Top Tip for Triple Pleats

Here is a tip I learned from a very experienced curtain maker in another workroom which we have adopted at Denton Drapes. It helps you to form triple pleats quickly and accurately.    


Begin by sewing the pleat in the normal way having calculated the pleats and spaces required. (I’m using a coloured thread here simply to show you the technique)           


The stitching line should go to the end of the buckram. In this case we used six inch buckram.      


But then sew in a second line a “small” third in. This means one third of the distance minus five mm. You may need to trial and error this to get the perfect position.                


Finish this second stitching line one cm short of both top and bottom.     


Then if you pinch the pleat at the bottom of this line it is really easy to make the triple shape   


All you have do is to press down to the middle and then add first one side and then the other to create the full triple pleat.




Sew it into place and the job is done.      

17 thoughts on “Top Tip for Triple Pleats

    • Hi Amanda
      Unfortunately there is no such thing as a completely blackout roman blind beacuse of the nature of blackout fabric and the needle making a hole into it to create the stab stitches.
      In my workroom if it is a particulary light coloured fabric will cut tiny circles of blackout and glue these ontop of the stab stitches to try and address this age old problem.

  1. What a brilliant idea – what hooks would you use with this type of TPP? I’ve only seen the 4 prong hooks, so obviously there’d be a different type for this?

  2. Hi Penny, At what stage do you calculate the pleats when pleating to a fabric pattern? Is it when first calculating the number of drops, or after the widths are joined but before the sides are sewn in or at a completely different stage? Thanks for your time, Liz

    • Hi Liz
      I would always workout my pleat calculations before ordering the fabric. To do this you would need to know the horizontal pattern repeat of the fabric.
      As rule of thumb I would use 3 times fullness for pleating to the pattern.

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