How to Make Cartridge Pleats With Curtain Tape

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    • 1). Lay the drapery panel, completed except for the tape, on the work surface. The right side of the drape is to the work surface, with the top of the drape toward you, the bulk of it away from you.

    • 2). Locate on the tape the small shiny woven dot. This dot, located equidistant along each long edge of the tape, indicates the center of the space between pleats.

    • 3). Position the tape along the top edge of the drapery panel, 1/4 inch from the top edge, the center of the space dot equidistant from each outside edge. Ensure that the visible cords interwoven on the tape are on the surface, not against the drapery.

    • 4). Cut the tape 2 inches longer than the drapery panel is wide.

    • 5). Remove the first three inches of each of the two cords from their casings at each end of the tape.

    • 6). Fold the extra tape behind the corded tape, against the drapery fabric and pin in place.

    • 7). Pin the tape securely to the drapery across the entire width of the panel .

    • 8). Sew the tape to the panel, sewing 1/8 inch from the top and bottom edges of the tape, through all the layers of the drape.

    • 9). Tie the two exposed cords at one end of the tape together. Make sure the knot is secure.

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      Gently pull on the other end of the cords. Pull both cords at the same time.

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      Allow the fabric to pleat as you pull. Do not over-pull; the space between the pleats should remain flat.

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      Tie the two long pulled cords together. Wind the long cords together and, using a safety pin, pin the small bundle of cords to the tape.

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