I think this might be my favorite no-sew project EVER!! I am so excited to show you how to make pinch pleat drapes without sewing a single pleat! Yes, that’s right, you don’t have to stitch one pleat. How is this possible? Well let me introduce you to the beauty of pleat tape.
You can buy this by the yard at any fabric store. It has skinny long pockets at one inch intervals along the length of tape.
You’ll also need 4-Prong Pleater Hooks–usually found right next to the pleat tape at the store.
So here is the disclaimer on the drapes. You don’t have to sew any pleats, but you need to attach the tape to your drapes somehow. It’s as easy as sewing a straight line along the top and bottom of the tape. I used my sewing machine to attach the pleat tape. You could possibly use a very strong iron-on hem tape or hook and loop tape, but I recommend actually sewing it on to make sure it is secured and won’t rip off over time.
Bottom line, if you can sew a straight line (or semi-straight) you can make pinch pleat drapes.
Attach your tape with the pockets facing up, making sure not to sew over the pockets. There should be enough room below the pocket to sew.
Now you’re ready to put the hooks in. It took me a few tries to get it just right, so just do your best. It’s easy to take the hook out and start again.
You can play around with it and decide how far apart you want each pinch pleat to be. I decided to skip three pockets between each hook.
You’ll get a better idea of where each prong needs to go once you do it yourself. Each of the 4 prongs went in every other pocket. So I started by inserting one prong, then I skipped one pocket, then I inserted the second prong, then I skipped one pocket, etc. The pockets that are skipped will make the pleats. You will need to adjust them a little once they are in.
It should like like this from the back once all your hooks are in place. Just a side note, the width of your drapes will shrink by almost half after all the hooks are in. It takes a bit of fabric to make those pleats.
The package of pleater hooks comes with a few single pronged hooks. These are for the ends.
Make sure to leave one pocket on the end for this hook before you start with the 4-pronged hooks.
Simply attach the outside hooks to curtain rings and you’re done.
That’s really all there is to it! I cannot tell you how easy this was. Anyone can make these and they will look fantastic.
I love how custom and professional they look.
So what to do you think? Are you feeling confident to try your hand at pinch pleats? I hope so!
Come back tomorrow to see my dining room.
I’m linking this project up to some of these parties.