I do love a sharp corner! Being able to turn a nice sharp corner on a pocket or collar can certainly make a difference to the overall look of a garment. Traditionally, this is done by trimming the corner diagonally and then turning. But the downside of this method is it can actually weaken the corner, particularly if you’re working with a loosely woven material.
I’m going to share with you a trick I have learned from watching classes online from Kenneth D. King.
This pocket turning method does require some extra steps, but you will get the sharpest corners *ever* without cutting your seam allowances down.
A video of the steps is right here, with a photo and text overview below. Sorry, the quality of my video isn’t that great, but I hope you can still easily follow along!
Take two squares of fabric (e.g., pocket, pillowcase) and begin stitching starting about half way down one side until you get close to your first corner.
Stop with your needle down.
Take a piece of thread and hold it between your two layers of fabric and against the needle. Sew one stitch.
Holding the threads at both ends, bring them to the left of the needle.
Turn your fabric and continue stitching.
Repeat until you’ve completed each corner. Be sure to leave a 1 – 2″ opening for turning!
Fold your corner over and finger press.
Fold each side like a mitered corner. Finger press.
Holding the corner together with one hand, use your other hand to turn the fabric right side out.
Now your thread will be visible! Holding both thread tails, gently pull the corner out.
Repeat for each corner. Press with iron. Trim/pull the threads off and you’re done!
Happy sewing! ❤