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Sewing a perfect 3-D corner (for a cube)

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I have always had trouble making tidy corners for 3-D sewing projects. Since I worked out this technique I thought I'd share; it works well on heavier fabrics and for projects like fabric baby blocks where it really shows if you fudge the corner.

Hope this tutorial is helpful; leave a comment if you have questions.

Melissa
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Step 1: Cut out your fabric

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In this example I'm making a cube so I cut out 6 identical squares of fabric but this technique works for any project where you need three pieces to intersect in a perfect 90 degree corner.

You'll also need a sewing machine.

(I also let my daughter decorate the fabric to make blocks for her cousin--this step is optional ;)

Step 2: Sew the first 2 pieces together

Here's the only trick to this project; start and stop sewing 1/4 inch away from the end of the fabric. This assumes a 1/4 inch seam allowance. If you use a different seam allowance, just stop that distance from each end. For example, if your seam allowance is 1/2 inch, start and stop 1/2 inch from the ends.

Ok, so to do this, stack your pieces of fabric good sides together with the edges lined up. You can see in the photo that I drew a line to show exactly where I needed to sew (this is just for the tutorial--you don't need to do this). Plant the needle 1/4 inch in from the edge and take a few stitches. Back stitch to lock the threads and continue stitching all the way across the project.

1/4 inch from the end, plant your needle and back stitch again.

Thank soooo much!!!!! It works like a bom :))
nklaewkla2 years ago
That is great !
Thank you ever so much for your kindness.
Easy understanding and well photo..
I made it.
Thanks again.

Joy. Chiangmai , Thailand.
momm5 years ago
Thanks alot for that info you make it look so simple;especilly with the photos
I think I sort of had this idea when I was working on corners (and other tricky junctures), but I would always forget from one project to the next. (One always gets frustrated near the end and thinks it's time to swear the seams into submission; rarely works.) Thanks much for the writeup!
deregering5 years ago
Thank you, I might try it (again) now, with new hope!
This is great. I fought and fought with this when making my Robot plushie. Then again, I also took the lazy route and cute out a + and one extra square. :P
mdhaworth (author)  jessyratfink5 years ago
Yep, that's what I had been trying to do, cut as few pieces as possible, but it always came out funky and this seems to work so much better!
canida5 years ago
Nicely explained!
Corners are hard.
pfirsch5 years ago
Thank you for sharing! This will definitely come in handy.
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