Friday, July 2, 2010

Easy Pinch-Pleat Drapes


Voila!


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!

Love,


19 comments:

  1. Seriously, I didn't know it was so easy to do, got me to thinkin' :)

    The fabric is very pretty.

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  2. Loving the drapes! Still mad that you didn't give me that fabric.

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  3. Hey Pam, me again :)

    I noticed that you have a round rod, how did you hang the drapes on it?

    The pinch pleated drapes I remember my mum having, went on a white rod with little roller things that you hung the hooks on.

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  4. Lookin' good! I leave anything with sharp machinery up to T, but I bet you can figure it out. :) Good luck!!

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  5. Great job! & I love the dining chairs!

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  6. Awesome! I love the fabric you chose!

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  7. Oh I adore this project. It is going in my style file for sure!

    Happy 4th of July!

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  8. I really like how your room is shaping up. I've never (!) used the pleat tape before, although I may have some around here. I'm glad you gave us a mini tutorial :).

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  9. So glad you posted about this! I will for sure try this soon - I love pinch pleat drapes.

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  10. I have been wanting to try pinch pleats. This method is sooooo much easier than what I was envisioning. THANKS so much for posting it!

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  11. Love the drapes. Soo pretty! I'm with ya on the saw. I'm dying to use ours, but I'm afraid I'm an emergency room visit looking for a place to happen.

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  12. Your dining room looks so pretty! Awesome job on the drapes...they're beautiful!

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  13. Love your new drapes, the fabric is gorgeous and your slipcovers for the chairs are just stunning. Beautiful fabric too. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Oh my gosh! I had no idea this existed! I made pinch pleat drapes the old fashioned way...with an iron, needle and thread! BUT, I DID use one shortcut...tablecloths! They are so cute and inexpensive when you find them at a discount store like homegoods! And there is no cutting of fabric of long edges to sew. Just a hem at the bottom if they are too long!
    Emily
    http://helpemilylose.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful! Thanks for the tips. I need to make new drapes for my dining room but have rally been putting it off! When I finally figure it out I'll be using your tips. Looking forward to following you!
    Alissa

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  16. Hi Pam, I just wanted to let you know I featured your chairs at Fabric Fun Thursday (it looks like they were a hit in blogland, I think I saw them featured elsewhere) you certainly deserve it!

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  17. Pam, your dining room is looking absolutely wonderful! Your chair slipcovers are just beautiful, and your draperies are lovely as well. It's so kind of you to share patterns and instructions. Your work is way, way beyond my elementary sewing skills, but I still like to see what you've done. Congratulations!

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