When I started thinking about refreshing my dining room I knew I wanted pinch pleated drapes. After reading this post at LGN I was pretty convinced that using pleating tape and pleater hooks was the way to go, but when I decide I want to do something I'm waaaay to impatient(and cheap!) to order something online (and pay shipping for it!). Lucky for me, my local Joann's fabric sells the pleater hooks and a very similar pleating tape by the yard!
The hooks look like this:
and the tape looks like this: Those white vertical lines that look like stripes are actually little pockets woven into the fabric. You make a simple rectangular panel and then sew this tape to the top edge. Then you insert the four prongs of the hooks into every other stripe-pocket (leaving several inches between each hook) to form the pinch pleats. So easy! And goof-proof!
I'm really pleased with how they turned out and I love this fabric!
(excuse the mess on the sideboard! )
I also got all the trim and the walls below the chair-rail painted! Next up (if I can get over my fear of saws!) Faux wainscoting ala Thrifty Decor Chick!