Christine M. over at Wardrobe Refashion posted a project involving “Faux Turkish Corners“. That started me wondering, what the heck is a
Googled it, found a picture and said “Ah-ha!” That’s a pleated box corner, and my Mom taught me how to make them years and years ago! It was time to refresh my skills, and the dog bed needed refashioning, so I thought I’d make a tutorial on how to make a “Real Turkish Corner”.
There’s no before picture of the dog bed – trust me, it was disgustingly torn up, leaking cedar shavings all over the floor and ready for the trash bin. The only thing I salvaged was the zipper. The new dog bed came courtesy of a remnant from the decorator fabric shop, a large hunk of dark green heavy weight cotton twill that I snagged for a mere $4.00. I trimmed it even, stitched my “Real Turkish Corners” put in the salvaged zipper and filled the bed with cedar shavings. Max loves it.
Then, while I was on a roll, I decided to recover a raggedy pillow for Teen Daughter #2’s room, again with “Real Turkish Corners”.
Here’s the Tutorial.
5. Repeat for all four corners on both pieces of fabric, eight total.
7. Turn. Stuff as you please, and finish off the opening by either blind stitching or by adding a zipper.
Followup: some observant folks have indicated that these pictures are dark and difficult to follow. So Right! Here’s a link to another online tutorial, with better pictures. Its’ for an entire pillow, so the first two-thirds of it are dedicated to an applique technique. Scroll down towards the end to find the turkish corner pictures.
4 thoughts on “Tutorial – REAL Turkish Corners”
might be easier to understand with differing color pieces with more obvious right and wrong sides, because I am lost but they are pretty corners when finishe
Thanks for the explanation, I'm going to have to try this.
I've never tried them this way! I always sew to the folded edge, so does that make mine FAKE Turkish Corners? 😉 I think I will try out of curiosity though.
Nah…the fake Turkish corners involved a pony tail elastic and twisted fabric. The advantage of sewing the pleats separately along a measured and marked line and then sewing the halves together is that the pleats are the same depth on each side of the seam.