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DIY Pinch Pleats With No Sewing

DIY pinch pleats are the easiest way to have the look of pinch pleats without lots of work because there is no sewing involved!
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I made these curtains for my daughter’s room using my own blackout curtain tutorial using pink silk fabric. I wanted them to have pinch pleats but I also wanted to cheat and make them the easy way. Using only curtain rings and clips, I’ve made my own easy pinch pleats.

Pink pinch curtains hanging in a little girls room.

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(For the silk curtains I made, I bought the lovely pink silk taffeta fabric from a local fabric store but this pink silk fabric is very similar and these are similar to the types of curtain rings with clips I used)

First, I used double the amount of curtain rings/clips that you would normally use. For each panel, I used 15 rings with clips.

(To give you an idea of how many curtains rings you’ll need, the width of the curtain rod was 70″ and I used 30 curtain rings in total.)

A woman hanging the curtains on a rod.

Starting at one end, I would pinch the fabric together and clip it from the back then leaving a few inches of space between clips, I would grab some more fabric together and pinch it with the clip.

Because you are working from the back, it’s a bit difficult to describe, but once you start, you’ll get the hang of it.

In this photo below, I’ve clipped the second to last clip on and you can see how much fabric is left for the last clip.

Showing how to leave more space between the pleats with the clips.
Putting the curtain in the metal clips on the curtain rod.
The pinched pleat curtains hanging on the white curtain rod in the bedroom.

I love how they turned out! They are not perfect but I love them even more that they are a bit bunchy and cost hardly anything except the clips to put in!

Pink taffeta curtains hanging in a bedroom with floral wallpaper on the wall.
The soft pink curtains in the bedroom with a basket underneath the window in the bedroom.

This is the first time I’ve sewn with silk and I wasn’t sure how they would fair with the blackout lining but I’m impressed that they turned out so well.

It’s on my To Do list to create a PDF sewing download of my blackout curtain tutorial soon.

A soft mint green desk beside the curtains with a white mirror above the desk.

I hope you try making your own pinch pleat curtains now that you know they are super easy and don’t require any sewing!

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  1. Thanks so much for this tip – it’s a great way to “help” my draperies hang in a much more uniform and stylish “pleat” using the drapery clips. My draperies are unhemmed upholstry fabric that I really love and I didn’t have to add lining. The edges of the widths of the fabric was already fringed, so they look “finished” with something special. The look after doing your diy is just what they needed to look more polished.

    Thanks again!


  2. VERY INFORMATIVE!! Thanks for showing how you made these pinch pleat drapes. They are beautiful! Pinned to my Pinterest Boards also. Thursday Favorite Things Hostess, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  3. Hey there!
    Would you hem the fabric or sew any of the fabric first if you were making without blackout material? Is silk taffeta an expensive fabric? I love the crinkly look. The bedroom is adorable. Thanks! Gia

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