Wavy Pleats Tutorial
Written and Designed by
Janet M. Davies
Panels in bags or other sewn items look great with pleats
sewn into them
and then top stitched to produce a wavy pattern.
This bag above is 49cm (19 inches) wide. I made the centre panel is wavy
1. Cut your panel the width you want it and
approximately 4 times the length you want to finished panel to be.
2. Now draw horizontal lines on the width of your fabric 1 inch
apart. Not the purple sticky I put on my ruler so I could easily follow
the right line on the ruler. I used a blue water soluble pen to mark the
3. Now fold the fabric long each drawn line
and sew 1/4 inch out from the line.
Repeat on each line dawn.
4. After all horizontal pleats have been
sewn; draw lines approximately 3 inches
apart vertically over top of the folded sewn pleats. These new
lines will be your sewing guides for the top stitching.
5. Making sure pleats/fabric are sitting
smooth. Stitch over pleats along each vertical guide line. BUT make the
pleats folded alternate directions for each line stitched.
6. Finished. When I top sttich the pleats,
I stitch twice each row.
The instructions in JMD Designs
retail pattern packs are a lot more
detailed than what is given here in this tutorial above.
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