A Simple Technique for Turning Corners

Last week I talked about how to add a zipper to a pillow. In that post, I also mentioned how I trim my pillow corners with a curve when I have a quilted front, but sometimes I make pillows that aren’t quilted (I know, I know.  It’s rare, but it does happen!) The folding method I will show you makes really nicely turned and neat corners, and also can be used for garment sewing.  No trimming required!

Simply fold one seam over the corner like this:

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I’ve turned the right seam allowance over to the left, so that it lines up with the stitched of that vertical seam.

And fold the horizontal seam over like this, on top of the first, and pinch it in between your finger and thumb.

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Turn right side out while keeping that pinch in place.  

I use my pinched fingers to start pushing in towards the center.
I use my pinched fingers to start pushing in towards the center.
I am still holding on to the corner I have pinched, until I can't push the corner out any further, then I let go and manipulate the fabric gently, trying not to disturb the fold, until I get the point I want
I am still holding on to the corner I have pinched, until I can’t push the corner out any further, then I let go and manipulate the fabric gently, trying not to disturb the fold, until I get the point I want
After I am done turning, but before I have pressed the corner. Looks nice and neat, nevertheless!
After I am done turning, but before I have pressed the corner. Looks nice and neat, nevertheless!

You can see how it is still nicely folded inside, which helps give the corner its shape. If you wanted to, you could give your first folds a quick press to see how that helps.

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Give a light press at the end, and you’re all done!

2 Responses to A Simple Technique for Turning Corners

  1. Wow, is this hint timely! I was gifted about 200 pairs of fabric cut to make burp cloths and many are pre sewn on three sides, so I just need to turn and sew the fourth side. This tip will help immensely with all that turning!

  2. That’s fantastic! I love when things like this happen. Good luck with all that turning!

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