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Video: How to Mark and Fold Pleats for a Knife- or Box-Pleat Skirt

Watch how to use templates to mark pleat foldlines and how to fold the pleats for a knife- or box-pleat skirt.
Threads #182, December 2015/January 2016

Evamarie Gomez and Carol Fresia

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.


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