How To Pinch Pleat Ikea Curtains

I should really call this the 'post you thought I forgot about'....

I feel so guilty for not getting this tutorial to all of you sooner. In fact, If you make it to the bottom of this post, you will see that I made it extra special for you in hopes of alleviating my guilt.

You may recall my One Room Challenge Ikea curtains that I hacked up. Here is the promised tutorial.


I started with the Lenda Curtains from Ikea. The weave and color on the curtain was a perfect match to the weave of my fabric. Here are all the supplies I used.

1.Buckram (4" wide)  the width of each panel.  
2.Drapery Hooks (I used 1.5")  7 hooks per panel.
3.Drapery Weights (cloth)  2 - 4 per panel.
4.Stitch Witchery (double roll pack) enough for 2 panels.

As you may recall, I found a striped fabric to use on the leading edge of each panel. I prepared the fabric by cutting it into strips.


Turn under and press the raw edges into place.


On the wrong side of the prepared strips, place stitch witchery into the seam and press.


Now to prepare the drapery panels, start at the bottom end of the Ikea panel, that way you don't need to worry about the tab top.


Give the bottom a quick pressing with an iron. I should tell you that I love my iron and have had it for over five years. You will definitely want an iron with a great steam system and a Teflon face.

Place the buckram under the lip of the existing hem, pin and sew along the edge of the pin line.


Turn and press the buckram header over....pin and stitch into place.


Once the header is ready, apply the trim to the leading edge with stitch witchery.


Using pins at the top and bottom of the pleats, I spaced them 2" apart per pleat. The spacing between the sets of 3 pleats is the same width as my trim, 4" wide.


You will want to lay out all the spacing before sewing. Alter where necessary to fit your panel width.

Sew each pleat separately, the length of the header. At the bottom of the header, sew all three pleats together.


This is one set of pleats....keep going until you reach the end. 


Place drapery hooks (one per set of pleats) in the back and hang. I turned the end of the panel toward the wall to finish the look. 


Custom drapes have a lot of weight to them and that's what makes them hang so beautifully. This last step will give all of your window treatment a professional look in minutes. 

Once you have decided how you want to hem your panels (of course I used the stitch witchery), add 2 drapery weights inside the pocket of the hem on each side. 


Here are the finished panels. The drapery weights help shape the bottom edge.



And now, because I have been feeling so guilty about not getting this up sooner.....

Here are some beautiful fabrics that would be perfect to use on an Ikea Curtain Hack.
You want to make sure the stripes go up the roll and not railroaded. All of these go up the roll.

A 3 yard piece will give you enough stripes for several windows.

Great in a girl's room:

Pink & Black / Blue & Green / Pink & Green / Pink Multi

This would make a beautiful Greek Key trim

Navy  / Light Blue / Red /  Black

Sarah Richardson Stripe

Stripe in Blue / Stripe in Stone

More blue stripes
Blue Stripe / Navy Multi

And finally....yes, this post will end...I am cleaning out my basement giving away bags of drapery hooks (28 per bag). That is enough for 4 panels (2 windows). I have about a dozen bags.... yes, I am a hoarder.

Just leave a comment saying you want one...and please make sure I have your email address.Canada and US only, sorry.

Happy Thanksgiving. 

I am extremely thankful that you come back here from time to time and check in on me.

I'll be back in a few days, when I am five pounds heavier.


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49 comments:

  1. These are so beautiful, Linda. Thank you so much for the tutorial. How many widths did you use per window?

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Xoxo

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  2. Great instructions Linda! I have sewn with pleater tape but never the actual pleats. I love your look, so crisp and professional looking. You can send a bag of hooks my way! Thanks so much. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. xo Nancy

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  3. Linda your curtains came out beautifully. They look like very expensive panels I had made for my last house, isn't it crazy what you can do with Ikea panels? I used the Lendas in my current living room with a 6" border painted on the edges. I love the affect but wish I had mastered the sewing machine and sewn a fabric border on instead because the painted edge curls *very unattractively* :) Thanks for this tutorial, bookmarking for future use!

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  4. Love the look of the curtains. I always want weights in my curtains. Once I had no weights and instead of going to get some I sewed pennies in. It works well for the impatient girl.

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  5. That is the most excellent tutorial I have seen for pleating drapes! And what an immense amount of work to photograph each step, you go girl! The end result is nothing short of professional. Great trim fabrics too!

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  6. Great job. Very professional and beyond me.

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  7. I want to do this in my bedroom with my Ikea curtains the problem is I seriously can't sew! Wanna come over to my house and do mine? I hope you have a great Thanksgiving Linda!! (:

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  8. Yay! What a great tutorial, Linda. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  9. You make this look way too easy! I really could use those fabric sources so thanks!

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  10. Great looking curtains you have made! I am always going to love Ikea for its easy to hack products!
    Cheers,
    Ozana

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  11. These panels are gorgeous! I thought the fabric trim was a ribbon (what a great idea to find fabric!)
    I absolutely love your tutorial (maybe you could give me a tutorial on tutorials :))
    I have sewn most of the window treatments in my house, but take a class at the community school to get them done and don't know if I would be able to explain it to someone else. Well done on the curtains! So true on the weights, they make all the difference! Happy Thanksgiving! - kate

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  12. These are beautiful, and I'd love to give your tutorial a swing. I'd be happy to take your gifted set of drapery hooks! My email address is carolynpurnell at gmail dot com. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  13. You would never know those were IKEA panels. You're sooo creative!!!!

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  14. Linda,

    You are a godsend! I am about to do an Ikea hack for my living room curtains and didn't know where to strt with pinch pleating! Thanks so much for the drapery hooks - cece921@msn.com

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  15. Geez Linda! Let's be clear here. Those are NOT hacks. Those are custom drapes that you made using ikea fabric. Great job

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  16. I would love some drapery hooks
    Kbierie@gmail.com

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  17. Great job! Just wanted to say I am impressed. Don't need the hooks. I hoard my own. HA HA!!!

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  18. Beautiful end result! I love me a good Ikea hack. Ah if only I weren't sewing challenged... Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. Your curtains are beautiful! Very impressive, they look professionally done! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  20. I just attempted the same sort of curtains about 4 months ago but used the Rivta curtains instead. I did however recently make some other panels for our guest room out of tablecloths from Target. Instead of the buckram I bought heavy weight craft Pellon and now I can get several curtain panels out of it by cutting 4" strips. It is fusible and with a 40% off coupon it was a bargain.

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  21. I am saving these instructions for when I get around to replacing my tab top curtains in our bedroom. I think the pinch pleats look so crisp and tailored. Thanks for the fabric ideas as well! Happy Thanksgiving! Elle

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  22. Linda, I'm just gonna hire you to make mine. I can't sew or do math! But ironing I can do :) Thanks for another look at your beautiful room. Have a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving!
    Cheers,
    Loi

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  23. Wow! Look like they were done by a work room -- beautiful job, Linda and great idea to add the striped fabric on the leading edge --- just perfect!

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  24. this is a great tutorial that I plan to use! your curtains look great.

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  25. this is one of the best tutorials I've read Linda :-) (I'm not kidding) & wow, you did a great job, they are lovely, I'm really impressed with the results :-)

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  26. You did a great job...love how they came out! I took mine to my work room and had them do it...but you made it look easy!

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  27. Wow. These look so high end when completed, but your steps make it look so easy. Who would have thought these were from ikea. I will have to try this next time I need curtains.

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  28. Although I can't sew, I love learning tips on ways to achieve a professional looking curtains. I didn't know there are these nifty things called drapery weights. I love the way your curtains turned out, you did a great job! The stripes and pleats totally rock!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  29. Ha! I just did some, and they aren't even close to how professional this is ~ won't be posting my tutorial anytime soon, I'll just send them over! :) Beautiful job, my friend!

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  30. what a great tutorial!! You have every little detail down. I'm so impressed. They really came out so beautiful!! happy Thanksgiving!

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  31. I am in LOVE with this hack! I want to redo my ikea striped panels NOW! They turned out lovely! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  32. Thanks for the tutorial Linda - it is just what I needed. I have some IKEA curtains that need to go up in our bedroom but I can't stunt rod pockets and just hadn't gotten around to figuring out how to turn them into pinch pleats. It will look so much better than the sheets that have been covering our bedroom windows since we moved in :-)

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  33. Great tutorial linda! I still haven't finished my draperies. I love the greek key you suggested. I may just need to order some. I'm thinking of doing red, it's completely out of my comfort zone. Every time i do something red in my house I replace it. I need to find that bold classic new england red.

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  34. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have Ikea's Ritva curtains in my bedroom, but would love to make them into pleated drapes. I think it was the math that was scaring me, but you made it look very doable. :)
    I even bought fabric to use for the edge trim, but never got around to sewing it on. Thanks for providing the needed incentive!

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  35. I've read this three times now and I'm still nervous! Yours turned out so beautiful!

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  36. could you share with us where you found your curtain rods?

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  37. Hi Matt & Aren, the rods are just 2" wooden rods that I stained. If you email me I can tell you more.

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  38. Seriously….those are incredible and thanks for the tutorial. Although…..who am I kidding. Beyond my pay grade. You lost me at sewing the pleats together:)

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  40. Amazing job! Did you simply cut the original curtain tabs off and hem? Going to have to try this for our nursery. Would love a bag of hooks if you have any left!

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  41. Hi Claire, yes I cut the tabs off. Can I please have your email address so I can send you some hooks.

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  42. Incredible post! Thanks so much for taking the time to put all of this together.

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  43. I love this! Thank you for the tutorial. Wish I had read this sooner because I am going to need some hooks now. :) vintageamerica1@gmail(dot)com

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  44. Thanks for responding to my post. Sorry for the late response...here is my email clairelim@gmail.com.

    Thanks!!!

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  45. I want to try to pinch pleat! You make it look easy.
    Sheila
    MyKentuckyLiving

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  46. What a fantastic tutorial on Ikea hack curtains! Brilliant and classic.

    I have a large expanse of windows in my family room and eight panels of these exact draperies hanging. They've been up for a year and still puddled, tab tops flipped over and hidden. I'm so embarrassed of them.
    Not any more - I'm going to find some trim fabric and start sewing.
    Love the ORC (Sherry Hart is my favorite) and might even jump in on fun one.
    Thanks again, love your blog and just started following you on IG.

    Betsy
    West of the Square Designs

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  47. Linda-- You have inspired me. I pulled the carpet up in my living room and my drapes have been too short ever since. This would totally solve my problem. I am ordering the greek key now. Would love 3 bags of hooks if you still have them :). Sorry! Not being greedy, I just have too many windows! davenportfamily at mac dot com

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  49. Thanks so much for the directions. I have fabric and ready to go. Where did you find the beautiful wooden rod in the pictures?

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