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Mitered Corners

Posted on: March 20, 2010

My mom bought her first house by herself last fall, and for her housewarming gift, I told her I’d replace her hideously floral valances in her kitchen with custom cafe curtains and matching valances, with a little valance of sorts for the little window above her sink. I got my inspiration for them after these adorable curtains I found from perusing Better Homes & Gardens, and the fabric came from Sarah’s Fabrics in Lawrence, KS, which is my new favorite store (I actually started to tear up the first time I went there from just being in the same room of hundreds of bolts of gorgeous fabrics – batiks, shirtings, flannels, cottons – it was a bit overwhelming, but in a good way). It was there that I found the perfect fabrics to use – my mom was very specific in the colors she wanted – and I set to work. And it only really took me until mid-January to finish them (four months after making my offer, 3 months after the fabric purchase) making me a perfect example of being an awful daughter. And you can see before and after shots here among other various craft projects. And my mom ended up loving them, which is great! Only, I hadn’t really finished. Plus, she wants matching throw pillows for the adjoining living room.

Back to Sarah’s for more fabric, since I didn’t have enough for pillows, too. Darn. My life is so hard…

That valance has turned out to be a pain because I hadn’t ever really done mitered corners on all four sides. The corners on the curtains were easy because I only had to do one, and the instructions were very much different than doing mitered corners on a normal quilt binding. So I ended up trimming the border fabric to the size of the valance fabric and following the original instructions.

Here is the finished product (my mom’s window is smaller, but this gives you an idea of what it’s sort of supposed to look like.

Mom's Window Valance

But, I did venture onto the interwebs for tips and visual instruction and happened to come across this great video on mitered corners for a quilt binding. Not only does it make me want to quilt, it also makes me want a “minute miter” tool. I think it’s one of the most helpful videos on the subject.

And in case you wanted to see the pillows, too, here they are.

Mom's Throw Pillows

Let me know what you think and if you have any tips on mitered corners in the comments below.


1 Response to "Mitered Corners"

[…] my mom’s pillows? Yeah, actually, they’re not done yet. I decided to put a border on them and a zipper. I have […]

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