Pillows, collars, and cuffs are just a few of the areas where corners need to be sewn. Cast aside the traditional technique and incorporate the “absolute easiest way” to handle sewing corners.

A complete sewing tutorial to create the blue lattice pillow (shown above) can be found here. It includes an envelope pillow back and wrapped corners. Today we are focusing on the wrapped corners, which can be easily applied to any pillow project.

Traditional Corner Technique

Stitching a corner seems obvious—stitch along the seam allowances to the corner, pivot, and turn.

The stitching is easy, the result is often a bulky, non-crisp corner when turned right side out. Why? The bulk of the seam allowance is inverted when turned to the inside. Use the following techniques when stitching for guaranteed crisp corners.


Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Corners: This method will produce a crisp corner and is every bit as easy to sew as the traditional method. Nancy has demonstrated this technique before as it applies to collars on Sewing With Nancy, Part Two of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Series. You can also find this technique in my book, The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, available at Nancy’s Notions.



Pillow Corners:

  • Pin fabrics, right sides together. Stitch side seams using the suggested seam allowance
  • Trim one of the seam allowances at each corner, if using heavy-weight fabric. Trim with rotary cutting tools or scissors.
  • Fold the fabric along the stitch line at each corner; pin.
  • See the fold up close:
  • Stitch the seam, starting at the fold.
  • Sew completely to the other end.
Use this wrapped corner for small quilting projects where the backing is the same size as the top. When right sides are pinned together and the edges are sewn, “wrap” the corners.
  • Leave a 4″–6″ opening in the seam on one side of the pillow.

  • Insert  fiber fillinto the opening and hand sew the pillow closed.
To make washable and removable pillow covers, consider making the envelope pillow back detailed here. Nancy also used the wrapped corner technique to create the pillow in that blog post.

Watch Absolute Easiest Way to Sew (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy.

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Happy Sewing,

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