Want to learn how to sew perfect boxed corners? I figured out this trick a few years ago and it works like a charm. I’ve made way too many storage bins that just don’t sit right – and the reason is that the corners are uneven. I’ve wanted to pass along this simple trick and today is the day!
You can use this method for fabric bins, tote bags, cosmetic cases..Anything with a boxed corner. I promise that your wonky, off kilter bottoms will be gone!
- Quilting ruler – I love using the Creative Grids brand
- Disappearing fabric ink pen
- Fabric, etc
Let’s get started…
Step 1 – Place right sides together and pin at side seams. Place into your sewing machine and sew each side seam together. Press.
Step 2 – Finger press along the bottom fold to make a crisp line. Use the disappearing fabric ink pen and make a dashed line. Start at one side seam and continue across the entire bottom fold to the other side seam.
Step 3 – Keep the bottom folded. Starting a few inches in from the side seam, follow the dashed lines and place pins into the fold. Continue placing pins along the entire fold. This is the key part of my simple tutorial… But you need to be precise with the pin placement.
Step 4 – Turn so that the item that you are sewing is facing upwards. You should see the pin line across the bottom of the bin. Fold one corner into the bin and MATCH the side seam with the pin line.. It should make a point.
Step 5 – Finger press any wrinkles out. Double check that the side sits at a 45 degree line. Place the ruler at the point, the 45 degree angle on the ruler should be aligned with the fabric that makes the point. Use your disappearing fabric pen, mark a line, pin and you are good to go. Repeat for the other side. Place into your sewing machine you you have a perfect boxed corner..
Click here for the full tutorial on this bin with handles
Want to know the fabric I used? It’s canvas fabric from the wonderful Lotta Jandsdotter.
It’s that simple. Awesome right?