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The Box Pleat Experiments, Part 2: Cross drape trim

Here is what I like to refer to as a cross drape trim.
Begin with the ribbon box pleated, and machine stitched down the middle of the of the strip.
First, thread a needle, and tack it to the back folds of the box pleats,
Here is what I like to refer to as a cross drape trim.

Here is what I like to refer to as a cross drape trim.

Photo: Kenneth D. King

This is the second installment of the box-pleat trims. I call this a cross drape because the fold forms a cross over the box pleated ribbon.

For brevity, I'll refer you to the first post, to get the instructions on how to make the box pleated ribbon.


We'll begin with the ribbon, box pleated, and machine stitched down the middle of the of the strip.




Begin by threading a needle, and tacking the back folds of the box pleats, to the upper ribbon face. Bring the needle up from behind, catching one fold.



Then, insert the needle down through the ribbon and catch the opposite fold.



Repeat this one more time to double stitch the pleats.

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KennethDKing Kenneth King, contributor
Posted on Nov 26th, 2013 in online extras, All How-To, embellishments, home decoration, trim, box pleat

Comments (7)

Sewista Sewista writes: Lovely! I can see this being used on little dresses for American Girl dolls in maybe a smaller width. I would love to see this on an adult garment in a soft organdy or such. Thanks, again, Kenneth, for sharing your expertise.
Posted: 7:39 am on December 14th

Sindhoo Sindhoo writes: Gorgeous! Will definitely be in my mind for my future projects :)
Posted: 3:18 am on December 7th

JennyEbner JennyEbner writes: As always I love what you do. Will definitely try these pleats.
Posted: 8:13 pm on November 27th

user-2655477 user-2655477 writes: These are very neat! I really like them and I look forward to trying them out. Thank you for your concise directions; looking at the steps of making the cross pleats with paper I found to be very instructive and clarifying in transforming the design to the ribbon (only in my head, at this point, though!) Really appreciate you sharing your wonderful and beautiful design ideas with us!!! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Kenneth! :-)
Most Sincerely, Sewing Sadie (aka: Jan)
Posted: 11:24 pm on November 26th

mjz mjz writes: I'm thinking about using box pleats on strips of knits, meshes, and lace. Ribbon shows the pleat detail wonderfully,but isn't something I'd wear frequently. Softer fabrics might make an intriguing look.
Posted: 7:17 pm on November 26th

Corsetiere Corsetiere writes: This is really elegant. It would be superb for period clothing like a Victorian gown a la Charles Frederick Worth.
Posted: 6:54 pm on November 26th

Alexandra Alexandra writes: The trims are quite lovely but difficult to incorporate into garments. I have used some of this type of trim on hats or spring-like purses.
Posted: 6:23 pm on November 26th

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