How To Make Pinch Pleat Curtains | An Easy DIY Guide

When it comes to window styling, several options are there to choose from, regarding fabric and curtain heading styles. Pinch pleat is one of the traditional yet unique curtain heading styles. This highly decorative heading is made by drawing a lot of fabric together and stitching in a bunch at the top of the curtain panel. These curtains look beautiful in all interior settings whether casual or formal.

Fabric for these curtains and their design can be of your choice and style. Instead of hitting the market to shop for these curtains, you can make these traditional heading-style curtains by yourself. In this piece of writing, you will learn the easiest steps to make pinch-pleat window curtains.

Step By Step Guide To Make Pinch Pleat Drapes

It might look difficult to make these curtains but people with any level of sewing skills can sew them easily with our comprehensive guide. To ensure a smooth process, gather all the needed tools first.

Grab Requisite Tools And Materials

Grab Requisite Tools And Materials

  • Fabric
  • Curtain pleats
  • Curtain hooks
  • Pleat tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
  • Scissor
  • Thread & Pins
  • Iron

Step 1: Measure And Cut

Measure And Cut

Initiate the pinch pleat-making process with precise measurements of the curtain fabric by the window size. Length can be your personal choice for styling but for width, you have to be considerate. As fabric needs to be pleated into multiple bunches, buy the fabric in additional width accordingly. Take your tape measure and note down the original to extended width on the paper.

Consider the amount of space you want to give in between each pleat. You can customize the look of your curtains with the number of pinch pleats. Use the multi-pleat pleater tape and attach the pleater hooks. For this, insert each prong into separate pockets or you can skip pockets to create deeper pleats. Mark where you want to end the pleater tape and take out the pins. Measure the width of the tape without pleats and cut the fabric by it.

Step 2: Hem And Sew The Panel Sides

Hem And Sew The Panel Sides

Make sure to prepare the fabric and remove the wrinkles and creases by ironing it. Here comes the step of hemming the sides of the panels. Hem the sides of the curtain panel by folding the edges over ¾ and pressing it with iron. Fold the panel over one another and iron again.

Sew down the fabric in length by using a sewing machine. Backstitch the fabric and make sure to secure the stitches from the edges of the drapes. Repeat the same procedure for the other side of the curtains.

Step 3: Sew The Top And Bottom

Sew The Top And Bottom

For pinch pleat curtains, the bottom hem is going to be the same. The folding of fabric from the bottom can be extended a bit and you have to count that in the height measurements. Hem the bottom and sew it like the side panels.

If you want to hang the curtains first, you must sew the bottom hem last. For the heading, fold the fabric to 4’ and press, then fold the other 4’ and iron it again. Sew the fabric along the sides and across or backstitch them from beginning to end. Avoid the extra stitches at this point as you will have to pin the tape later.

Step 4: Attach Pleater Tape And Hooks

Attach Pleater Tape And Hooks

Here comes the process of attaching the pleater tape to the fabric. To pin in the pleater tape, lay it at the back of the curtain top and then fold it under the end. Make sure that the pockets are facing out and on the bottom of the tape.

Notice the different color threads and sew the fabric with pleater tape from around the edges. Take your pleat hooks and prong them in the pockets through their ends. Secure the hooks with the bottom piece while pushing them in. Repeat the same process for the rest of the pleats and secure them properly.

Step 5: Tack The Pleats And Hang

Tack The Pleats And Hang

Depending on the type of pleats, you can tack them. For the French pleats, you have to pinch them from the base to give a more clean and refined look. You can sew in the pleats together with your hands. When tacking, begin from the inside of the pleats so that the knots are hidden.

To tack them perfectly, go in and out of the pleats multiple times and cut the thread after. In the end, hang the hooks on the curtain hardware (rings) like the eyelet curtains using a step ladder.

Here you are done with the do-it-yourself making of pinch pleat curtains for your home decoration.

In The End

Pinch pleat is one of the unique curtain heading styles that adds to the visual appeal of the curtains as well as the entire home decor. You can make these drapes yourself by reviewing our guide. Start with gathering the needed tools and take appropriate measurements. Prepare and cut the fabric to size, and sew their sides, top, and bottom after pinning in the pleats hooks.

After attaching the pleater hooks, you can tack the pleats and here you are done with the DIY crafting of pinch pleat curtains. Different types of hooks can be used for making these curtains and fabrics can be of your personal choice too.

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