YOU WILL NEED
Main fabric: 58x58cm (23x23in) Contrast fabric: 50x50cm (20x20in)
Erasable fabric marker
Basic sewing kit
The fabrics used are from Hantex Linens. Natural Spots, Ash Grey. Ref: LT101-7; Ash Grey Spots, Natural. Ref: LT126-7; Natural Solid. Ref: LT511. For stockists visit www. hantex.co.uk/linen
Use a 1cm ("⁄#in) seam allowance.
PRESSING THE CORNER
Step one Turn the edges of the main fabric piece under by 1cm ("⁄#in) to the wrong side (WS) all the way around and press.
Step two Now, turn all the edges over by 3cm (1¼in) to the WS and press in place all the way around. The corners will be folded over each other as you press the sides under.
Step three Working on just one corner; open out the fabric so that just the first 3cm (1¼in) crease is unfolded.
MITRING THE CORNER
Step one Measure 6cm (2½in) up from the corner along the folded edge and mark this position with an erasable marker just on the edge of the fabric.
Step two Measure and mark 6cm (2½in) again from the corner along the side.
Step three Draw a line between these two marks to join them up across the fabric and the folds.
Step four Fold the corner in half diagonally so it is right sides (RS) together and matching up the marks on each side. Pin it together along the marked line.
Step five Sew along your marked line, remembering to reverse stitch at each end to secure the seam.
Step six Trim the corner fabric off 5mm (¼in) outside your stitched line. This reduces bulk at the corner and you’ll get a neater finish when it’s tunred RS out.
FINISHING THE CORNER
Step one Turn the corner RS out and push the point out carefully so it forms a nice point, but take care not to pierce the fabric. It’s best not to use the point of scissors for this. You can use a point turner, or the end of a narrow paintbrush is ideal.
Step two Press the corner flat so that you have a neat mitred corner.
Step three Repeat this to mitre the other three corners in the same way.
ADDING THE CONTRAST FABRIC
Step one Place your contrast fabric WS together with the mitred main fabric, slipping the contrast fabric under the mitred border so the border sits RS up on top of it. You may find you need to trim a little off the edge of the contrast fabric for a neat fit.
Step two Topstitch the edge of the mitred border to the contrast fabric close to the edge all the way around.