How do I make pleated drapes?


Quick Answer

Making pleated drapes requires fabric, lining, pins, chalk, a measuring tape and thread. They can be completed in 2 to 3 hours. The chosen fabric is hemmed and lined, and pleat guidelines marked. Using two fingers to create a "cup" space at the top of each pleat, the pleats are then pinned and sewn in.

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  1. Measure and purchase fabric

    Before purchasing fabric, measure the window. For the length, add 4 inches to the measurement from the top of the window to the floor. The width is three times the width of the window. Choose material that is neither too flimsy nor too stiff for pleats. Purchase lining that is one-fourth inch shorter than the drapery fabric.

  2. Hem and line the fabric

    Turn under 1 inch at the top and bottom of the fabric. Sew along the edge to create a hem. Pin the lining to the fabric with wrong sides together. Sew the lining to the drapery fabric. Remove the pins.

  3. Plan and mark the pleats

    The first pleat on each side begins 2 inches in from the edge of the fabric. Mark this measurement. Measure between the marks and divide the measurement by the number of pleats desired. Place marks on the drape at equally spaced intervals according to this calculation.

  4. Create the goblet and pleats

    Create a cup at each pleat location by placing two fingers beneath the fabric at the top of the drape. Use the other hand to form three pleats beneath the cup. Pin the pleats. Stuff the cup with cloth to keep its shape, and tack the pleats. Remove the pins and sew the pleats with a sewing machine.

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