3/31 | How to Sew Perfect Corners Every Time

Sewing a perfect corner can make such a difference between your finished sewing project looking like it was done by a professional sewist instead of a beginner. It may seem a little intimidating but with a few simple tips, you can easily master this technique and learn how to sew perfect corners every time. Do you find sewing perfect corners challenging? There is a knack to it but once you see these tips that we’ve gathered up, you’ll be all set. From turning a corner on a tote bag to creating nice sharp points on a shirt collar you’re sewing, get ready to tackle those corners with ease.

One of the first problems most people have trouble with when it comes to sewing corners is knowing just where to stop. You’re sewing along your seam and coming up to the end of your fabric. Soon, you’ll need to pivot and make the turn so you can continue sewing down another edge of your project. But where do you stop sewing? When exactly do you make that pivot? It can be tricky for sure.

Here’s how to make it easier. Use a piece of colorful Washi tape to mark that spot! Post It notes or marking on the fabric with chalk or fabric marker will also work.

Corners on garments – for example, those points on collars and cuffs – can have their own special challenges. To begin with, they often have multiple layers of fabric and interfacing. The more layers you’re dealing with, the more difficult it can be to get really crisp corners. The first thing you’re going to want to do is to trim away any of the excess fabric and interfacing that you can. Trimming and tapering the seam can be a really big help. You might also find some clipping and notching of any curves or corners helpful. Finally, if there are any areas in need of careful pressing throughout the sewing process, it’s points and corners!

One final thing to remember when it comes to dealing with corners and points is making sure they are properly turned right-side out. Sometimes you will need to use a tool to push out the corner completely. Scissors and other sharp objects are not the proper tool for this job! They will often just poke a hole right through the fabric!

What you want is something with a bit of a point to it that isn’t sharp. This way you can get right into the corner without any tearing. Sometimes you can find chopsticks that work well for this job. Bamboo skewers can be used if you use some sandpaper (even a nail file would work) to file down the sharp tip. You can also buy commercial point turning products specially made for this purpose.

Here are some projects on the blog that this tutorial will come in handy for: 




By following these simple tips and taking a little extra care on your corners and points, your finished sewing projects will look crisp, clean, and professional.  What are you going to sew next?