February 13, 2014

Easy Pinch Pleats

Good Morning!

My newly sewn tablecloth for the dinning room has been a wonderful, and colorful addition to our home.

You may remember the original post here.

So many of you commented about how much you liked the pleats that I figured a quick tutorial might be in order.

The pinch pleats were very easy to make . . . here is the method I used.

I started with a five inch strip of fabric.  

I then finished one side of the fabric with a rolled hem, you can see below.

Next I started "pinching" the fabric, taking anywhere between an inch and a half and two inches at a time . . .

Folding it flat.

Placing a pin through the fold to hold it and I had my first pleat.

To start the second pleat, I eyeballed down the length of my fabric an inch and a half, then repeated the process from above.

I continued on until I ran out of pins.

Taking my strip of fabric to the sewing machine, I simply ran a basting stitch along the raw edge of the fabric, removing pins as I came to them.

I then repeated the process until I had a length of pleats long enough to go around my tablecloth.

The pleats looked like this when I was finished.

The final step is to simply sew the pleats along the bottom edge of the tablecloth.  Making sure to pin the two pieces of fabric right sides together.

In the past when I've sewn pinch pleats for a project, I tediously measured every pleat and gap between the pleats and it took a long, long time.  

With this method, the project went much more quickly and the finished look is just as pretty.  I for one will be using the quick and easy method with any future pinch pleat sewing that I do.

Thanks for stopping by,

bye now,


  1. Gotta love pleats! I always adore their neat style. Great job Robin, especially for just eyeballing!

  2. So adorbs! I am always so jealous of those with sewing skills!

  3. Love your tablecloth and the pleats are perfect. Great tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love that tablecloth and thank so much for sharing the tutorial with us. Have a blessed day. :-)

  5. Great job, looks fabulous! Where'd you get the fabric, please?

    1. Oops, just went back to the original post and saw it was a thrift store find, lucky :)

  6. I love using pinch pleats and I laughed when you said you pinned pleats until you ran out of pins and then sewed. I thought I was the only person who did that.

  7. Love your country look! Pinning your pretty pleats. Say that 3X, lol.

  8. It really has a great look, and I think I could actually do it! Thanks for sharing, Robin!

  9. I love the pinch pleats ❤ Thanks for the tutorial.

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  11. very very cute!!! Christine from Little Brags

  12. That is gorgeous! I've got a footstool that I'm going to recover and pinch pleats would be perfect for it but I wasn't sure how to easily make them. Thanks!!


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