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Topic: How can I make fabric have this pleated/gathered look for hair clips?  (Read 910 times)
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« on: July 19, 2012 08:42:08 PM »

Someone I know likes to design things, but doesn't have the skills to make what she envisions.  I told her I would make some of the things for her.  It's been pretty easy until we got to this one.  I have no idea how to make fabric do this.

They are going to be about 2.5 inches wide.
The pleat/gathers can go to the center of the design (she just left them out for the picture since she is going to have things go in the center)  She wants it out of suede, but if anyone things there is a better fabric for it, I can pass it on to her.

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012 08:56:57 AM »

First, it's going to be much harder to gather or actually pleat leather (or suede or pleather) than to do those things to a thinner more pliable material or fabric.

As for creating a "rosette" design in fabric though, there are several ways to go about it:

Gathering can be done in various ways by hand or with a machine (and even special large "feet" called ruffler/pleater feet) that can go onto sewing machines, and do either gathering/ruffling or pleating).
She might want to check out the ways that "rosette" awards made from ribbons:
And she might also use the way that "yoyo" units are created for making yoyo quilts starting with a disc of fabric.  The gathered side of a yoyo would look a lot like she might want (if real pleating isn't needed), though the whole unit will be double-sided (unless she cut most of the back away):

Actual pleating creates very sharp edges on the gathered material and is less random than gathering.
Pleating can be done by manipulating the fabric by hand, or with a kind of "form" called a pleater board then ironing while in place to set the pleats (I have one and it works well...or perhaps she could make one), etc:
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