When I saw Andy on Project Runway had a pleater board, I though “GENIUS”! I’ve spent so much time marking pleats and ironing them to perfection then pinning them… We’ve all been there. So I did some research on how to make my own and came up with my own version.
Get some poster board and cut it in half.
I found it really useful to use my cutting board and my quilting square. That way I could get all my lines perfect.
I decided to make this board for 1/2 inch pleats. Get an exacto knife and score the cardboard every inch, then every half inch, as shown.
Then fold the pleats.
Then get your other piece of poster board and staple the top of the board to the top of the poster board.
To keep it in place, I stapled inside all each pleat at the ends and the middle. You want to make sure not to staple the whole pleat down because then you cant get fabric in there.
This is what it will look like.
After you staple all the pleats on the board, here’s what you’ll end up with. If you wanted a bigger board you could just use two pieces of poster board.
Now to test it! Insert your fabric into the pleats, making sure they really get into the back of the pleat board. I found the first couple the hardest to do. You can hold them down with weights. You can also use something to help poke them back there like a metal ruler.
You’ve got pleats!
I’ve got a tutorial coming this week on tea dying and I also made a tailors ham if anyone wants to know how to do that.
Have a lovely Monday!
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