Stacy Grissom

Sewing Corners With a Double-Fold Hem

Stacy Grissom
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Mitered corners are a great way to create professional looking results when sewing corners. Many times mitered corners are associated with quilts or other projects that are being finished with some kind of a binding. However, Stacy Grissom demonstrates how to create a mitered corner while doing a double fold hem around the edge of a project.

Double Fold Hem

When finishing an edge with a hem, there are many different types of hems to choose from. Different hemming or stitching techniques are often used based on the different types of fabric being sewn or the overall finished look that is desired. When it comes to home decor projects, simple garments or fun projects made from cotton or another easy-to-press fabric, a double-fold hem is a great choice. In this video, Stacy shows how she is using a ½” double-fold hem all along the edge of her project.

Mitered Corners

After Stacy has a double-fold hem pressed in place, she demonstrates her technique for sewing corners with a mitered fold. Stacy unfolds and traces the two lines of her hem at the corners of her fabric, roughly a few inches from each edge. The two traced lines from each side create a square in the corner, which she traces on both the right and wrong sides of the fabric. She then shows how creating the mitered corner is as simple as trimming off the corner of the fabric and then refolding the double-fold hem.


When sewing hems, whether you are sewing corners or simply sewing along one straight edge, there are several tools that can make it easier. One of those tools is a hem gauge. A hem gauge is a small ruler with a slide that can be set at any measurement up to seven inches. Once the slide is set, it is quick and easy to consistently measure an accurate hem along any edge. Another tool that Stacy uses, especially when sewing corners with a mitered fold, is basting tape. Basting tape holds the hem securely in place until you are ready to sew it and eliminates the need for pins.