Sew-in Box Corners Tutorial
Sometimes its the littlest sewing trick that can really transform a quick project. One of my favourite stitching techniques for bags and purses is to add in box corners – not only does this completely alter the finished make and transform it into something truly wonderful, it is also surprisingly easy to create!
These neat little box corners can be stitched into almost any finished bag or purse project and will alter the shaping to create a strong and sturdy base. Just the think for pencil cases, cosmetic purses, coin purses, and those general stash-all-those-odds-and-ends pouches!
Remember that sweet lace zip purse project tutorial that I shared from the Vilene Sewing Club Workshops? Well, that is the perfect mini make to transform with these easy box corners.
So, let’s create some Sew-In Box Corners!
Grab your supplies…
Finished purse – like this laze zip cosmetic purse
Ruler – I prefer a solid quilting ruler over a flexible dressmakers tape measure, but both will work just fine!
Fabric pencil or tailor’s chalk
The corners are stitched on the inside of the purse, so begin by turning the purse inside out, so that the wrong side or the lining is outermost. Be sure to push out the corners really neatly.
Each seam for the box corners are stitched in turn. Begin with one corner by sliding the fabric of the purse so that the end seam and the side seam or side fold (as with this purse) are aligned. Take your time positing these seams together as the neater these are the neater the finish will be. Once the sections are aligned, pin them together to hold them neatly in place.
Place the ruler over the pointed section of the corner to mark out the stitching line of the box corners.
The length of this seam will determine the size of the box corner. to ensure that all of the corners are equal measurements, position the ruler to mark out a 2in seam that runs parallel across the point of the corner. Mark out with the fabric pencil or tailor’s chalk.
With a straight machine stitch, work a line of stitching along the marked line. Be sure to work a couple of reverse stitches at the beginning and end of the seam to lock the stitches firmly in place.
The first box corner is created – easy, huh?! Now, turn the purse and work on the second corner in the same manner. Folding the completed the corner out of the way, aligning the seam at the end and the seam at the side seam or side fold neatly. Pin in place and mark out with the ruler to indicate the 2in parallel seam at the corner.
Secure the corner with a straight machine stitch, locking the stitches at the start and end of the seam.
Repeat to add the box corner seams to the two remaining corners in the same manner. The purse will now that little ‘ears’ at the corners with the seams have been worked.
Trim away the excess – those little corner ‘ears’ – with pinking shears to prevent fraying. Be sure not to snip through the line of stitching! These little seams will be visible on the inside of the purse, if you prefer you can work a line of zig zag stitching or overlock the raw edges – but pinked edges will prevent the ends from fraying.
Turn the purse through to the right side to reveal the neat little box corners!
Push out the little box corner seams fully and tah dah! one sweet little boxy purse really to fill with all your essentials!
I adore little box corners – have you tired this sweet little technique yet?