My First Attempt at Pinch-Pleated Drapes

August 09, 2013

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I’m a bad blogger. I start all sorts of projects (sometimes I even finish them) and then don’t blog about them until months later. Here’s one such project which I first mentioned in March.

You may remember last year I asked for a little help in figuring out how much fabric I needed to makes drapes for my living room. I was planning on buying some lovely fabric and wanted to make sure I bought enough given there was a pattern, and the window is rather large. I bought the fabric and then had a bit of a nervous breakdown at the thought of trying to actually makes drapes as I’d never attempted them before. Adding to the panic – I wanted to make pinch-pleated drapes – not the easier tab or rod pocket style, and I wanted them to be fully lined. I decided a trial run was needed to assure myself that a complete novice could do it.

My bedroom windows were elected for my first foray into sewing drapes, and I collected my supplies. I decided to keep it as simple at possible and stuck with a plain white fabric (I think it was this, and this was the lining). While it wouldn’t allow me to practice matching a pattern, the plain white best suits the design plan I have for my bedroom. I also wanted simple drapery hardware so I chose this rod and finials from Ikea because they were simple and inexpensive.
bedroom curtain pleats

white curtains touching the floor
Just touching the floor
This isn’t a how-to post simply because there are a lot of really great tutorials on the web about how to sew drapes. I mostly used this one by Kristi, and I relied on YouTube to teach myself how to sew a blind hem. This tutorial video was pretty good, and I practiced for a while on scrap fabric.
bedroom curtains on a dark curtain rod

White bedroom curtains
My new 8ft tall pinch-pleated drapes
It was a lot of work, but in the end I’m quite pleased with the result. More importantly I’m not quite as nervous to try making drapes for my living room. What do you think? Do they look okay? Have you ever sewn pinch-pleated drapery panels, or other types of window coverings?

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  1. Thy turned out really nicely! I'm always intimidated by new sewing projects but once you get your feet wet they're not so bad.

  2. They look great! I want to try pinch pleated drapes, but haven't yet worked up the courage. Here's another great tutorial from Natalie at Natty by Design:

  3. I think they look great! I just bought a huge whack of fabric because I think I'm going to make my own drapes for the living room as well. Really not sure how it's going to turn out, haha.

    Good call on practicing on scrap fabric first for your hems! I need to remember to do that.

  4. These look fantastic! I like that you chose white fabric - I have a thing for curtains matching the wall color. I can tell by the way they are hanging that they have a great weight. Good job!


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