How To Make A Pinch Pleat


These curtain panels have a triple pinch pleat header. Notice the photo to your left. The pinch pleats are tacked at the top instead of at the bottom of the pleat. This is just a contemporary twist on the traditional pinch pleat.

Making the pleat is super easy! I’m going to show you how in the video below.

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4 Comments on How To Make A Pinch Pleat

  1. jduerson
    November 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm (4 years ago)


    I paid someone to measure and provide me the measurements and then order my fabric. The written instruction say:

    7 yards Finished Length 105 inches
    2 width
    14 single pleats
    Bracket to Bracket 63″
    return/lapover 15″ allowed

    I cut two widths allowing for the buckram and hemming. I am okay on that part. On each side, I turned under 3″ and folded in 1.5 inches; tucked in the lining and hemmed. I have 2 finished panels of 49 inches in finished width (total of 98 inches before pleating). My rods are ordered and the shop tells me the return is 3.5 inches. I allowed 4 inches for the lapover. I pinned in the pleats and allowed 4 inches between pleats. From all I am looking at on Youtube videos, it appears I will only get 5 pleats with a standard spacing between each pleat. That will finish out approximately 24 inches (doubled) 48 inches (much less than 63 inches). Am I misinterpreting the shop instructions, or are single pleats different than a pinch pleat?

    Judy Duerson

    • Jen Thoden
      December 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Judy,

      So… one width = 54″
      You turned in 3″ on each side… so you now have a finished flat panel of 48″
      You need this panel to have pleats and still equal 31″
      The return is 3.5″ and you want 4″ for the overlap… that leaves you 46.5″ of fabric to work with.
      Subtract 7.5 from 31″… that’s 23.5″
      You have room for twice fullness to convert 46.5″ into 23.5″.
      I don’t know what videos you are watching… you should try the pleat calculator on this site to help you.
      It still sounds like you’ll get 5 pleats with 4″ spacing. It’s the fabric between the return and overlap that will result in 24″
      Add back in the 7.5″ for return and overlap and you get 31.5″.
      Double is 63″

      Hope this helps


  2. Judy
    September 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm (1 year ago)

    I really enjoyed your sewing sheer fabric; however, does your basic instructions applied to sewing with satin type fabrics also.

    • Jen Thoden
      October 27, 2016 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

      Great question, Judy.

      I would say yes. Satin can be just as slippery and tricky. Remember to test your method before diving in.



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