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From: shukran99
Date: 02-19-2005, 01:29 PM (1 of 4)
Help!! How do I sew pleating around a corner (of a square pillow/cushion) and still have it look like pleating and not gathering? I need to do one with knife pleating (1") and one with box pleating (3") the knife pleating has me frustrated so the box pleat will be a nightmare!!

Hope some of you knowledgable ladies can help me out......please.....I'm desperate!!
User: shukran99
Member since: 02-19-2005
Total posts: 1
From: MaryW
Date: 02-21-2005, 10:00 AM (2 of 4)
Hi Shukran99, welcome to Sew Whats New. :smile:

Hmm, sounds like you have a really frustrating chore to do. I have knife pleated around a Christmas stocking so I know a little bit of the frustration. In all my books I cannot find one pillow with pleating around the corners. Maybe that means it cannot be successfully done.

I think the knife pleating should work though. Are you pleating as you sew or pre-pleating the fabric and applying?
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: shirleyp
Date: 02-21-2005, 11:33 AM (3 of 4)
I know this site is for clothing, but, maybe it will give you an idea to work it into your pillow.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: Martha
Date: 02-21-2005, 08:52 PM (4 of 4)
When I do a pleated flange on pillows, I make the pleats a bit tighter in the corners, sorta overlap the pleats. With the takeup in the corner, the pleat will open up to the same size as the normal pleats and will curve around the corners. Hope this makes sense to you!
User: Martha
Member since: 12-30-2000
Total posts: 44
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