How to Miter a Pattern (Floral or other)

I am not aware of anyone else who has mitered pattern.  So I claim the idea unless someone can prove me wrong.  Mitering a pattern allows you to create a truly unique affect.   The miter involves only using 4 pieces whereas using 6 or 8 pieces gives a kaleidoscope effect.

Mitered pattern pillow

Mitered pattern pillow

This technique is useful if you want to feature a pattern that is not symmetric.  An unbalanced pattern is not attractive as a pillow face.

fabric for pattern cut 2" wider and 2" longer than finish size

fabric for pattern cut 2" wider and 2" longer than finish size

While this example is square I will show you how to make a pattern that allows you to make a rectangular finished face.

Cut pattern fabric 2" longer and 2" wider than the finished size desired.  Fold the fabric in half side to side and press.  Fold the fabric in half again top to bottom and press.

Using the center of the press marks as a guide fold the fabric diagonally as shown in the picture.

Pattern fabric folded on the diagonal.  Notice that the previously pressed vertical  and horizontal creases are aligned as well as the center .

Pattern fabric folded on the diagonal.  Notice that the previously pressed vertical  and horizontal creases are aligned as well as the center .

Be sure to align the vertical and horizontal creases made in the last step and the center point.

Repeat the process in the opposite direction.

 

You will have two regular triangle shapes and two triangle shapes have "extensions" beyond the standard triangle shape.   These allow you to have a center mitered pattern with a finished rectangular shape.

Below is the pattern that will allow you to have a mitered center in a rectangular finished face. .

Pattern for mitered center on a rectangular face.   This method works on stripes too.

Pattern for mitered center on a rectangular face.   This method works on stripes too.

Pattern laid over floral fabric. When Mitering patterns other than stripes it is important to place the pattern properly before cutting.  In this example I elected to have the dominate white flower become the center of the finished face piece.  Next the triangle was positioned and re-positioned until I had a bold recognizable flower on both the left and right side.   This is very important for the effect to work.

Pattern laid over floral fabric.

When Mitering patterns other than stripes it is important to place the pattern properly before cutting.  In this example I elected to have the dominate white flower become the center of the finished face piece.  Next the triangle was positioned and re-positioned until I had a bold recognizable flower on both the left and right side.   This is very important for the effect to work.

First triangle is cut.  Notice the balance of pattern on the piece.

First triangle is cut.  Notice the balance of pattern on the piece.

For a square finished face piece you will use this first cut as a pattern for 3 more exactly like it.    For a rectangular finished face piece, you will cut one more like this and then put the printed triangle pattern in position over the fabric, then place the longer triangle pattern on top of the patterned triangle pattern.  Cut the first "longer" triangle pattern.   By placing the "regular" patterned triangle pattern between the fabric and the white "longer" pattern you assure that the bigger triangle is properly aligned with the pattern.

In order to clearly distinguish each triangle and emphasize the mitered effect, a tiny welt cord must be sewn between the edges of the triangles as they are joined.

 

A fabric covered button a great finishing effect and also hides any imperfections when all four pieces come together in the center.

Pieces joined together with tiny cord ..   The center "pucker can be avoided by first sewing each pair of pieces together and then attaching the pairs together .   With one continuous cord down one diaginal

Pieces joined together with tiny cord ..   The center "pucker can be avoided by first sewing each pair of pieces together and then attaching the pairs together .   With one continuous cord down one diaginal

The "mitered Floral" pillow sham shown on the comforter and dust ruffle.

The "mitered Floral" pillow sham shown on the comforter and dust ruffle.

I hope you found this blog useful.   Please let me know what you think.   Check out my many other how to blogs and if in the Harrisburg, Pa area stop in to my studio.

Bill Gantt