Video: How to Mark and Fold Pleats for a Knife- or Box-Pleat SkirtWatch how to use templates to mark pleat foldlines and how to fold the pleats for a knife- or box-pleat skirt.
In this Threads Essential Techniques video, we show how to use templates to mark the pleat foldlines and how to fold the pleats for a knife- or box-pleat skirt.
View this PDF of author Linda Baker’s “Pleat to Measure” article from Threads #182 to find out how to do the calculations for size and spacing of pleats and to make templates for marking the pleat foldlines on fabric.
Extra Pleating Tip:
To make it easier to identify the marked points on the knife-pleat template, we’ve labeled them X and Y on our template.
The photo below shows how those marks correspond to the A and B lengths shown in the article.
Mark your own template as shown, or simply use colored pens and pins to distinguish the pleat foldlines.