How to Sew Perfect Corners for Patch Pockets or Pillow Covers

on October 2 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 16 Comments

If you sew squares and rectangles the traditional way (sew to a corner– pivot, sew to the next corner– pivot…) you’re doing it wrong! OK, it is not necessarily wrong, but I think you’ll agree that this method gives you much nicer corners as well as stronger seams. What do you think?

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16 Responses to How to Sew Perfect Corners for Patch Pockets or Pillow Covers

  1. katie says:

    I make my double sided napkins this way. When sewing the seam for the gap I start my seam perpendicular to the raw edge and then turn and continue sewing my seam (hope that makes sense). This gives your closure an instant fold.

    I love your newsletters and hope one day you start some retreats;) hint hint.

  2. Melanie C says:

    This is great! I can’t wait to try it on my next project!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I am just doing some corners on some dress back necklines. Hope it works. Will be awesome for a placemat class I am teaching to our quilt guild next month. Thank you very much.

  4. Beth says:

    I will definitely try this! Thank you!

  5. Connie says:

    This would have been easier to follow had she used light fabric and dark thread, but I think I understood her method.

  6. Nita says:

    Who would a thunk it? Thanks!

  7. Dawn says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this tip. I’ve seen some similar demonstrations, but couldn’t quite get it. Your way of illustrating this technique was crystal clear and I can’t wait to try it!
    – Dawn

  8. LaRue Cook says:

    Very cool! I will be using this technique!

  9. Linda H. says:

    I’ve sewn for more than 30 years and I have never seen this technique! It’s fabulous! Thank you SO much for sharing… though now I want to go back to all the dozens and dozens of garments and bags I’ve ever made and check the pockets. Yikes!

  10. Diane B says:

    So cool…I make a lot of bags and pillows and the corners always look rounded. I’m stitching up a bag today and will definitely try this method for perfect corners. Thank you!

  11. I have *got* to try this!!

  12. Lizzie says:

    Holy cow, thanks! I have been wondering if there’s a better way, but could never figure it out. This is a keeper!

  13. Lewlie says:

    Thank you! I knew there had to be a better way.

  14. Marisa says:

    Thanks Kristin – I’ll be giving this technique a try for sure!

  15. Linda Doyle says:

    OMG. This old dog just learned a new trick!

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