Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pleats are a Plus!

When I was learning to sew as a girl, pleats were a very scary thing.  All of that measuring was enough to make anyone say..."I'll go with the straight skirt!"  I never did get around to making a pleated skirt but lately I have been doing some pleating.  I started with this Amy Butler clutch from her book Style Stitches.


She gives great directions for pleating along with patterns for 25 other bags.  That's my kind of book!
What I really liked about this purse was the fact that you didn't have to measure the pleats.  They were random widths.  It was easy to make because you pleat the fabric first and then cut out the clutch.  Fun!  And as if that wasn't enough...you can make this cutey in three different sizes.


To say that I was enthusiastic about this pleating process was an understatement!  What else could I pleat?  How about a pillow?  (Sorry about the poor photo quality- it is a gloomy 1st day of spring here in Western New York- no natural light!)


I am thinking about making some pleated inserts for bag patterns that I already have...or maybe a neat pleated table runner for spring or if I get very ambitious- some pleated valences for the guest room...
The possibilities are endless!

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