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How do you pleat curtains?

Last Updated: 6th April, 2020

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Also asked, do you have to gather pencil pleat curtains?

If your curtain has a pencil pleat heading, you must start by knotting together the three rows of string at the top of the heading tape. To create gather, start by measuring your curtain pole and add 6 inches. Then, half the total number and this is what you must pull your curtains to.

Subsequently, question is, can you hang pencil pleat curtains on a track? Hanging pencil pleat curtains on a track. - Along the track: place the hooks at 4' intervals The curtain or voile curtain is ready to be hung. Thanks to these fixtures, you can adapt your pencil pleat curtains to a track: position them along the top of the curtain at intervals of around 6' and tighten the screws firmly

Keeping this in consideration, why do my curtains not hang straight?

Wrap each vertical stack with wide strips of fabric or other soft bindings to keep the folds in place without adding unwanted creases. If you have full-length draperies, bind them in at least three to four places along each column to help set the straight folds. As the fabric cools and dries, the soft folds should set.

Are pencil pleat curtains old fashioned?

Many people believe that pencil pleat curtains are old-fashioned when compared to eyelet curtains, which have ringlets incorporated into the fabric itself - but this is far from a blanket rule. Pencil pleat can look just as stylish as eyelet curtains in a contemporary apartment or new-build house.

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Ikhlas Cansai

Explainer

How do you make pinch pleat curtains with tape?

Instructions
  1. Step 1: Measure & cut.
  2. Step 2: Sew the sides of the panel.
  3. Step 3: Sew the top & bottom.
  4. Step 4: Attach the pleater tape & hooks.
  5. Step 5: Tack the pleats (optional)

Voncile Cara

Pundit

Should you iron curtains before hanging?

Start by steaming or ironing your draperies to remove any creases. If in doubt, lay a clean towel over your drapery fabric and iron over the towel on low. However, just ironing your curtains will cause your drapes to spread out at the bottom rather than hanging uniformly along the built in pleats.

Nauset Gayarre

Pundit

How much wider Should a curtain be than the window?

How Wide Should Curtains Be? To ensure that panels look ample and drapey when closed, they should have a combined width that is 2 to 2½ times the width of the window. Exceptions: If you're hanging curtains just to frame a window and don't intend to shut them, you can round down to 1½ times the width.

Rimma Einem

Pundit

Do eyelet curtains look cheap?

One the reasons eyelets are cheaper (and look cheaper) is because they don't use as much fabric, so you lose the cosy fullness of pencil-pleat curtains.

Filipe Tasqueiro

Pundit

How wide should pencil pleat curtains be?

Example: If your window measures 36" wide (window width x 2 = 72"), you need curtains that will give a minimum width of 72" or 2 panels for that window. In this case 2 panels will give about 100" to 120" of width which will look nice and full.

Ismet Youta

Pundit

How much fabric do I need for pencil pleat curtains?

As such you will require 2.5x the track width or 150% fullness. Standard window curtains you will use the guide above to decide on the amount of fabric. In the case of large stage curtains with a pencil pleat heading the requirement is less. So you will use 1.5x also known as 50% fullness for the curtains.

Gancho Biasi

Teacher

Do eyelet curtains need to be double width?

You need to allow for both flat panels to be a minimum of one and a half times the curtain pole width. I personally think they look much better at double the pole width. Give or take a couple of inches. This allows the curtains to have enough fabric to allow the pleats to look right when hanging over your window.

Cari Kopke

Teacher

What are pencil pleat curtains?

Pencil Pleat, also known as Tape Top or 3” Tape curtains, is the standard heading for curtains and valances. Pencil pleat curtain heading usually consists of three rows of string threaded through it for three hook positions to suit all types of track and pole.

Jaimee Deibler

Teacher

How do you measure for pencil pleat curtains?

  1. Curtain Tracks: Measure from the top of the track to your chosen end point. Curtain Pole:
  2. Pencil Pleat: Double the length of your track or pole. Eyelet:
  3. Above Sill: Should end 1cm above the windowsill. Below Sill:
  4. Eyelet: Measure from the top of the pole to your chosen end point. Pencil Pleat:

Hongyu Bakunov

Teacher

How do you use drapery hooks on regular curtains?

How to Use Drapery Pins With an Unpleated Drapery Panel
  1. Position your curtain panel face down on the work table.
  2. Measure and pin 3 inches from the top edge (with straight pins).
  3. Measure the width of the curtain panel just under the pins.
  4. Slide the tip vertically toward the top about 1/2 to 3/4 inch down the fabric and then pierce the header and lining fabric with the tip.

Nicolita Glavak

Reviewer

How do I measure a window for curtains?

Place the measuring tape at the top of the window frame or in the top inside corner and measure down to your desired length. For a higher curtain placement, measure up from the top window frame 20 inches to achieve an elongated appearance.

Danika Frantz

Reviewer

What is inverted pleat curtains?

Inverted box pleated drapes have the fullness of the pleat on the back of the drape which creates a flat drapery face suitable for contemporary interior design. Box pleated drapes are typically stationary panels with clean, unbroken lines that are wonderful in silk, a lightweight velvet and everything in between.

Caryn Arancon

Supporter

How much fabric do I need for inverted pleat curtains?

Mine's going to be 3 ½”. As a starting place for the amount of fabric needed for the pleats, you can multiply the distance you want the curtain panel to cover by about 2 or 3, depending on how full you want the curtains. Or start with the maximum width of fabric you want to use, which is what I did.

Casildo Glasemacher

Supporter

How do you make Euro pleat drapes?

Euro-pleated draperies can be quite expensive, but you can save money by making your own.
  1. Step 1 - Measure for Your Draperies. Have the curtain rod and rings already hung.
  2. Step 2 - Sew Bottom Hems.
  3. Step 3 - Sew Lining to Fabric.
  4. Step 4 - Hem and Sew the Top.
  5. Step 5 - Add Rings.
  6. Step 6 - Pinch the Top.