How To Make Pinch Pleat Curtains


Learn how to sew professional pinch pleated drapes with step by step illustrated instructions and detailed video tutorials. Jenny T. shows you how to sew unlined, lined and interlined pinch pleated drapes. Triple pinch pleats, french pleats, goblet pleats and box pleats.


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5 Comments on How To Make Pinch Pleat Curtains

  1. Jenny T.
    August 17, 2009 at 8:12 am (8 years ago)

    Want to make inverted pleated drapes?

    Watch the Step 10 video for the different pleats.

    You’ll see one for a box pleat. The video shows you how to make the pleat with the box pleat on the front of the drape.

    All an inverted pleat is.. is a box pleat with the pleat on the lining side of the drape.

    So, instead of folding the fabric wrong sides together to create the initial pleat, you’ll fold the heading fabric sides together. Then when you sew down on that first pleat, you’ll have the seam on the front of the drape. Flatten the pleat on the back of the drape like the box pleat.

  2. Brigitte Davila
    September 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm (8 years ago)


    Is there any way to customize the e-book? I am making pinch pleat drapes with pleating tape for a ceiling-hung traverse rod. I’ve never done this before and I have miles of gorqeous silk dupioni that I don’t want to ruin.

    To prepare for this big adventure I would like to customize the ebook to minimize confusion and save a bit on printing. I tried to delete the options I don’t need but the pdf would not let me. Maybe, because it is secured?! Is there a way to customize the e-books for our particular project?

    • Jenny T.
      September 4, 2009 at 9:26 am (8 years ago)

      There’s no way to actually edit the ebook for obvious security reasons. But, you could simply print only the pages you need. There should be an option when you print to print all or page range. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions for constructing your drapes. I’m glad to help.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:04 am (7 years ago)

    Dear Jenny:

    I used to design and manufacture window treatments but have forgotten a few steps. Since I sold the business nearly 20 year ago, I hope I will find the answers I need from your site.

    FYI – the term “drapes” refers only to things that are draped across an area. The proper term for you to use is “draperies”. I know you have printed out a ton of material using the word “drapes”, but you might want to keep this in mind if you publish new editions.


    • Jenny T.
      August 13, 2010 at 7:07 am (7 years ago)

      Thank you Doris for your feedback. The fact is, lots of people search online for the word drapes even though they mean draperies. So, I need to use both terms in order to be found online. These days, I think only the pros know the difference. 🙂


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