One of the notions he uses to create consistent, reproducible pleats is a Magic Pleater. It’s a type of Pleating Board that’s sadly no longer in production. Some people have them in their stash, but for those who don’t, I wanted to share one way to replace the board with a customized tool you can make at home using commonly available notions.
Stuff you will need:
– Scraps of your fabric, cut on grain or on the bias, depending on your planned project – Strips of paper to test pleat frequency and depth – A firm backing fabric such as denim, heavy linen, or buckram. I used pieces that were about 12″ X 5″ for my samples. – Craft freezer paper or brown packing paper – A pencil – A clear ruler – Micropore tape – Double- sided fusible tape, like Steam a Seam or Stitch Witch – A tailor’s clapper or block of unsealed wood – An iron and ironing surface
How do you decide what depth/return/ pleat pattern to use? What are reliable, stress-free ways to apply pleated trim?