How to Prevent Protruding Corners on Pillows

  • 01 of 06

    How to Prevent Protruding Corners on Pillows

    Basic pillow cover without protruding corners
    The Front of an Envelope Back Pillow. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    One of the most common complaints about home sewn pillows is that the corners protrude or stick out beyond what is eye appealing. There are solutions to those corners sticking out or protruding. The first step is to sew a cover that is the right size for a pillow form.
    The free pattern for a removable basic pillow form cover is a classic example. Although the directions call for a half inch seam allowance, the cover is cut to the size of the form. This allows the entire cover to be filled by the...MORE pillow form. If the finished pillow is the same size as the pillow form, there is not enough pillow form to fill all the way out to the corners.

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  • 02 of 06

    Seam Trimming Method to Remedy Protruding Corners

    Seam Trimming Method to Remedy Protruding Corners on pillows
    Seam Trimming Method to Remedy Protruding Corners. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Some fabrics will want to protrude even if they are firmly stuffed. In some cases, it is the seam allowances which are helping cause the protruding corner. This is especially true when you are using a heavy upholstery fabric. The simplest solution is to trim the seam allowance diagonally at the corners and the seam allowance as it approaches the corner before you add a seam finish. In some cases, this simple solution will eliminate the pointy corners.

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  • 03 of 06

    One Sewing Method to Prevent Protruding Corners on Pillows

    One Sewing Method to Prevent Protruding Corners on Pillows
    One Sewing Method to Prevent Protruding Corners on Pillows. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A simple way to prevent protruding square corners on a pillow is to sew a couple of stitches across the corners which will round the corner ever so slightly. The number of stitches across the corner will be dictated by the weight of the fabric and the stitch length you are using. A heavy upholstery fabric will require a few more stitches than a lightweight cotton fabric will need to prevent a poking corner. Trimming the seam allowances, as described in the previous step, before you add a seam...MORE finish also will contribute to eliminating the poking corners.

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  • 04 of 06

    Tapering and Stitching Solution to Protruding Corners on Pillows

    Tapering and Stitching Solution to Protruding Corners on Pillows
    Tapering and Stitching Solution to Protruding Corners on Pillows. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    If you've tried everything previously mentioned and the fabric still wants to protrude no matter what you do to tame them, there is another solution. By tapering the seams and sewing a few stitches across the corners you are taking away fabric from the corners.

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  • 05 of 06

    Press and Fold Solution to Protruding Pillow Corners

    Press and Fold Solution to Protruding Pillow Corners
    Press and Fold Solution to Protruding Pillow Corners. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    If trimming the seam allowance corner is not enough, you can tame the corner by sewing the corner with a couple of stitches across the corner.

    After the corner is sewn. Press the seams as they were sewn.

    Press back the corners onto the body of the pillow or pillow cover.

    Trim off any excessive seam allowance.

    Use a couple of stitches in the sides, on top of the side seam to anchor the corners as they were pressed.

    Apply a seam finish. (If the fabric is especially prone to fraying, apply a seam finish...MORE to the corners seam allowance before you sew the seam allowance down, otherwise, it is safe to eliminate the seam finish on this small area, which will eliminate a bit of the bulk in the corner.)

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  • 06 of 06

    Rounding Off Pillow Corners

    Rounding Off Pillow Corners to solve pointy, protruding corners
    Rounding Off Pillow Corners. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Nothing says that you must have square corners on a pillow. You can round off the pillow corners without making an actually round pillow. This works especially well on a pillow that you are sewing a piping or cording edge. In most cases, you will need to clip the cording's seam allowance when you are sewing to allow the cording to smoothly go around the corner. (​How to Cover Cording to Create Your Own Piping)

    The simplest template to round off a corner is a kitchen plate. Be sure to create...MORE the same round corner on all four corners by either folding the cover to cut all four corners at the same time, or creating a paper template to repeat the corner on each corner of the pillow.