Tutorial – REAL Turkish Corners


Christine M. over at Wardrobe Refashion posted a project involving “Faux Turkish Corners“. That started me wondering, what the heck is a non-faux vrais Turkish Corner?

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”.

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Here’s the Tutorial.

1. Cut two pieces of fabric the same size, one inch larger than your finished project, with squared corners. For example, if you’re covering a 16″ square pillow form, cut 2 – 17″ square pieces of fabric.

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2. Decide how deep you want the finished corner to be, from the top of the pillow to the bottom of the pillow. Divide that depth by 2 and add 1″ for seam allowance. This is your marking depth. Measure the marking depth from each cut edge at the corner and make a mark. At each mark, draw a line perpendicular to the fabric edge that equals 1/2 the depth.

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3. Fold the corner in half, right sides together, lining up your marked lines. Stitch along the line.

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4. Open up the corner, line up the point with the seam you just made and press flat. Stitch 1/8″ from the edge to hold the fold in place.

5. Repeat for all four corners on both pieces of fabric, eight total.

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6. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together, lining up the corner seam lines. Stitch around the entire piece with a 1/2″ seam, leaving one side open for turning. Trim the corners if you wish.

7. Turn. Stuff as you please, and finish off the opening by either blind stitching or by adding a zipper.

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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.

Another Turkish Corner Tutorial

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7 thoughts on “Tutorial – REAL Turkish Corners

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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  5. Thank you so much for tutorial. I knew how to make, but didn’t really know the name. Now I can put the two together. Thanks again!

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