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Video – How to Sew Boxed Corners

How to Sew Boxed Corners - video

Why do I need to know how to sew boxed corners? I don’t even know what a boxed corner is!

Well – it’s a simple way of adding depth to a fabric shape. It’s what makes this mini tote bag (there’s a free pattern here) fat instead of flat.

yellow tote bag with an embroidered pink bird - demonstrating how to sew boxed corners. Mini Tote Bag - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

And it’s what gives these little mice nice fat bottoms.

Blue and green mice made with the Mischief of Mice softie sewing pattern from Shiny Happy World

Look – this guy will show you his.

A closer look at the boxed corners at the bottom of a mouse softie, demonstrating how to sew boxed corners.

I describe how to sew boxed corners in the Mischief of Mice pattern, but someone asked for a video to help clarify the process.

Ask and you shall receive!

See how easy it is?

The trickiest part is getting the seam aligned, but if you open the seams (like you see in that photo above) it’s really easy to see where they line up.

You’ll run into instructions to sew boxed corners in a lot of pillow and cushion patterns, but I don’t often sew pillows and cushions. I prefer to sew covers for ready-made pillow inserts. But I use the technique a lot for bags and softies!

Here are a few more patterns that use this technique. . .

Goody Bags - free sewing pattern from Shiny Happy World

These goody bags are great little gift bags or party favor bags.

The Big Bag - a free tote bag pattern from Shiny Happy World

This big tote bag is my favorite for grocery shopping.

Knuckleheads - monster softie pattern from Shiny Happy World

And I love these fun and easy monsters. You can mix and match the parts to create your own variations.

Lots of ways to use easy boxed corners!

Happy stitching!


  1. Thank you for the video! That makes so much more sense to me than trying to figure it out from print format =).

  2. Mel Todd SAYS...

    I am blown away by your commitment ~ and seemingly untiring energy and magical access to enough time to do all these things. I am always totally inspired and definitely have a happy, smiley face 🙂 after reading through the latest post!

  3. Dana SAYS...

    As always your explanation and demonstration makes the whole thing crystal clear. Your video is the best one I’ve seen, and I’ve seen several. Thanks!

  4. Joan SAYS...

    Thank you so much for making such clear videos. I’m a beginning sewer and I so appreciate the step-by-step instructions.

    • You’re welcome! I love helping beginners. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for a clear, concise video!

  6. Anonymous SAYS...

    You amaze me and I’m so comfortable watching your videos. You seem like a friend. I’m a beginner who started sewing after a fulfilling nursing career of 33 yrs. I became basically terminally ill and had to undergo a pancreatic transplant that left me a prisoner to my home. I decided to learn to sew to help me adjust to my new life. You have been instrumental in helping me cope. Thank you, Wendy, and please keep the beginner tutorials coming…