How to Sew Boxed Corners

As I have gradually got better at sewing and I’ve tried more things, I have been amazed at how easy things are that I previously thought were some kind of wizardry only available to people were amazing at sewing.

Magnetic snaps were one such thing. I wrote a post about using magnetic snaps a few weeks ago. You can read it here. If you are making a bag, a snap is so much less of a faff than a zip!

Another thing that I really wanted to be able to do but didn’t believe that I could was sew boxed corners. When I finally figured it out, I was amazed at how easy it was! Now I use them all the time, at least I do when I’m making bags!how to sew boxed corners

Boxed corners are great because they give your bag or purse a bit more shape and make them feel more bag like. It’s also much easier and quicker than adding a gusset.

How to Sew Boxed Corners

1. Take the front and back sections of your bag. Pin with the wrong sides together. Sew the sides and the bottom. Trim  the seams.boxed corners

2. Squash one of the corners flat so that the side seam and the bottom seam are together. Measure up from the corner and pin. boxed cornersHow far up you measure is up to you! You might need to experiment a little bit. The width of the corner will be the width across from where you measured. There’s probably some maths for working it out. I don’t know what it is though, I would just measure it!

3. Sew across the corner at right angles to the seam where you have pinned.

4. Repeat for the other side then cut the corners off.boxed cornersboxed cornersEasy, see?boxed cornersboxed corners

If you are making a lining for your bag, obviously you will need to do the same for the lining.

You can use this for all kinds and shapes of bags and purses, as long as they are flat at the bottom.boxed cornersboxed cornersboxed corners

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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