February 28, 2012

Making Faux Turkish Corners on a Pillow

I have trouble keeping enough stuffing in the sharp
corners on a traditional pillow. They start looking
like dog ears to me so usually when I make a pillow
I put faux Turkish corners on it.

It is a super easy technique that gives a pillow
a pleated and soft rounded corner.

High Street Market Blog did a post on these type
pillows and showed several pictures of the velvet ones
that are all over Kevin Sharkey's home.
Kevin Sharkey is Editorial Director of Decorating at Martha Stewart Omnimedia.
Here's a photo of him with his dogs and some of his many velvet Turkish corner pillows.

There are lots of tutorials out there on how to make a pillow
covers. Liz at "Love Grows Wild" blog has a good tutorial on how
 to make an envelope-style pillow cover like I make mine also.

While the pillow cover is still inside out before you
 turn it, pinch pleat each corner with your fingers
about 1.5" to 2" away from edge.
The material of this pillow cover is felt and very stiff.  A softer fabric would
make more and softer pleats.

Wrap the pinched fabric with string or
thread several times around tightly and knot.

You can use a sturdy rubber band instead of thread
to wrap the corner.

This is what your pillow cover will look like
with all the corners tied off:

Just turn the pillow cover to the right side and
put regular pillow forms inside.  The pointy corners
of the pillow form fill the rounded corners up.

This pillow cover turned out too loose for the form.
I'm going to pull out the form and make the cover
a little smaller but here's how it looks for now:

I hand sewed on fabric rosettes to the pillow cover once 
it was turned inside out.  To make the rosettes see

Here's a close up shot of a faux Turkish corner
on a pillow I made several years ago.

These octopus pillows that I made to give the living room
 a summer feeling have the faux Turkish corners. 

The large square pillows on my bed also
have the same type of corner.
 The faux Turkish corner doesn't change the look of
a pillow that much but it is an easy way to add
an extra detail to your square or rectangular pillows
(and eliminate pointy "ears" on your pillows).

I am sharing this post over at 
The Sewing Challenge at CSI Project


  1. What a wonderful tip! I had no idea! I love making pillows, so thank you so much for sharing this information!

  2. This is a great tip! I'm going to pin it to my sewing tips pinboard. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great! I'm gonna try this! it looks super easy! Thanks!

  4. That's a great tip! Thanks!
    XO Cindy

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