This post is dedicated to my niece Aliya, a beginner seamstress. She suggested I write about how to avoid bulky, bunchy corners, because she ran into the problem when sewing a duvet cover.
Does your pillow cover, duvet cover, collar point or any square corner look like crap once it’s turned inside out? The reason some sewn corners seem bulky is that there is too much fabric for the amount of space available, once you turn it to the right side. The goal is to remove excess fabric and place the remaining neatly inside.
To create un-bunchy corners, do one of the following:
- Make a diagonal cut, making sure that the corner seam is not cut through, but very close. To make it double secure, put a dab of seam sealant on the corner. Let dry completely. Fold both seams to one side before turning to the right side.
- The Fold-y Method: Feel insecure about cutting diagonally? Try this. Fold one edge over to one side, and then fold the other edge back to the other side. Turn the piece inside out; you’ll need to ply your thumb and forefinger here a bit. Use the point turner to push it out further. Be careful not to push through the seam. Even though there is more fabric in the corner with this method, it is neatly in place, and not getting bunched up every which way.
- The anti-corner: Or you can call it the oxymoron method. In this method, you take two machine stitches which actually round off the corner. And, therein lies the sharpness. As you come close to the marked turning spot, reduce the stitch length, take two stitches on the diagonal, bring stitch length back to the original size, pivot to bring the needle back on track to sew off the rest of the seam. Trim close to the seam as shown; doesn’t seem possible but it does create non-bulky corners. Check out the collar points of a man’s shirt, and you’ll see it is slightly rounded!
- A final tip for corner-sewing success: there is a tool for helping you turn a good corner. It’s called a “point turner” which pushes out the fabric in a good way. Please do not use a scissor or extremely sharp implement for turning corners. It will cut through to the right side.
Any other ideas for keeping the corners nice and sharp? Please let us know. I’m always open to new sewing techniques.