How to make pinch pleat curtains with tape? You will have to place it, tape it, hook it, and that’s it!
A creative mind can take you wondrous experiences and creates innovation that makes tasks and life more manageable.
Just like what I had found out when I was trying to get my curtains pleated, I found a great way to pleat them like a pro.
I know some of you have encountered this problem and have difficulty figuring this one out by yourself.
Good news! You’re not alone as we do too. But let me share with you an eye-widening experience of mine.
When it comes to designing and stuff, I was the one they rely on for help, so when my mother told me to fix and beautify the curtains, I said okay.
I tread pleating the curtains, but I saw that it wasn’t even at all as soon as I was almost done.
So I tried to find a way to make it even. I’ve browsed and scrolled so many web pages.
I tried to read some of them, but there were many steps involved, which is a bit hard to understand.
But luckily, upon scrolling some more, I found a great lifesaver. The pleat tape!
It was a total time and effort saver.
So let me tell you more about it further down below.
Pleat Tape For Curtain
A pleat tape is a type of tape to be attached to your curtain to have even pleats.
It has uniform gaps and allowances.
You won’t have to measure anything but the curtain and windows only. But does this works?
Steps To Make Pinch Pleat Curtains With Tape
So how to make pinch pleat curtains with tape? It is easy.
You have to follow these simple few steps:
Step #1. Prepare
Prepare the following set of tools and materials we will use for this project.
You could use fabric if you have any of you can already purchase a ready-made curtain.
These pleat tapes are usually available at tailoring shops, but you can always purchase one online.
Sewing machine/sewing kit
If you have sewing machines, the better, but you could always switch it up to the traditional way of sewing, which is by hand if you don’t.
Your sewing kit should have the following:
- Measuring tape
- Tailor’s chalk or pencil
The one you use when you’re ironing your clothes is enough.
We’re not particularly looking for anything specific.
Step #2. Measure
Next is to measure your windows.
Find out the width and the height of the curtain necessary to cover your window.
Since you will pleat the curtains, make it look fuller by making the width of the window twice o thrice the original measured width.
The length will vary depending on you.
Measure from the top of the window frame up to the ceiling.
Divide the measurements by two and mark the area.
Starting from the marked point, measure way down.
You can stop if you want a window sill length or down to the floor.
Apply the measurements to your curtain or fabric when you cut it.
But if you have a ready-made curtain, you won’t have to do all of those work.
Step #3. Sew
When it comes to sewing, you should have at least a basic knowledge of it.
So if you are going to sew the curtain, here is a quick guide.
For those in the United Kingdom who have their curtains ready with them, your next step should involve the pleated tape.
Grab your pleated tape and cut it according to your curtain’s width.
Remember to place the pleated tape at the top portion of your curtain.
After cutting it, secure it into place using pins.
After pinning the tape into place, iron it down together with the curtain.
Ironing the tape will make it easier to sew later.
After ironing, sew the tape to the curtain using a sewing machine or sew it by hand.
Make sure to use thread according to the curtain colour.
We don’t want the stitches to go visible. Cut excess threads that may have been dangling.
To make a neater look when you hang them up, iron the whole curtain.
I know it’s tiresome, but you’ll see the results of your hard work later.
Step #4. Attach
Next is to decide on the width of each pleat.
The pleated tape has pockets inside where you will place the curtain hooks.
3-4 pockets in between could already make your curtain defined.
Then attach each one of the hooks with 3-4 pocket gaps.
Some curtain hooks could slip to two pockets, so if you’re going to use these, make it to 2-3 pockets in between.
Hang them on a rod and make sure that the pleats pointed out in the same direction.
Once that’s done, let the curtains drop down and see what you created. Amazing right?
Now that you know how to make pinch pleat curtains with tape, what do you think?
Was it a lot easier? Or was it a bit harder than not using the pleated tapes?
That’s why I love innovations.
These innovations make things easier but still have the right amount of fun.
Try to make your visitors jealous of your new pleated curtain.