Are you familiar with window treatments made with Cartridge pleat detailing?
They normally have a very contemporary look.
Being more of a traditionalist, I’ve never been that wild about them…until I saw a picture of cartridge pleat panels with a wide fringe.
This white cotton trim was only $6.99/yard at Hob Lob – a bargain for a 5″ fringe.
I published the tutorial for these lined panels last week, left as simple clip panels.
This outdoor fabric is very stiff. You might remember I didn’t add buckram to this header – due to the fabric’s stiffness.
I also stitched the header along the lower edge of the turned-down part, knowing it was visible from the front. Look closely. Can you see it – about 4″ from the upper edge?
It made everything easier to manage while sewing the cotton macramé-look fringe onto the header, and the stitch line is hidden under the trim.
I stitched the trim’s edge 2 inches from the panel’s upper edge.
The tape trick (above) really helps keep everything aligned. (Who needs pins?)
After sewing the trim along the top and side edges, I pressed it to get everything smooth and even.
To form the cartridge pleats, you’ll need to mark your panel as you would for any other type of pleat.
Let’s Mark Pleats the Easy Way!
Fold your panel in half and stretch out on a flat surface.
The fold is the center of your middle pleat. Measure 3″ from the fold and place marking pins there on the upper and under fabrics. Center pleat is marked.
From the center pleat pins, measure over another 3-1/2″ for the space between pleats and place pins there in the upper and under fabrics. Now measure 6″ from those pins and mark the upper and under fabrics for the pleats on each side of the center pleat.
From those sets of pins, repeat the 3-1/2″ and 6″ markings above for your final sets of pleats. Both ends remaining at your side hems should be around 3″ and equal. If not exactly equal, it’s close enough.
Now fold the 6″ measurement sections in half and pin each pleat together.
Here are all five pleats, pinned and ready for sewing. (If you need further clarification, see my Pinch Pleat Drapery Panel Tutorial.)
Stitch each pleat from the upper edge straight down into the panel 3″-4″ – beside the pleat fold (3″ from fold). I stitched deeper into the panel, about 4-1/2″ to the final cross-thread of the fringe.
Again, the tape edge at 3″ from needle helps to keep the stitch line straight.
Now for the fun part…the easy and totally transforming part.
Cut short sections of pipe insulation (from the plumbing section of home improvement store).
Pull cut opening apart and bring one edge inside the other.
Squeeze roll to tighten it as you insert into each pleat opening. Open roll as much as possible to fill the pleat and make everything snug.
Repeat until all pleats are filled with insulation.
Woohoo! You’re done!
The macramé fringe looks sort of 1970’s, doesn’t it?
Next up for this bedroom? Pillow shams, of course…coming soon, y’all. 🙂
Have you made cartridge pleats? Did they look similar to these?