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« on: July 12, 2009 11:30:34 AM »

I needed a new pillow for my couch, so I decided to make one.  I didn't want to use expensive fabric and mess it up, so I used some pale yellow linen for the practice run.  It has 1 inch pleats.  I'm so proud of it that I'm going to use it instead of making one out of "nicer" fabric.  I think next time I will try to make one with smaller pleats.  Tell me what you think...   



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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009 11:40:35 AM »

What I think? That looks so professional like it would sell in a high end designer boutique. I love that.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009 01:29:07 PM »

WOW! That is gorgeous! I would have imagined you bought that!!!
Fantastic job!


Quick question... (I don't know how to do knife pleats) Did you just fold the material straight over, pressed it, and then do another one RIGHT next to it?
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2009 09:10:15 PM »

Really neaty pleaties!
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2009 09:46:59 PM »

Hey, this looks almost like the pleats in my kilt.  It's beautiful.  Great job.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009 07:44:44 AM »


Quick question... (I don't know how to do knife pleats) Did you just fold the material straight over, pressed it, and then do another one RIGHT next to it?

You can do them that way, but it will take you a looonnnngggg time. 
The best way to do it is to lay your fabric on one of those cardboard fabric cutting boards and cut the fabric to the dimensions you need (the cut length has to be 3 times the finished length). 
Once the fabric is cut, fold it in half length-wise and place it back on the cutting board and line it up with the lines on the board.  I usually push pins through the fabric into the board, so the fabric will stay in place.
Take some sharp scissors and snip the fabric along the long edge every inch (if you're doing 1 inch pleats).  Do this on both long-edges. 
Pick up your fabric and begin folding it matching the "snips" and pinning as you go.  You will need a lot of pins for this, but you need to make sure that when you pick up your fabric that the pleats will stay in place. 
Sew along the long edge of the fabric to hold the pleat edges in place.  After you have sewn both edges, lay your fabric out and manipulate it to get the pleats even and then press your iron straight down on the pleats to lock them in place. 

Does that make sense?  If not, I may be able to do a tutorial to explain it.

Thanks for the comments everyone!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2009 07:46:44 AM »

Being a noob, I can't say I followed the knife pleat instructions  Cry  Hehe... if you are up for doing a tutorial, you totally should!
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