Curtain Window Treatments • Making Pleated Headers • Curtain Heading Types
Curtain Window Treatments
Curtain Window Treaments — Pleated Headers
Making Pleated Headers
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Pleats typically take 4 inches to 5 inches of fabric and are spaced 4 inched to 6 inches apart. About 1 pleat every 10 inches. Use this rule of thumb to decide how many pleats a curtain panel can take.
To figure out the pleat size, pinch the header of your curtain panel into a double or triple pleat to see what works for your fabric. Then open out the pleat and measure the fabric that was used. If your pleat took 5 inches of fabric, then five pleats will use 25 inches. The fabric required for all the pleats is called the pleat allowance. To figure out the spacing between pleats, measure the distance between the overlap and return pins, subtract the pleat allowance, and divide by 4 (the number of pleats minus 1).
Types of Pleated Headings
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Often used when curtain window treatments stay in a fixed position. This type of pleat is made by folding fabric to the backside of the pleat. A fabric that creases well, such as linen weave or cotton, will help maintain the shape of the box pleat. Allow 3 times the track length for fullness.
Cylindrical shaped pleats that are an alternative to pinch pleats. Allow 2-1/2 to 3 times the track length for fullness.
Similar to pinch pleats but the top of the pleat is not brought together as a triple fold. The top of a goblet pleat is stuffed with an interlining so the top will stay full. Allow 3 times the track length for fullness.
Narrow row of folds resembling a row of pencils laid side by side. The easiest way to make pencil pleats is with pleater tape. The heading is created by sewing the tape to the heading of a valance or curtain window treatment. Allow 2-1/2 to 3 times the track length for fullness.
Three small pleats grouped together at regular intervals.To achieve proper fullness allow 2-1/2 to 3 times the width for fullness. Work well when curtains are interlined.
Uses standard hooks placed in one or two rows of the hook pockets. Pleater tapes help make smocked pleats easier to create. Allow 2-1/2 to 3 times the width for fullness.