Box corners are a quick & easy technique to make your tote bags, pillows, and cushions fuller and roomier with a structured look. Totes with box corners are great for carrying groceries or books from the library. Box cornered cushions make comfy additions to benches and booth seating for both indoors and outdoors!

We’re going to show you two different ways to make box corners. We use them both!

To try this technique, you’ll need…

  •  Two rectangular pieces of fabric- Any fabric will work, but a stiffer fabric, like canvas, will give you crisper corners
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Marking pen
  •  Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Pins

Method 1:

1) Layer your fabric together, right sides together. Sew a 5/8″ seam allowance around 3 sides.

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2) Fold the corner to align your seams in the center. Press the corner & seams with an iron.

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3) Measure and mark along both sides of the corner for your desired depth. In this example, we used 2″ on each side, which will give us a 4″ finished corner seam. Use a ruler to connect the two marks with a straight line.

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4) Sew along the line you drew, back tacking both ends. Cut off the corner.

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5) Turn your project right side out to form your box corner!

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Method 2:

1) Layer your fabric together, right sides together. Sew a 5/8″ seam allowance around 3 sides. This is the same as Method 1.

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2) Make a template the depth that you want your box corner. In this example, we made a 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ square template for a 4″ finished corner seam. The added 5/8″ is for your seam allowance. Trace the template onto the corner.

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3) Cut along the traced lines. Back tack where you cut through the seams.

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4) Center & line up the two seams. Secure with pins. Sew a 5/8″ seam allowance, back tacking at each end.

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5) Turn your project right sides out to form your box corner!

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This tutorial was brought to you by our Home Decor Dept.

Thanks, Sarah & Karen!

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