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Pleated Drapery From Rod Pocket Curtains

Why Would I Want Old Fashioned Pinch Pleated Drapery? I’m About to Tell YouI know, you are probably thinking, “Why does she want pinch pleated drapery instead of the stylish grommet or rod pocket drapery?” Because with the newer styles of drapery, you must grab hold of the fabric to canada goose factory outlet open and close them. Over time, the natural oils in your hands will soil the fabric. The living room curtains in our previous home were silk. They now have a spot from where I closed them too soon after putting lotion on my hands. Now I want official canada goose outlet the draw rods so I can open and close them with just the pull of a cord, never having to touch the fabric.

It’s not the pleats I want as much as it is the draw cord for opening and closing the drapery, but my experience is that the draw (traverse) rods seem canada goose coats to work better with pleated drapery. These pleats will be covered with a topper/valance that I canada goose outlet jackets will make from a coordinating fabric shown below.

After searching everywhere for just the right pinch pleated drapery for our new bedroom I gave up and made my own well, sort of. Canada Goose Outlet It was far easier than I thought it would be. So easy that I want to share how to make pinch pleated drapery from rod pocket curtains with you.

Tape for Making Pinch PleatsHow Much Do You Need?

This is the “pleat tape” used to make pleats with 4 pronged pins. The tape has little slender “pockets” for the prongs of the drapery pins. This photo shows the tape already sewn onto ready made rod pocket curtains that I purchased. After cutting your tape to the necessary length, simply sew the tape across the top of your drapery panels, making sure to position the tape so the opening of the little canada goose outlet toronto factory pockets open downward. Then follow the directions below.

You will need to decide how far apart you want your pleats canada goose outlet store uk to be. Skipping one of the little slender pockets between each pleat will set the pleats 3 inches apart (one inch = 2.54 cm). Each little pocket is 1/4 inch wide. You need 4 pockets for each 4 pronged pin. For the tape that I used, 5 and 1/4 inches was needed for each pleat.

These instructions assume you are using existing drapery, but if you are making drapery: you will need to measure the width of your window. Then add 12 inches: 3 on the outside of each drapery panel for turning toward the wall on each side of goose outlet canada the window, and 3 on the inside of each panel for the overlap when the draperies meet in the middle of the window.

You can buy the pleat tape by the yard at most fabric stores or online. I bought mine at JoAnn’s Fabrics because I wanted canada goose outlet online uk it “right now”.

These Are the Pins I UsedThese are the pins you will need to use with this type pleat tape. Between each of the 4 prongs (or tines) will be 3 little folds of fabric that will become your pleats. This is shown in detail below. The single canada goose pronged canada goose outlet new york city pins go on each end of each panel where pleats are not needed. These pins by Wright’s are perfect. They are just what I needed, and do exactly what I expected.

I ordered these pins from Amazon. They came Canada Goose Online in just a few days, far sooner canada goose outlet nyc than the uk canada goose outlet estimated delivery date given. With this order you get 3 little bags. Each bag holds 10 4 pronged pins and 4 single pronged pins. This is enough for 2 standard sized windows.

This is Where The 3 Inches on Each End Come Into PlayIn order to prevent light from coming in, and people from seeing in, all drapery should be turned toward the wall on each side of the window. No pleat is needed at the point where the drapery meets the wall, so this is where you need the single pronged pins.

Even with decorative rods, where the drapery hangs below the rod from decorative rings, the drapery should be turned toward the wall on each side of the window. These rods do have a little opening for a pin to be inserted, which will hold the drapery in place.

Sometimes You Want Your Traverse Rods canada goose outlet online to Show, Sometimes You Don’t. canada goose coats on sale We have cheap canada goose these rods in our bedroom and on the sliding glass doors looking out onto our lanai

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The Finished DraperyThese photos do not do justice to the beautiful aqua blue color of this nubby silk look fabric. It is a soft, medium light blue with just a hint of aqua. It looks fabulous against the linen color of the walls in the master bedroom of our new home where the tray ceiling has been painted a robin’s egg blue.

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