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I am making triple pinch pleat curtains for a pole 540cm wide. Each curtain has to have 27 pleats as the gaps between pleats will be 10 cm due to space behind pole for folding. How do I calculate the space 27 pleats will take up when the curtains are open? Thanks
There is no accurate way of calculating how wide the stack back will be as it will depend on the thickness of the fabric and the size of your pleats.
I would like to know is it okay to have more than 9 cartridge pleats for a curtain measuring 195cms ( 1.5 widths )for half a pole measuring 90cms , the fabric is very thick and interlined.
Sounds ok, we normally work on about 6 pleats per width.
Morning. Can you let me know if your cartridge pleat calculator allows for a bit of 'springback' on the finished width required. Hope that made sense? I've only ever manually calculated and the calculator is a godsend .
No the calculator makes no adjustment for ease. Ease is taken into account in STEP 2 of the curtain tutorials when the finished width is calculated.
In step two for curtain return to wall your example calculation stated the measurement is the wall to pole centre which for me is 11.5cm but in step nine you say it is from the pole to the wall plus 1cm which would make it 12.5 cm for me. can u clarify which it is.
Make it the size stated here in STEP 9 - pole centre to the wall plus
1cm. Your iRETURN will be slightly longer than the distance measured
in In STEP 2 (pole centre to the wall) to give a bit of ease and stop
the Pleat being pulled around at the corner.
Just found your web site.
I have 4 large printed velvet curtains I made back in the 60's yes I know pretty old. I would like to revamp them as apart from needing new lining and headings they are immaculate, no weak parts and note a fade mark, they were very expensive to make that many years ago. I would like to use a heading with pinch pleats of a good depth as they are very heavy, and hang them on a wooden pole, I have 2 1/2 widths in each of
the 4 curtains, do you think pinch pleats
would work and is there enough width?taking a risk as I do not want them to like
old curtains (although I know they are)
It will depend on the width of the pole. For triple pleat we ideally use
a fullness ratio of 2.5. ie the panel to be pleated is 2.5 times wider
than the finished pleated up width of the curtain.
You talk about pinch pleats, that is a double pleat, for that we use a fullness ratio of 2.0 to 2.2.
There is a tutorial to make pinch pleat curtains on the website as well.
Hi my rail is 216 (108 for each curtain). Total fabric per curtain is 273, deducted 108 finished width leaving 165 fabric for 12 pleats at 13.75. Spaces: 108 minus 8(R) 9(LE) dividdd by 11 spaces at 8.27. Is this right? I thought the pleat/spaces should be similar. Thanks!
For a triple pleat we recommend 4 pleats per width (so 8 here not 12). Pleat sizes approx 15-20cm and spaces approx 10-15cm.
Is it possible to have 9 pleats? What about the join on my 2 widths being inside a pleat rather than a space?
Yes you can do that.
We try and avoid a pleat on a join as it can be a bit bulky (especially on interlined curtains), but sometimes you just have to work with what you have got.
I love using your videos they have been so helpful to a novice curtain maker. I have a question about spaces and returns. I am making cartridge pleats, but because the window is very narrow the pole goes beyond the edge of the frame and is fixed to the wall. The return at the end needs to go back to the wall (so distance from pole to wall plus 1 cm) However the pole then goes across a very old thick and wide wooden window frame so then the distance from pole to frame (which I guess is treated as a wall?) is 2.5 cm less than pole to wall). Would like the end to go to the wall (neater and keeps out the light) but how do I calculate the "return" so as to prevent the curtain hitting the frame? Sorry - bit convoluted but hope it makes sense.....Thanks
Basically you need the distance from the pole (ring eyelet) to where you
want the curtain to touch the wall at the ends of the pole.
I am struggling to follow the pleat part. I just can't get it. I have 110 inches of fabric for half a window measuring 108 inches. How many pleats do I need, of how many inches and how many spaces. Can anyone help. Sorry for being such a muppet.
It sounds like you haven't got enough fabric for triple pleats as your
fullness ratio wont be enough, but I'm afraid you haven't really given
1. What is the pole length?
2. Is 108 inches the width of your made up flat fabric panel for one curtain?