fabric 2) close to the needle, but not all the way through to the needle.  
*Pivot both pieces of fabric clockwise 90 degrees, so that the second stitch line is in sewing position.  Open the top fabric (Fabric 2 - the one you just snipped) and pull it around clockwise so that it matches the edge of Fabric 1.
Don't overthink this -- as my wise sewing instructor said, "it will be obvious!"
*Sew down the length of the second seam.
It's really worth practicing this a few times before you try this on your favourite fabric.  
I got a little impatient on this blouse and didn't do a few practice runs first...with this there's really no going back!
This is a handy little trick when you have two pieces of fabric, neither big enough to be a blouse on their own.  Simply draw seamlines onto an existing pattern, add seam allowances and stitch together as above.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Thank you so much! Brilliant tutorial!

  2. I love this! Thank you for sharing the steps. Great fabric combo -- so happy and summery!