# 5 Simple Steps to a Mitered-Corner Border With Border Prints

Looking to add a little intrigue to that quilt? A mitered border can be a beautiful (and easy!) way to kick your top up a notch. And with border prints, it's simpler than ever! Just follow our step-by-step tutorial for a mitered border that brings out the best in your quilt.

## What's a border print?

Some fabric collections include prints that are arranged in repeating columns. When you cut out any of these columns, you instantly get a border piece that's ready to attach. Here's an example from Boundless' new collection, .

With you get the option of a thin striped border, a larger-scale print border or a combination of both.

## What's so great about a border print?

There's a few great ways border prints can make an impact in your quilt — and make things a heck of a lot easier too!

• Borders create a statement within the design
• They're an easy way to increase the size of your quilt with minimal piecing
• They increase the perceived complexity of your quilt without taking all that much extra work

In fact, you can see all three of these elements at work in the Starlet Quilt Kit. The quilt uses the border print from above to create a mitered-corner border, adding the perfect amount of contrast to make those center blocks pop.

## How do I make my own mitered-corner border?

A mitered corner means that your corners meet in a 45-degree angle. If you take a quick look at a picture frame, you'll see an example of a mitered corner.

Sure, the mitered border might be a little tougher than skipping the angle, but all it takes is some careful measuring and sewing. Plus, the angled seam is nearly invisible!

### Start with this simple equation to figure out the length of each border side.

Length of quilt side + (width of the border x 2) + 6" = Total fabric for border piece

#### Let's break down each piece in the equation.

• Length of quilt side: Measure the length of the side of the quilt you're sewing the border to.
• Width of the border: How wide is your border? Multiply it by two! This makes sure you have enough excess fabric on either side to match the width of the adjacent piece at either corner.
• Plus 6”: You'll need a little extra fabric for the mitered corner on each side as well as the seam allowance. This six inches will have you covered!

Use the equation to find out the border length you need on each side. Then, just cut your border fabric to those dimensions.

#### Here's an example to follow:

If your quilt top is 40” x 50” and your borders are 2" wide, your equation for the top and bottom border would be 40" + (2" x 2) + 6" = 50".

That means those two borders would each measure 2" x 50". For the side borders, my equation would be 50" + (2" x 2) + 6" = 60".

### You've carefully measured and cut your border fabric. Now it's time to sew it onto the quilt!

#### Step 1: Pin the borders in place

• Fold both the border and quilt top in half, then mark their centers.
• Line the centers up and pin them together to stay accurate.
• Pin the ends of the quilt and border together before proceeding to the rest.

#### Step 2: Sew the borders onto the quilt top

• Sew the border to your top, starting and stopping ¼" away from your edge.
• Make sure to backstitch at each end.
• Repeat for all four border pieces.

#### Step 3: Mark where to sew the mitered corner

There's a few ways to mark for the mitered corner, but this method is probably the simplest to pull off.

• Fold the quilt top in half diagonally with right sides facing each other (this will create a triangle).
• Line up two connecting border pieces (like the top border and the right side border) and put them on top of one another.
• Line everything up so that the fold of the quilt top runs at a 45-degree angle between the two border pieces.
• Place your ruler along the 45-degree angle you created and extend it over the borders.
• Use a pencil to trace the angle on the border.
• Pin the border in place to prepare for sewing.

Hint: It can be helpful to trace the angled line onto both pieces of border fabric. That way, no matter which way you take the quilt to your sewing machine, you'll see the markings.

#### Step 4: Sew your corner

• Locate the stitch line you made when sewing your border to your quilt top. Start sewing right there. (This will ensure that you there are no gaps or spaces on the front.)
• Follow your pencil line directly, sewing from the stitch line out toward the end of the border.
• Backstitch at the beginning and end.
• Unfold your quilt to make sure the border lies flat and that there are no gaps in the inner corner.

Hint: The first few times that you attempt this, you may notice some puckering at the corners. This is caused when you start sewing too far into the quilt top, or too far away from the quilt top.

You can solve for puckering by:

• Re-sewing
• Pressing carefully with steam
• Experimenting with pressing your border seams in different directions (i.e. toward the quilt top or toward the border)

#### Step 5: Trim, press and... presto!

• Trim the excess border to ¼".
• Press seam open.
• Repeat for all four corners.
March 26, 2017
More to Explore
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Fact: sewing your quilt (or a smaller project, like pillow tops and table runners) by hand provides a soft finish that really can’t be achieved by machines. Not to mention there isn't anything that beats the zen of sewing something with needle and thread. If you're interested in trying the craft, these tips — along with the right supplies — can help you get started.
Sherri McConnell
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
While there are hundreds of quilting gadgets on the market these days, when you're new to the craft it's best to start with the basics. So skip the fancy-pants gizmos — for now — and stock up on these important quilting tools that'll help make your first quilt a success.
Sherri McConnell
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Bias tape is a great way to bind, or seal in, raw edges. And while it’s commonly used as quilt binding, you can actually incorporate it into a variety of projects, whether you need to sew a face mask or want to add a fun design element to a garment. Here’s how to create the durable, stretchy tape — even if you don’t have a bias tape maker on hand.
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Selvages run the entire length of a fabric bolt, and many people consider them to be garbage, cutting them off and throwing away without a second thought. But this finished end of your fabric can be handy in a project. After all, it's so tightly woven you don't have to worry about fraying. Here are some tips for putting 'em to good use.
Angela Mitchell
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Rule number one: don't throw out those fabric scraps, even the thinnest of strips. After all, you can use 'em to make a totally new project — like a string quilt! These block are simple to quilt and make use of every bit of your fabric stash. What's not to love?
Sherri McConnell
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Picture this: you go to the fabric store, pick out the perfect materials for your next project, and come home only to realize that — doh — you already have great fabric you could have used tucked away in a forgotten corner of your sewing room.
Lindsay Conner
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
If you're a quilter or sewist, you've probably come across bias tape before. And while it's commonly used for quilt binding, there are a ton of ways you can incorporate bias tape into any project. The best part, though, may be just how easy it is to make yourself.
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
There's more than one way to bind a quilt, and this method just so happens to be one of the most quirky and fun. Prairie points are folded triangles made from fabric squares, and can be used to decorate table runners, pillows, tea towels and — you guessed it — quilt edges. Plus, finishing your quilt with a prairie point binding is just as easy as it is fun — here's what you need to know to make it happen.
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Sometimes there isn't enough time to make an entire quilt for your husband, father or brother, especially if Father's Day or V-Day is right around the corner. But there's no need to stress — you can still flex your quilting muscles to create something perfect for them, fast. These gifts all come together quickly, and your guy is sure to love each one.
Lauren Lang
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Bright, floral quilts are definitely lovable, but sometimes you want a pattern that's a little more masculine. And while the word "masculine" is totally subjective, in general we're talking quilts in more neutral colors, or those that steer clear of circles and other curvy shapes.
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
You know how, no matter how many amazing TV shows or movies air, you still have your go-to favorites; the ones you watch over and over again? Yeah, same thing happens here. These are the best quilting classes to fire up whenever you're in need of an extra dose of inspo or want to brush up on skills.
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Clean, straight-line quilting is always the goal, but stitching them can be challenging. The secret to success? Marking your lines correctly. Thankfully, there's more than one way to get 'em just so. Play around with these tools and soon enough you'll have beautifully straight quilting lines every. single. time.
Emily Dennis
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Batting seems like it ought to be a stress-free topic. After all, its entire job is to make things soft and comfy. Yet choosing the right one for your project can be totally confusing. There's cotton versus polyester, tons of different brands, issues like fiber content and loft — the list goes on and on. Luckily, these tips provide the insight you need to navigate the batting aisle like a total boss.
Lindsay Conner
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Fact: there's no better way for quilters to celebrate the Fourth of July than by stitching a scrappy flag quilt block. Your only decision: whether to make it your only patriotic quilt project, or the first of many!
Diane Knott
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
You can't have a Fourth of July celebration without one very important thing: a quilted patriotic project! Whether you make a full-blown quilt, a star-spangled table runner or a red, white and blue mug rug, these patterns are sure to set off fireworks.
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Red, white and blue has never looked so cute. Make a batch of mug rugs to use during your Fourth of July picnic — they can double as hot plates for your cookout, too!
Diane Knott
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
This year, make one of your quilting projects a little greener — and not the color green. Instead of buying more fabric, look for materials you already have around your home. It brings new life to pre-loved clothing, is easy on your wallet and maximizes your resources. What's not to love?
Lindsay Conner
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Lifestyle
Real talk: sometimes crafting can use a lot of materials (that aren't exactly cheap). You can save your bank account some strife and show Mother Earth a lot of love by upcycling what you already have — here's how.
Ashley Little
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
You don't need a longarm quilting machine to finish your quilt — stitch it with an embroidery machine instead! By quilting in the hoop, you can create quilts block by block, in long strips or stitch 'em whole. And with all the options your embroidery machine has, you can make quilts as simple or complex as you want.
Marjorie Busby
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
Having a dedicated space for quilting is like having a little haven in your house. But with constant WIPs and late-night quilting sessions (especially for fans of the Midnight Quilt Show), it's easy for your studio to turn from sanctuary to stressful. But don't sweat — it's simple to keep your quilting room organized, especially if you follow these hacks.
Sherri McConnell
• Are you sure to want to remove this?
St. Patrick's Day is all about green clothes, green beer and, for crafters, green quilts. In honor of the Irish holiday, choose any of the patterns below and start stitching a quilt that's sure to leave others feelin' green with envy.