Do you remember seeing these drapery panels two weeks ago in New Bedroom Draperies – Phase One? I made these window treatments for our bedroom and didn’t know exactly what to call them – because they’re different from the norm.
Have you seen pinch pleats with only two “pinches” before?
Nah…I thought not.
I made it up. After seeing panels pinched at the top of the pleat in a magazine, I had my inspiration.
The beginning portion of panel is covered in Panel Hem, Step One in Drapery Panel Construction and Panel Side Hems, Step Two in Drapery Panel Construction. The next step is to sew the top portion of the panel.
Turn the panel’s top edge down 3-3/4″ (fold to the back side of fabric) and press. Sew your buckram or pleater tape to that turned-down part along the fold. I used pleater tape, but it will be hidden under the fabric, so buckram would have worked just as well. (I didn’t have enough buckram on hand.)
After attaching the buckram or pleater tape to your window treatment, fold the entire flap over and press.
Once pressed, sew the outer edge of the panel where it’s turned down. I like to follow along the side hem stitch line.
You’re ready to measure and mark the pleats with pins.
You’ll find specifics about pleat measurements in Pinch-Pleat Drapery Panels – Tutorial.
Sew the pinned pleats 2″ from the edge in a straight line to the edge. This forms the back side of the pleat.
Next, you want to open each pleat and flatten it open.
Do you ever alter your plans mid-project? While pinching these pleats, three pleats (called a two-finger pleat) were too bunched up to sew easily. The pleater tape and three layers of fabric turns out to be very thick! So, I just folded it to form a double pleat.
I can’t explain it. It was just a whim. They won’t be “right” in the view of the experts. Sometimes you have to try new things – and, voila!. A new invention is born.
Sew along the upper edge of each folded pleat.
I don’t think these pleats merit a patent or anything like that. I’ll even allow you to copy me if you like the look. Surely, there’s someone else in the world who has tried this. Someone sort of anti-establishment. Someone living on the edge.
Or, it could be someone like me, who just had a change of plans mid-stream – just to be a little different.
With clip rings on your valance, installation is very easy.
I’ll cover installing rods later this week, y’all. 🙂
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