If you read my Magnolias on Pink and Gold tablescape post, you saw this fabric used as a table-cloth before starting this project for my friend’s grand-daughter’s bedroom.
I hope to get pictures of the treatments after they are hung in the room. I can’t guarantee that, though.
This special friend wanted a set of panels for one window and a non-functioning empire balloon shade for the other window. If you promise not to tell, here’s a sneak peek at the empire shade arranged on the floor. It will look so much better hanging from rings on a rod!
The window is short, so this treatment will just cover the space from the crown molding to inside the upper edge of the window opening. It gives the illusion that one-third of the window is covered by the shade. (Except that the other window with panels across the room will give it away by the wall space above that window.)
Both windows have blinds, so the treatments will never be closed.
My friend bought all the fabric available, and it wasn’t quite enough. I made the hem and header folds from lining fabric. Everything you see from the front is all of the yardage. The great thing about that is it totally works, and no one ever has to know. 🙂
These butterfly pleats are very easy. Just measure off your pleats and stitch the initial stitch line like usual for regular pleats.
Split each pleat open and flatten.
Before you do any stitching, fold into a two-finger fold and finger press there.
Then flatten the pleat again and hand stitch the top of each fold at the corners along the top edge of the header.
Pinch your two-finger pleat into place again and sew a small stitch across the two folds at about 3-1/2 inches from the top edge.
You’re done. Wasn’t that easy? Aren’t these pretty butterflies?
One thing to remember is to leave the first pleat corner on each outer edge un-stitched. The edge of the curtain will need to return to the wall without pulling the pleat into a funny contortion.
Back in the old days, I would have installed these and “dressed” them correctly before leaving the job. But in this case, my friend will take these to her daughter in another state and dress them herself. She’d planned to make these treatments – as she has in the past – but she needed a little relief this time. Sometimes life gets too complicated, you know?
It’s nice to be able to help a friend who needs a little break. Besides, I thought you might like to see these butterfly pleats and how easy they are to sew with just a few simple stitches while watching TV at night.
So, what do you think? Do you like the look of these pleats enough to make them sometime?