Traditionally, drapery pleats are tacked by machine, or hand stitching after the pleat has been sewn vertically in the top heading.  I have developed a new method where the pleat is tacked first, to the inside with machine stitching, before the vertical seam is sewn.

This works especially well for two-finger or double pleats that are formed with two folds of fabric. I find that it saves time and has a cleaner appearance with no dimples or stitches showing.  You can adapt this method for three-finger or triple pleats, but it can be more difficult to pleat with accuracy and might not be the best method for some projects.

See step-by-step photos below for double Euro pleats with hidden tacks and download a free copy of instructions here for Euro and French style pleats: HiddenTackPleats_SusanWoodcock2016

You can view a short “method share” video of me sewing hidden tack pleats which was recorded by The Workroom Channel.  View the video here

I hope you will be inspired to try this new method on your drapery projects!  Please share your results on facebook and please tag Home Dec Gal in your post.

Best Wishes,

Susan AKA HomeDecGal

Step 1: Mark pleats and fold in half, right sides together. Sew a vertical stitch line 3/4 inches down from the top, and across the size needed for your pleat. See the printable instructions for more details.










Step 2: Fold the heading over, right sides out and lining up the pins.










Step 3: Sew from the top edge down to create the pleat.  Often I will sew 2.5 to 3 inches down for a Euro pleat to allow for more flare, instead of to the base of the buckram like for a French pleat (or omit buckram altogether for Euro pleats).


The finished double Euro pleat with hidden tacks. No dimples or tacking points show from the front!  Insert drapery pins as usual into the back seam behind the pleats.

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This drapery sample displays five different pleats with hidden tacks: butterfly, triple French, double French, triple Euro and double Euro pleats











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  1. Pat Kirk at Jun 06, 2016 01:33:25

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lawrence Marshall at Jul 07, 2016 11:36:52

    Thanks for the great tutorial Susan. I hate hand tacking pleats at the end of pleating a panel. This methods looks fast and accurate, I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Vivian Dibrell at Sep 30, 2016 07:16:14

    Thanks Susan, I can’t wait to try this method. I don’t have a tacker and sell lots of euro pleats. This will make it easier for me to stitch the pleats. Thanks so much for all that you do and sharing too! Cheryl Strickland would be proud!

  4. Susan Woodcock at Sep 30, 2016 08:10:57

    Thank you, Vivian. That’s a lovely thing to share. I am glad you found this helpful. I am really liking this new pleat technique.
    Best Wishes,
    Susan AKA Home Dec Gal

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