French Pleat Drapery Panels

French Pleat Panels

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.)

Euro Pleat Panels

Double-Pleat Drapery Panels – Tutorial

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:

Panel Hem, Step One in Drapery Panel Construction

Panel Side Hems, Step Two in Draper Panel Construction

Easy Clip Panels – Tutorial

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.

Three-Finger Pleats

Rather than sewing the pleats 3-4″ from the top edge, you sew them at the top edge.

Sewing French Pleats

See?  It’s really not that different…except it totally changes the look of the draperies.

Creating French Pleats

I hope you’re inspired to try them sometime.  It’s a very popular look.

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  1. tammy says

    Been looking for something for the Master bedroom and I think I have finally found it …Thank you for sharing

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    YES, I like this much better than the old way also……. but sorry, you sold me on the two pleat already and I think that is froo froo enough for me now. Plus, it takes a tiny tadge less fabric, less fabric = less expense, albeit not much. But mainly just way easier to my thinking and that is my way now.

    • Kim Hood says

      Yes, I’m really liking the two-pleat, also. Since I made my bedroom panels, I’ve started noticing that style everywhere!