Here is one of your other choices: mitered corners. They take a bit of time, and you risk burned fingers if you don't work carefully, but here's a method of creating them without too much fuss and some tips for saving those fingers in the process.
- Your Tie Dye Diva Fairytale Dress pattern or Pixie Belle Skirt pattern, or other right angles you need to hem. For cloth napkins, squares 16" x 16" work nicely.
- Iron with steam setting
- air-erasable marker
- cardstock to use as pressing guide
- optional but recommended: silicone fingertip guards
Use a pencil (not a pen, which might transfer to your fabric), mark the longest edge of the cardstock 1/4" from the edge. You can see mine under the pen and finger protectors in the photo. For this project, that's all you'll need! You might love using it so much that you want to make some additional marks at 1/2", 1", etc. for your other projects.
With your iron on steam setting, use the pressing guide to press 1/4" under on all sides of your square.
Then use that first fold as your guide to press all edges over again 1/4".
Then press the resulting angled edge over to (or just barely past) the inner mark. Press well.
Use the finger protectors or a tool like the eraser end of a pencil to help you turn the 1/4" folds back into place and press well. They ought to meet right in the middle as you see in the second photo below.
(Troubleshooting: if your side edges are too far apart and don't meet in the center, you have pressed your diagonal edge under too far. If they are so close that they overlap, you have not pressed it far enough.)
Stitch around near the folded edge, pivoting at the corner.
Enjoy your pretty mitered corners!
|Tie Dye Diva Pixie Belle Skirt Pattern|
Quick guide (great for pinning):