Perfectly Miter Quilt Borders Without the Math!
Kate Bashynski, a member of the Sewing With Nancy team, designed the No-Math Miter Template Set to miter corners quickly and easily. Use the No-Math Miter Template Set to add mitered borders plus finish the quilt edge without a quilt binding, in one process. You can choose from six finished border sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″.
How to Use No-Math Miter Templates as a Quilt Finish
- Determine the finished size of the quilt border. There are six options: 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″.
- Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing. Pin layers together.
- Cut the batting the finished width of the border minus 1/4″ on all four sizes.
- Cut the backing fabric double the finished width of the border plus 1/4″ on all four sides.
In the example, the finished border measures 2″. The batting was cut 1-3/4″ wider than the quilt top on all four sides, and the backing was cut 4-1/4″ wider than the quilt top on all for sides.
- Quilt the layers together as desired.
- To make a 2″ border for a quilt, I selected the 2″ No-Math Miter Template.
- Align the template with the corner of the backing fabric and trace each mitered corner using the 2″ No-Math Miter Template.
- Cut on the traced lines.
- Press up the 1/2″ seam allowance along the outer edges of the quilt.
- Open the seam allowance and fold each corner in half diagonally, right sides together, and stitch with a 1/2″ seam.
- Clip up to, but not through, the stitching at the corner.
- Press the seam open. Use the Iron Finger, a silicone pressing tool, to easily press the mitered corner area.
- Turn the backing/border fabric to the right side, turn under the 1/2″ seam allowance, and press.
- Repeat these steps at each corner.
- Edgestitch the border to the quilt.
- Ta da!
The No-Math Miter Template Set
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