If you’ve ever made a tote, you are probably familiar with boxing out corners. There are a couple of different ways to achieve a boxed corner and trust me, I’ve tried them all! Today I’m going to share the technique I find to be not only the easiest, but the most accurate.
STEP 1: Prep
Place the front & back of the tote (or bag) right sides together, making sure all edges line up.
STEP 2: Mark & Cut
At the bottom of the bag, mark a square the desired size on the left corner and the right.
TIP: For small totes I use a 1″ square, for medium-large totes I use a 2″ square and for extra large totes I use a 3″ square.
Step 3: Sew
Next, sew down the sides and across the bottom of the bag. If this is a bag lining, you will want to keep a couple of unstitched space along the bottom to allow for turning later.Next, PRESS your seams open. This will make your life oh so easy in the next step (and when you construct the bag).
Once your seams are pressed open, place your hand inside the bag and bring the corners together lining up the seams. Having this open, pressed seam will allow you for PERFECT alignment.Sew the opening closed. I typically use a 1/2″ seam allowance here.If you are a stickler for perfection, or using a fabric that frays easily, go ahead and serge or zig zag the seam.Repeat for the other corner.