Yup, I finally got off my buttocks and did a pleater tape tutorial!
You know the drill....
Pee - DONE!
Coffee - DONE!
Snacks - DONE!
Now you are all set for a good long talk about pleater tape. I admit I am a sucker for anything pleated. I love pleats! Box pleats are my favorite. I prefer pleats over ruffles. Sorry for you ruffle loving gals, I don't mean to offend!
So..... pleater tape....
.... it looks like this. It's a stiff webbing material. See the vertical lines? They are "pockets" that are evenly spaced and run the length of the tape.
I stuck my seam ripper in so you can see the pocket. It's only open on one end. That end you want at the bottom so you can insert drapery hooks in. There are 2 lines of stitching on this end so you know which it is. There is 2 different sizes of pleater tape too. One has wider spacing and that is for drapes. The one with the smaller makes smaller pleats and that is for sheers.
Now pin on your pleater tape. I still have my seam ripper in there so you can see what I mean about the pocket opening facing the hem. Hopefully, I will remember to take it out before sewing.
Now just sew a straight seam across the top and the bottom. I try to stay on that stitching line across the top and between the two stitching lines on the bottom. That way I know I am not sewing and pockets closed. That would suck!
I also don't sew the sides, but you will see why in a minute.
There are two styles of drapery hooks. Unfortunately you need enough of each. The one on the left is going to make our pleats. The one on the left only is going to go one on each end. That way your ends stay close to the rod and not get all floppy.
Here is a pic of both on the curtain. Each tine of the pleater hook goes in a pocket. The end ones pin through. That is why I keep my ends open. I only want to pin through the tape and not the curtain.
This is what it looks like on the other side. Now just take a seat on the bed. I have to put up a new curtain rod.
The old style next to the new one. I also have a little something up my sleeve to finish these off too.
But I will save that for the big reveal on Saturday!
So.... TA TA! for now!