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How To Make Pinch Pleat Draperies

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How To Make Pinch Pleat Draperies

Pinch Pleat Drapery Instructions


It’s easy to make your own pinch pleat drapery when you follow these patterns and instructions, designed by Sue Parten, who owns a drapery workroom. 

Topics covered in the instructions include:

•list of supplies

•how to measure for different types of mounts

•how to choose fabric

•how to calculate yardage

•how to match repeats in fabric patterns

•how to cut fabric

•how to piece, sew, and hem

glossary of terms

•instructions for making your own portable drapery work table


What Is A Pinch Pleat Drapery: Pinch Pleat Draperies hang vertically from a rod,  with pleating at the top to create fullness. They can be functional (can close and open) or stationary.

Stationary panels are designed to frame a window and can also hang from medallions. Functional Pinch Pleats can be made as a pair (2 panels that split to open) or a panel (1 panel that moves to the left or right to open).  With this classic drapery you can accomplish privacy, insulation and light control as well as enhance the look of your room.


In addition to pinch pleat drapery instructions, we also offer: box pleat valances patterns, box pleat balloon valance patterns, box pleat balloon shade patterns, rod pocket drapery patterns, roman shade patterns, parafold roman shade patterns, and scarf swag patterns.

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