A goblet pleat is easy to make

Using this pleat is one of my favorite ways of heading up drapery or valances. They're one of the easiest to make, and you can add all sorts of trims and braids to enhance them if you wish.


The first part of making your own pleats is the section on making pleated drapes. This page carries on from there.

goblet pleats

Stitching and filling goblet pleat

First you form the base of the pleat. You do this by dividing the pleat into three sections, and spot tack the base just below where the buckram stops.

Next, form the pleat into the shape of a tube. Sew the back of the pleat to the top edge as shown. Now you need to make sure the pleat retains its shape.

1. Cut out a piece of buckram about 6" (15cms) wide and deep enough for your pleat. Fold the buckram into the shape of a cylinder and insert it into the pleats.


2. Insert some off cuts of interlining or other wadding. I prefer this method because it gets rid of waste and it's just easier!

Whatever you add to make the pleats keep their shape, make sure that the fillings don't gradually expand and appear over the top of the pleats!

If it's possible to see the top of the pleats - they could be fixed to a window on a half landing and viewed from the top landing - then cut a piece of fabric to shape. Put this over the top, and push the edges down the sides. As a precaution you could put in a few stitches to make sure it doesn't move.

Attach your hooks

Final part of competing your drapes is to attach the hooks. There are a number of ways to do this, using either pin hooks which you insert, or sew on hooks. Whichever you use, attach them to at the back of each pleat.