I recently completed some panels for a friend. You might recognize these as a similar treatment I’ve made before.
Do you remember the panels I made for our master bedroom? (Click the picture if you want to go to that post.)
The panels for my friend were made exactly the same way, except for a slight adjustment.
To construct the panels, you’ll need the following three tutorials:
Clip panels are made the same way as pinch pleat panels, except you stop before the pleating step. To find out how to measure for your pleats, go to Pinch-Pleat Drapery Panels – Tutorial.
I know this is a lot of tutorials! But, I wouldn’t expect you to do them all in one day, just as I wouldn’t expect you to make an entire set of panels in one day. Besides, many of you sew and don’t need to see all of the steps.
Getting back to the French pleats, here’s the difference.
Rather than sewing the pleats 3-4″ from the top edge, you sew them at the top edge.
See? It’s really not that different…except it totally changes the look of the draperies.
I hope you’re inspired to try them sometime. It’s a very popular look.
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