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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > I'm making pinch pleated curtains Need a little help. ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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I'm making pinch pleated curtains Need a little help.
I look and look and look on how to figure the spacing for the pleats and how many.
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Date: 10/11/12 9:38 PM

I'm making some curtains for my son and daughter-law new home. They have One large living room window
120 wide and 54 long.
In the passed I could never get the measurement to come out right.
I looked on line and looked at my 'books. It's just a little confusing.
I know some of you are more experience at this then I am.

Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Subject: Im making pinch pleated curtains Need a little help. Date: 10/12/12 8:23 AM

I'm sorry, but what is your question? If I'm making pinch pleated draperies, I usually go 2-1/2 to 3 times the width -- I can make really nice, deep pleats. For 54" length I would add -- double 4"hem = 8" + add another 8" for the header/casing, etc. 54 + 8 + 8 = 70" cut length. Hope this helps a little.

I made some drapes for a friend who was living in a converted factory. His windows were gi-normous -- each panel was 4.5 YARDS long. Once lined, etc. they were very heavy and difficult to work with -- however, they were amazing once we got them done!! well worth the labor of love!!

Good luck!

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Date: 10/12/12 10:48 AM

I'm going to copy what Baychel said. Measure 2.5 to three times the width (the fuller the width, the more pleats you can make). Every five to 8 inches, make a pleat about 1-1/2" deep (total takeup is 3"). You can also measure this out math-wise, but I'm not too good at that. I made pinch pleated drapes for my family room (four windows) and placed a piece of fabric about 6" long and 2.5 times the width on my window and used it to practice where I wanted the pleats and how deep I should make them. And old sheet is great for this, but you don't need all the length of window; just enough to work with. It works as a template.

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Subject: Im making pinch pleated curtains Need a little help. Date: 10/12/12 1:55 PM

At Joann's in the home dec department there is this strip you can sew onto your curtain to get the pleated perfectly pleated and spaces. There's a string in the middle that you pull and everything cinches up. You do have to plan so your pleats start and end so it looks pleasing.

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Date: 10/12/12 2:21 PM

Just Google "how to make pinch pleated drapes" and you will get both tutorials and videos on You Tube. Sorry I didn't check them out. I used to make these drapes a lot (moved a lot as a military spouse) but can't remember details any more. There are also books available on the subject and I think that is where I got some basic information. As mentioned, if you want to spend a bit, the pleating tape is also an option.

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Date: 10/12/12 4:12 PM

I have not had great success with pinch pleat tape, i find it does n,t give a smart clean pleat, I prefer handpleating with buckram. I use a book by Merrick and Day "Blinds, curtains and cushions" for my curtain making and roman blinds, really really good.

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Date: 10/12/12 4:21 PM

Calculating the pleats works better than the tape because it's easier to adjust. There is a table in the Singer book "Sewing for the Home". I've used it more than once and it works perfectly. I'm not home now, but I have a scan of the page if you need it.

If you are making 2 panels that draw from the middle, I'd use 3 widths of 54" wide fabric for each panel.
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Date: 10/12/12 4:50 PM

You need 5 or 6 widths, total, for the window x 70" cuts.....this is assuming no pattern repeat. So, 10-12 yds, depending on how full you want them.

Or, are you already to the point of figuring pleats and spaces? Tell me the size of your returns (space from rod to wall,) amount of space to cover (rod length,) and amount of fabric to pleat up & I can help. Usually, there are 5 to 6 pleats per width of fabric.

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Date: 10/12/12 7:02 PM

Yes that would help. I have figured i need 4 panels. for each side and 64 long. I think I will have to make 13 pleats I think.
I just been calulating with differen't figures from differen't companys. I also watch the youtube videos. It just isn't what I'm looking for I want the real know how to do thing. My curtain material is 43 inches wide.
thanks to all who gave me good information.

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Date: 10/12/12 8:54 PM

Ok, first you need the finished drapery width. Measure the width of the rod and add the returns(how far the rod projects from the wall) and add 3 1/2" for the overlap. Take that number and divide by 2 to get the finished panel width. Now the Singer book says to figure 6 pleats for 54" wide fabric and 5 pleats for 48" so I would figure 4 pleats for your 43" wide fabric. So 4 widths of fabric times 4 pleats is a total of 16 pleats. The number of spaces is one less than the number of pleats - so you would have 15 spaces. Now take your finished panel width (that you figure above) subtract your overlap (3 1/2") and returns. Divide that number by the number of spaces which is 15. That number gives you your distance between pleats. Now onto the pleats. How wide is your finished , hemmed panel after you sew your 4 widths together. Take that number and subtract your finished panel width from above. That's the amount that needs to be taken up by the pleats. Divide that number by the total of 16 pleats. That will give you how deep each pleat is.

If it's hard for you, just tell me the numbers and I'll figure it for you. Like I said, I've done more than a few. Also helpful to have a math degree!

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