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Re-Create Pleated Edging

I recently found this embroidered cushion cover at a flea market. I bought it because I liked the edge trim around the outside of the piece, and wanted to figure out how to reproduce it.

Follow along for the results!

 

 

  Here's a detail of the edge, from the front.

 

  And this is the reverse. As you can see, it looks similar, front and back.

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KennethDKing

Comments (27)

MeMo3 MeMo3 writes: I found a photo of your work (not the original pillow) on Pinterest and had a plan in my mind for a way to copy the photo. Now that I'm ready to sew this trim, I've come back to look at the photo again and I'm pleasantly surprised to see that there are directions for it and that they are completely different from the way that I had imagined making this trim. Thank you for taking the time to figure it out correctly and posting it. I plan to make this in a contrasting color with a cotton fabric and add it to the bottom of a white denim curtain that will cover the storage cube on the wall of my laundry area. I am making a second curtain to hang below the cube but behind the washer and dryer to cover cords and pipes that I plan to add storage pockets to and this trim will finish off the pocket edges in a really cute way pulling both pieces together for a uniform look. I can't wait to get started now. Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 12:44 pm on September 19th

JennyEbner JennyEbner writes: Great. I am looking forward to trying these out in one of my upcoming sewing projects. Thanks again.
Posted: 8:30 pm on June 2nd

JennyEbner JennyEbner writes: Great. I am looking forward to trying these out in one of my upcoming sewing projects. Thanks again.
Posted: 8:29 pm on June 2nd

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: I'm glad you all are liking this! It was a lot of fun to puzzle through...
Posted: 1:05 am on June 2nd

Missyme Missyme writes: I think it can be used on so many projects. I can't wait to try it out!
Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 9:53 pm on June 1st

kne5017894 kne5017894 writes: I did a trim(ready-made, I confess) down the outseam of some men's pants. We nicknamed them the 'crocodile pants' and it added some nice interest. i have also seen this used down the front of a women's winter coat where 2 of the trim was used in parrallel as the button placket and the button tucked into the pleats. BTW, anyone lucky enough to be in Paris between now and July 7, there is an exhibit of vintage haute couture in the Hotle de Ville in the 4e. Sadly, I don't get to see this one, but there's also an accompanying booklet "Paris Haute Couture"
By: Olivier Saillard
Posted: 9:47 pm on June 1st

reynalay reynalay writes: Thank you so much! What a great tutorial! Love the step by step pictures and instructions. Usually the tutorials are so hard to follow, but this one is perfect! I'm going to try it, on a smaller scale, on the hem of a dress! It would be gorgeous on the neckline also! Thank you!!
Posted: 2:59 am on June 1st

Muffin58 Muffin58 writes: That's a beautiful trim! I think it would be lovely, in a smaller size, for trimming the edge of a neckline & sleeves on a dress or shell, or around the edge of a jacket & its sleeves. I'm eager to experiment!
Posted: 3:00 am on May 30th

pursonalissues pursonalissues writes: Thank you Kenneth, for finding and sharing with us! The project I have in mind is to remake a pillow my mother made to show off a beautiful sampler she created of 9 different flowers meticulously hand sewn in a variety of stitches that include perfectly formed candle wicking & French knots. Mum has won awards in craft shows for her needle work. I always thought her needle work was a dying art & now Mum has dementia. The pillow itself is a very crude 'frame' for this treasured needle craft, with just a bit of lace to fancy it up. I intend to remake the pillow using this delicate pleated trim to frame this family heirloom forever. I hope to post pictures of before and after.
Posted: 12:07 am on May 30th

pursonalissues pursonalissues writes: Thank you Kenneth, for finding and sharing with us! The project I have in mind is to remake a pillow my mother made to show off a beautiful sampler she created of 9 different flowers meticulously hand sewn in a variety of stitches that include perfectly formed candle wicking & French knots. Mum has won awards in craft shows for her needle work. I always thought her needle work was a dying art & now Mum has dementia. The pillow itself is a very crude 'frame' for this treasured needle craft, with just a bit of lace to fancy it up. I intend to remake the pillow using this delicate pleated trim to frame this family heirloom forever. I hope to post pictures of before and after.
Posted: 12:07 am on May 30th

user-2239776 user-2239776 writes: A big thank you! I have nothing in mind for it at the moment, but I will tuck it away and it's surprising to me how well I remember techniques like this when I want to use them.

For those who ask how much fabric, I would try a test strip of the size I want to use on a scrap of similar material. The amount will vary depending on how wide the pleats are and how wide the finished strip is.
Posted: 1:19 pm on May 29th

thepkl thepkl writes: I think that this could be used very nicely to edge a quilt.
Posted: 10:05 am on May 29th

NinaLBoston NinaLBoston writes: I think this might make a nice neckline trim -- in black organza -- for an LBD.
Posted: 8:26 am on May 29th

Anarchy Anarchy writes: Amazing! I think this at the hem of a skirt would be smashing.
Posted: 6:47 am on May 29th

KelleyHighway KelleyHighway writes: I have seen this on ready-to-wear, both retail and resale. When I saw it, I was so intrigued and took iPhoto shots of it. HA! NOW I know how it's done! Thanks again.

Kelley (Manila, Philippines)
Posted: 12:58 am on May 29th

pjwhite530 pjwhite530 writes: Neckline?

Posted: 12:00 am on May 29th

Buttonscreates Buttonscreates writes: You never fail to amaze me! This is brilliant and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. My first thought would be trim on pockets of the evening jacket. Then I started thinking about trim around bottom of a child's dress. I look forward to maybe adding it to trim for a bereavement gown for our local hospital.
Posted: 10:12 pm on May 28th

trica trica writes: i would put this trim on the hem of a jacket.
Posted: 9:25 pm on May 28th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: Thanks for the kind comments!

In regards to the amount of ribbon length needed, it is approximately 3-4 times the finished length. I generally assume I'll need a little more here, but that is a good round number.

I saw the Fashion and Impressionism show at the Met, and it was indeed dazzling--if you have a chance, and are in Chicago, it's a must-see. The clothes, some of them actual garments depicted in the paintings, are worth the trip!
Posted: 8:54 pm on May 28th

fergus4 fergus4 writes: Thanks, Kenneth, for another wonderful How To. I will take this method and use it to trim a purse. Very delicate and pretty. Nice!
Posted: 8:52 pm on May 28th

sewright4you sewright4you writes: Beautiful. Can not wait to try it on a pillow edge. I think I will also try some very thin fabric also. Thanks.

Posted: 8:22 pm on May 28th

user-2228870 user-2228870 writes: I have seen round cushions with edge just like the pink one in the picture and wondered how it's done. I would like to make my next cushion and shirt with a trim like that. Thank you for sharing it. Can you give us a guide on the length of the cut fabric? - does that just depend on the size of the pleats?
Posted: 7:48 pm on May 28th

Yumjo Yumjo writes: Kenneth, Thank you so much for figuring this edging out for us. I've decided to use it on a summer hat. I make hats for cancer victims. Each hat is different and original. I have some basic patterns which I change so that none are alike. I donate them to the local cancer unit. The word has spread and I now have orders from all of the US and one waiting in England. This edge will make a lovely, interesting addition to the brim of a hat or as the bottom edge on a cloche. I can also visualize it as a hat band. I've got several ideas. Thanks again, Ymana Johnson
Posted: 7:36 pm on May 28th

Susannah_sews Susannah_sews writes: Looks just lovely - can't wait to experiment!

Any tips on calculating how much ribbon length is required for a given length of finished trim?
Posted: 6:53 pm on May 28th

stsimon stsimon writes: I saw this trim on a garment in the Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit that just closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (It will reopen in Chicago on June 26.) It was thrilling to see several of the actual dresses that appeared in the Impressionist paintings on the walls. And oh, the hand work that must have taken many Mimi's hours and hours!
Posted: 5:07 pm on May 28th

user-1057488 user-1057488 writes: I saw this years ago, wondered how it was made! It was a very tiny, maybe 3/8's inch, insertion between a coat front facing and lining. Very pretty and very sophisticated! I can't remember if there was a tiny piping on the edge, too, might have been. That's how I'd like to use it, maybe in a jacket or a swing coat, where it would peek out sometimes. :-)
Posted: 4:36 pm on May 28th

angelap angelap writes: Yes, I would like to try this method for trimming children's clothes. I think I will use a light weight fabric so it won't be bulky. Thank you for figuring it out & sharing it.
Posted: 4:32 pm on May 28th

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