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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How to Make Lined Pinch Pleat Drapes

 I am so excited to share this tutorial with you.  My fabric arrived last week and I spent one whole evening sewing drapes for my guest bedroom.
It all started when I found this awesome fabric at Calico Corners.
Image from Calico Corners

I fell in love with the fabric and ordered six yards on the spot to make new drapes for my guest bedroom.
I started by rolling out the fabric and cutting the fabric to the length I needed.  I determined this length by measuring from the existing rod to the floor.  In my case the finished length of the drapes would be 85".  I added 6" for the bottom hem and 4 inches for the top for a total of 95".  After cutting the first 95" length I took the fabric and laid it over the cut piece and lined up the pattern and cut a second 95" length for the second panel.  This way I made sure I would end up with two identical panels with the pattern lining up.
For the lining I bought two flat sheets from Walmart for $5.00 each.  Flat sheets work so well for several reasons.  First of all they were a much more cost effective option.  Second, the flat sheet already comes hemmed.  I ironed both sheets.
Next step...the bottom hem.  I started by folding the fabric up 2" and ironing it.  Next I folded the fabric up an additional 4" for the bottom hem.  Then, for a professional look,  I blind-stitched the hem.  I will do a tutorial on blind-stitching later in the week. It was the first time I did one, and let me tell you, it made a world of difference to the final product.  

Next it was time to add the lining.  I laid the lining (the flat sheet) with right sides facing together.  

I pinned the lining on the sides and on the top making sure to leave approximately two inches at the bottom.  I then sewed along all three sides.  Then turn the drapes back to the right side and press the sides and top flat.
As you can see, the flat sheet already has the perfect hem.  One less step...yay!!
I was now ready for the pinch pleats.  A few years ago I bought this pleater tape from JoAnn's always wanting to try this on drapes.  I figured this was the perfect opportunity.  It worked awesome.  All I did was place it near the top of my drape, measuring from the hook to ensure the proper length.  I then sewed it on the top and the bottom making sure not to sew over any of the openings for the hooks.
Then I inserted the pleater hooks.  The pleater hooks have four "fingers".  I skipped every other pocket for each finger and then skipped two pockets in between each hook.  Then I pushed the fingers in as far as they would go.
Then, I fixed the pleats to line them up exactly.  I then pressed the pleats to help them keep their shape.
Finally I sewed each group of pleats together using heavy duty thread.  I only put two or three stitches in each group of pleats.
Then I simply hung the hooks over my curtain rod.  These are dummy panels so they won't be moving.  If you have a transverse rod, you would have the hooks in the traverse rod and then you could open and close the drapes.
This was the first time I have ever made lined drapes and the first time I made pleated drapes.  It was time consuming, but really not difficult at all.  If you can sew a straight line you can make these drapes.

You can see how the pattern lines up in the photo.  Make sure to cut both panels of fabric at the same time to ensure the finished patterns line up.  

I am so happy with the end result.  They add so much life to my guest room.

I hope you will try this.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.  I'd be happy to help you.

Don't forget to stop back tonight for my weekly linky party.  The link opens at 8pm EST.  
Hope to see you then.

-Judy


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56 comments:

mary beth said...

What a great tutorial! Thanks for showing us the steps..I think I have the courage now to try this myself..I have a lot of windows just waiting for me to give them some personality!

Gina said...

Your drapes are fabulous...I wish I knew how to sew.

I see you came up with a Fall into Fall button. I like it. When you asked me yesterday if I had any ideas, that's the only thing I could think of was Fall into Fall. Apparently, we were thinking alike!

Modern Country Lady said...

I love the fabric- no wonder you ordered it up straight away. I always make my own curtains and have to compliment you on your clear tutorial -you are right- more thabnanything, it is very time consuming but so rewarding. Lovely job.xo Bea

Janel@hatingmartha said...

Love the pattern! I didn't even know they made pleating tape...thanks!

Dana said...

Your drapes turned out gorgeous! Fabulous fabric!

Goldie said...

Your drapes turned out great! And you explained how you did it very well!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

They are stunning! Love the fabric!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Nicely Done, Beautiful fabric, Great tutorial....
They really add a pop to your room.

A small tip on drapes... if you make the lining a few inches less in the width & then sew together at the sides, they will fold in at the sides & have a small (1" or so) side hem...
(I bought a HUGE amount of pleater tape just last night a GW...for $1.00.. never know when I will need it next : )

Mandy said...

Hi Judy, this is a great tutorial! I'd love it if you shared it on my Link Party today at www.projectqueen.org - I'm your newest follower. Enjoyed your blog!

At The Picket Fence said...

Those looks so beautiful Judy!! I have made lined drapes before but never attempted pinch pleats. You make it sound so easy! :-) That was an excellent tutorial and they truly do look gorgeous! :-)
See you tonight,
Vanessa

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Absolutely genius idea. They are gorgeous and look like you paid a pretty penny to have them done. Love that fabric!

At The Picket Fence said...

The key word being "if" you can sew a straight line. Something I seem to struggle with. lol They are so fabulous Judy and I am jealous that you can just "whip" something like these up. You are so talented and they turned out just beautiful!

Heather

c-Mo Love! said...

My DH and I just bought our first home and I have been waiting for find the right material to make drapes and this is pretty much the best thing on blogger. Just a great and simple tutorial... This is great thank you so much.

Love them!!!

PS could you post a pic of what they look like closed?

JamieS @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom said...

These turned out so pretty! I love pinch pleats...
~Jamie S.

Promosyon said...

Step by step information you shared, which is very easy to understand. I think I have the courage now to try this myself, I have a lot of windows, your idea will helps lot.

Stephanie said...

THese are so pretty! I buy flat sheets from Walmart to use for a bunch of sewing projects as well. I love how much money it saves!

gregcalico said...

Hey Judy--
Love how your draperies turned out. This is a brand new fabric for us at Calico Corners, and it has already proven to be a great seller. If you go on our website, calicocorners.com you can see an entire room done in this fabric. I know you have a lot of talented folks following you, but for those that can't or don't have the time to sew-- Calico can make the draperies in addition to just selling the fabric. After seeing our photos of the room that this fabric was featured in, I had hundreds of requests for the paint color-- Ben Moore Dill Pickle, if any of your readers are interested. Thanks for being a Calico Corner supporter, and I like your blog--

Greg Lawrence
VP, Creative Affairs
CalicoCorners Calico Home

gregcalico said...

Hey Judy--
Your draperies look beautiful--
Even though the fabric you choose is brand new, it has already proven to be popular. There are more pictures of rooms done in this fabric at calicocorners.com. The paint color we used to go with the fabric you chose is Ben Moore Dill Pickle (sharing this as I've had hundreds of emails about this). I think your blog is both educational and inspirational-- but for those of your followers who are not up for a drapery challenge, we will sew the draperies for them as well as providing the fabric--
Keep up the good work
Best
Greg Lawrence
VP Creative Affairs
CalicoCorners Calico Home

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

really lovely - great tutorial.
cheryl xox.

At The Picket Fence said...

So glad you came over and shared this at Inspiration Friday Judy! It gave me a chance to see your gorgeous drapes again! :-)
Vanessa

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

This is such a great tutorial! And they look amazing. I love your fabric choice! Would love for you to link it up to Fabulous Friday! http://ohhbabydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabulous-friday-5-easy-artwork.html

Lindsay said...

Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much! I think yours turned out so beautiful! What a great way to dress up your windows! Thanks so much for sharing at Show & Share!

Chris said...

These turned out beautifully! I love the fabric you chose, and I love that you went with pinch pleats. They're perfect!

Mollie said...

I'm so excited to give this a try! I am currently picking out fabrics for curtains in my dining room. thanks for the tutorial!

Jason said...

These are beautiful!! I have to go find this fabric, I have no idea how to sew though. I have white curtains now and I want to go to pinch pleats. This would give me the white I like for brightness and contrast with my gray walls along with the blue and greens I have as accent colors!

rainbowcreek said...

Those are so pretty. And your tutorial is great. I sew a lot and have made drapes before but I still found your ideas very useful and easy to follow. The $5 sheet lining is genius!

Grommets Drapes said...

Hi,

Wow so beautiful! Pinch-pleat drapes are a standard in window coverings. They are versatile enough to fit any decor and attractive on a variety of window styles. Anyone who possesses basic sewing skills can make pinch-pleat drapes using a pinch-pleat tape. Once the standard drapery panels are constructed, you only need to sew the panel of pinch-pleat tape to the top of the drapery panel and gather the panels to form the pleats. Thank you...

Rachel said...

These are great and so thorough! I have a couple of questions. The first is that, since you are hemming lining and curtain fabric together on 3 sides, it's like a pillow case of sorts, right? And then flip and press. No additional seam to fasten them together? Does this hold its shape well? And second, when you sew on the pleater tape, I'm assuming you used a simple stitch on a sewing machine. Yes? Did the stitches show on the outside of the curtain? And was that ok? Did you consider stitching in a different way so they didn't show?

Thanks!

Rachel said...

These are great and so thorough! I have a couple of questions. The first is that, since you are hemming lining and curtain fabric together on 3 sides, it's like a pillow case of sorts, right? And then flip and press. No additional seam to fasten them together? Does this hold its shape well? And second, when you sew on the pleater tape, I'm assuming you used a simple stitch on a sewing machine. Yes? Did the stitches show on the outside of the curtain? And was that ok? Did you consider stitching in a different way so they didn't show?

Thanks!

Rachel said...

These are great and so thorough! I have a couple of questions. The first is that, since you are hemming lining and curtain fabric together on 3 sides, it's like a pillow case of sorts, right? And then flip and press. No additional seam to fasten them together? Does this hold its shape well? And second, when you sew on the pleater tape, I'm assuming you used a simple stitch on a sewing machine. Yes? Did the stitches show on the outside of the curtain? And was that ok? Did you consider stitching in a different way so they didn't show?

Thanks!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Can't tell you how much I love this tutorial - I've been looking to make some drapes but had no idea how to do the pinch pleat (or that there was such a thing as pleater's tape!!). Using the flat sheets as lining is genius for keeping the price low too. Now I can put my late grandma's drapery supplies to use since I know what to do now:)

Love the fabric too!

Jackie said...

Thanks. Great tutorial. (in my head ... "I can do that!") again, Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

What a great tute!! Very easy to follow. I will be making new drapes very soon for my new home that has a golf course view with very wide windows. This has given me inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking to replace some pleated drapes in my living room. I am going to Joann's to look for the "pleating tape". Yea - Now I can do this myself. Thanks!

Inggy said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this tutorial.
I have very odd sized windows and can’t seem to find any pinch pleated curtains that I can buy.
You made it look simple and I know I can sew a straight line so I think it will be possible to dress up my windows.

Jackie said...

Ditto. Thanks for making the tutorial. I've tried the no sew deal, but it lacked "something" ... I like the pleated look. Thanks. definiteley on the To Do List

Anonymous said...

Found you through Pinterest. Can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for posting this!

Leah

Eyelet curtains said...

Hey, awesome tutorial to make the Pinch Pleat curtains. I am happy i visited here as i added a new skill in me of making beautiful drapes by my own. Thanks for informative post.

Custom made curtains said...

Curtains are made out of different types of fabrics. The curtain fabric that you choose for the windows of a room should blend with the material of other upholstery and soft furnishings.

Margaret DeLany said...

This is a very good tutorial, and the fabric you chose is lovely. I am wondering if you'd comment on using sheets for drapes. I see Walmart mainstay sheets that match my comforter, and I'd line them with the sheets as you have. I love the idea of making the curtains out of kind size sheets and saving all that money. But I am not sure the drapes wouldn't turn out too flimsy. Would drapery weights offset the possible flimsiness?

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Angie said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm going to try making these for my living room. Love your curtains!

Michelle Smith said...

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Michelle Smith said...

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Jules said...

Hope I can word this question so you understand what I mean. How do you make the fabric and the pleater tape come out even? Seems simple but is there a rule for where to put the first pleat so that you get the right number of pleats for the width of the fabric? Thanks.

Reyhan Binbaz said...

Awesome tips. I like it. glass sliding doors . I always make my own curtains and have to compliment you on your clear tutorial -you are right- more thabnanything, it is very time consuming but so rewarding.

pukekome said...

They look great! Please, would you be so kind to let me know. What width pleater tape did you use? Many thanks.

tyleragent said...

Thanks for the post, and I really like that little craft. But I think I might have to do something like that, because the drapery rods and drapes that I want to get are apparently too expensive according to my husband. So we're going to have to somehow compromise.

Fabrik ETC said...

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Savannah Attic said...

Just Beautiful and Once again You made it look so Easy Love the look and colors Great Job Lisa

MIchelle Robinson said...

Hi Judy, I'm contemplating making my own pinch pleat drapes for my tub surround. I usually "assist" in these types of projects, so making that first cut is very scary. I already have the fabric. Now I just need the courage. Thanks for the tutorial.

charlotte byrum said...

Hi Judy,
Im having a little trouble trying to figure out how you work in the 4 in for the top seam of curtain...you havent mentioned in your tutorial the extra 4in you alloted when sizing/cutting the fabric for the curtain. Can you please help me. Im lost.

charlotte byrum said...

Hi Judy...I just posted last comment re top seam...can you please email me thanks

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