Curtain Pleat Tape – No-Sew DIY Pleated Curtains

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This post is all about curtain pleat tape for DIY pinch pleat curtains.

Curtain pleat tape diy

Transforming your curtains from ordinary to extraordinary has never been easier with this no-sew DIY guide to adding pleating tape. I just think pleated curtains look so polished and elegant, but found that pleated curtains are typically extremely pricey. In my quest to find affordable curtains, I found some really beautiful and totally affordable Amazon curtains. Unfortunately, the one thing they were missing was curtain pleating tape. Check out my post: BEST Amazon Curtains Under $40 to see the Amazon curtains that I added curtain pleat tape to, and also highly recommend!

I was determined to get the coveted pinch pleated curtain look, but didn’t want to have to sew anything (sewing is a little out of my wheelhouse). So, whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a novice looking to spruce up your space, this simple yet effective tutorial will teach you how to add curtain pleating tape to your curtains for a quick and easy stylish upgrade. #CurtainPleatTape #CurtainPleatingTape #DIYPleatedCurtains #NoSewPleatedCurtains #PleatedCurtains

This post is all about curtain pleat tape for DIY pinch pleat curtains.

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DIY Curtain Pleat Tape: Supplies

You really don’t need very many supplies, because this is EASY. Here is what you need:

DIY Pleated Curtains supplies
  • Pleating Tape
curtain pleat tape
  • I purchased pleating tape from Hobby Lobby. Hint: be sure to buy it when Hobby Lobby is running the 40% off on Ribbon and Trim. It was around $7 per 10 yard spool. I only needed 2 spools to do all my curtain panels. I bought the Multi Pleater tape, so it had pockets that were evenly spaced, which allows for obtaining many different pleat styles. Here is the link to the curtain pleating tape at Hobby Lobby: White Multi Pleating Tape.
    • Amazon also has plenty of good options. I just prefer the multi pleating tape because you have so many more options to create pleat styles. Here are a few good options from Amazon
      • Olgamo Pure White Deep Pinch Pleat Tape (10-Yards) –
      • MJMP Pleat Tape for Curtain Heading Vintage Style Small Size with 20 Pcs Stainless Steel 4 Prong Curtain Pleat Hook Clip –
      • LCXX 3.35 Inch Wide Multifunction Curtain Tapes for Home Sewing Heading Deep Pinch Pleat Tape DIY Rod Pocket Hanging Hook Curtains 20 Meter, Multicolor –
  • Pleater Hooks
curtain pleater hook
  • You’ll need to purchase some pleating hooks. You’ll want to get the three prong hooks. If you purchase your pleating tape from Amazon from one of the above links, they come with the pleater hooks. I purchased my pleater hooks from Hobby Lobby here: Hobby Lobby Pleater Hooks. You can get pleater hooks really cheap on Amazon too. Here are a few Amazon pleater hook options:
    • 100 pack: baotongle Stainless Steel Curtain Pleater Tape Hooks Stainless Curtain Pleat Hook, 4 Prongs Pinch Pleat Hook Clip Traverse Pleater (100) –
    • 50 pack: baotongle 50 pcs Stainless Steel Curtain Pleater Tape Hooks Stainless Curtain Pleat Hook, 4 Prongs Pinch Pleat Hook ClipTraverse Pleater –
    • 75 pack: Millennial Essentials Stainless Steel Curtain Pleater Tape Hooks 75 Pack, Traverse Pleater 4 Prongs Curtain Pleat Hook Pinch Pleat Hook Clip (75) –
  • Heat-n-Bond Hem Adhesive – Iron on Adhesive –
  • Clothes Iron
  • Ironing Board

DIY Curtain Pleat Tape: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Now for the easy part, adding the pleating tape to your curtains!

Step 1: Prepare the curtains and iron.

Set up your ironing board, and lay the back side of the top edge of your curtain out on the board. Make sure it is nice and flat across the board. Turn your iron on to medium/high setting.

Step 2: Hem adhesive tape

Roll out the hem adhesive tape to the full width of the curtain. You will want to put one row of hem adhesive tape on the very top of the curtain where the pleater tape is going to go. You’ll also add a row of adhesive tape at the bottom of the pleater tape. *Hint- lay the pleating tape out on top of the hem adhesive tape to eyeball how far down to put the bottom row of hem adhesive tape. Depending on the width of your pleating tape, you may want to add another row of hem adhesive tape in the middle. My pleating tape was the 3.5″ wide, so I added three rows of hem adhesive tape.

Step 3: Pleating Tape

Roll out and cut the pleating tape to the width of the curtain panel. Lay the pleating tape over your hem adhesive tape strips. *Important Note: Be sure that you put don’t put the pleating tape on upside down. The openings to the pleat pockets should be at the bottom of the tape, not the top. Make sure the hem adhesive tape stays under the pleating tape and keep it straight and aligned with the top of the curtain. When you have it all laid out and everything is straight, you’re ready to iron.

Step 4: Iron the Pleating Tape

This part is pretty easy. All you need to do is hold the iron on the pleating tape for 8 to 10 seconds, or however long your iron takes to let the adhesive bond. Mine took about 8 seconds per section. Slowly progress down the curtain panel ironing over the pleating tape, making sure to keep everything straight as you go. Once done, lay the panel aside and let it cool off. *Note: while I ironed the pleating tape, it sort of rippled because I think it shrunk a bit when the adhesive heated up. I just made sure to hold the fabric and the pleating tape tight, and that helped. Once it all cooled off, that rippling pretty much went way.

Step 5: Add Pleat Hooks and Hang Curtains

That’s it! You can now add your pleating hooks, and hang your curtains. There are many different pleat styles, but I went with the traditional 1 prong per pleat pocket method. So, I simply put 1 prong of the hook in each pleat pocket. I left 5 pleat pockets between each pleat hook. See below for a sample of how I inserted and spaced my pleat hooks.

pleater hook spacing

Pinch Pleat Method – 1 prong per pocket – 5 empty pockets between prongs

DIY Curtain Pleat Tape: Results

Here are a few photos of how mine turned out! What do you think?

pleated curtains
linen pleated curtains

Not too bad, for such a simple method! Don’t forget to check out the awesome Amazon curtains that I added pleat tape to: BEST Amazon Curtains Under $40.

#AffordablePleatedCurtains #AddPleatingTape #PleatTape #AdhesivePleatingTape #EasyPleatedCurtains

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