I have become very interested in experimenting with different textures lately. There are so many fantastic ways of folding, gathering, twisting, scrunching fabric that adds another dimension to any project. I have incorporated a couple different pleats and gathers in previous projects but nothing too elaborate. The purpose of this exploration is to truly experiment with different techniques and find new interesting elements to add to future projects.
The first one I tried out was a simple pleat.
This is a simple yet great way to add a little bit of texture to any project. It would be great to add to a pillow, comforter, quilt, table runner, bag, and so much more.
My pleats are set at 1/2 deep with one inch intervals.
1. Start by measuring out each of your pleats. This might take some time of trial and error as you figure out the size you want for each pleat. You can either mark these with a fabric pen/pencil or use pins like I have done.
2. Gradually work through your fabric adding one pleat at a time. Watch the other side as you are pinning to make sure your lines are straight and even. Don’t be afraid to use too many pins. You can always take them out if they are unnecessary but you really don’t want your fabric to slip.
– Experiment with the width of the pleats – the more pleats the thicker the fabric
– Try varying the distance between pleats – small, medium, small, large. Don’t worry about perfection it will be more interesting if they are all different.
– Try sewing multiple times up the middle of the pleat to keep it flat and add more lines to the fabric.
I have started a board on Pinterest to house inspirational projects using different textures and fabrics. Check it out!