How Do You Make Pinch-Pleat Drapes?


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To make pinch-pleat drapes, sew a simple curtain panel that is double the width of the window. Sew a length of channeled pleating tape to the top inside edge, aligning the tape so the channel openings face down. Mark the location of the first pleat. Center a three-prong or four-prong pleat hook over the mark, and insert the prongs into the nearest channels. Continue to add evenly spaced hooks across the panel to complete the pinch-pleated look.

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To make a curtain panel, measure the width of the window. Measure the height from the top of the curtain rod to the floor. Add 4 inches to each measurement for a hem. Fold each edge under by 1/2 inch, and press each fold with a hot iron. Fold the edges toward the back of the panel by 3 1/2 inches and press.

Insert curtain weights under the bottom folded edge. With the back side of the curtain panel facing up, sew the folded edge to the panel. Repeat with the left, right and top folds.

When creating the pinch pleats, use a consistent distance between pleats. Locate the right edge of the far right channel on the first pleat. Measure from that point to the left edge of the far left channel on the second pleat. Use the same distance between each subsequent pleat.

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