How To Make Pinch Pleat Curtains With Clip Rings?

If you’re planning on decorating your home with a lavish and dramatic feel, here’s a guide on how to make pinch pleat curtains with clip rings.

Pinch pleat curtains are one of the most “extra” curtains you will find.

how to make pinch pleat curtains with clip rings

So, if you have a flair for dramatics, you have found the perfect design for you.

Follow the easy steps to make fashionable drapes for your home.


Steps To Make Pinch Pleat Curtains With Clip Rings

So, how to make pinch pleat curtains with clip rings?


Step #1. Gathering our tools

Before starting, make sure we have all we need. It will make the procedure faster and more organized.



The cloth is vital for this task.

Obviously, without it, you can’t make your curtain.

So, it is essential not to overlook the different features that make a fabric better than the others and more suitable for your taste.



A liner is anything that can be used as a guide to making your stitches clean and structured.

An example is a chalk, a pencil, or a pen.


Threads and needles

When it comes to sewing, threads and needles are a given.



Buckram is a stiff, structured cloth that gives shape to fabrics.

It is mainly used for edges or linings as it makes the material durable and tough.



Weights, like its name, are weighted objects that serve as placeholders for fabrics.

They are used to keep folded areas in their places.


Clip Rings

That is where your curtains will be hanging, so make sure to choose based on the weight and size of your fabric.

Your rings should be capable of handling the weight of the material and should fit the rod.

However, if your fabric is light enough, you may choose depending on what you want.

Big hoops may look trendy even with small curtains.


Sewing machine

You may go traditional by using your hand.

But using a machine is more convenient since pleated curtains are pretty complicated.

And manually sewing might double the time you need.


Tape measure

Tape measures or rulers may be used, but using tape will be faster because of longer lengths.


Pins and scissors

Pins are used to keeping fabrics in place and make sewing much faster without the hassle of moving them that get into your way.

It also avoids common sewing accidents like sewing on the wrong layer—scissors, as sharp as possible, for cutting fabrics and threads.


Set square

A set square is a ruler that is good at measuring angles, and its linear base is convenient for flattening and smoothening fabrics to organize them.


Straight edge

This one is a 1-meter ruler that is essential in marking lines in your fabric.


Step #2. Measuring the dimensions

Take note of the following:


Measuring the width

When measuring the width involves measuring the rod.

Once the rod is measured, allow allowance depending on the number of pleats you will be making.


Measuring the length

Now, when measuring the length, you should start half or a whole inch from the rod.

Leave a space between your fabric from the rod.

It is essential to leave room to let the rings freely move and the pleats to be achieved.

The length of the curtain is dependent on you.

For a flowy look, you can let it drop to the floor and add a few more inches.


Step #3. Cutting the fabric

Using weights, secure your chosen cloth onto an ample space.

Utilize the straight edge to see lines and a set square for more complicated angles.

And with these measuring devices, use a liner to mark these places.

Pin the needed areas and use your scissors to cut through the fabric.

Cut off strips of fabric. Preferably 8 inches long, each with a width of 3 inches.

These will serve as your tab loops where you’ll insert the rod.


Step #4. Sewing

You should remember the following:


Fold the fabric

Fold the edges of your cut fabric, a standard one or half an inch of it.

Secure them with pins and sew through using the hemming stitch—iron the area to set it firmly.


Secure the loops

Take the loops that you cut off a while ago.

Fold them together, press the two touching edges onto the northern area of your fabric.

Arrange these loops with equal distances between them.

Once satisfied with the pacing, pin them down.

Sew the loops to the curtain. The pins will be removed once finished or as you go. Iron them firmly.

Flatten the sewn area out.


Placing the loop to the curtain

Start from the top of the curtain. About 4 to 6 inches from the edge, this is where your pleats will end.

Then take the left edge of the pleat and fold-scrunch it 4 to 5 times.

Secure it with a pin. Repeat this until your reach the other end.

Leave the space in between and put them together with a pin every time.


Sew the pleats

Sew these pleats manually.

Make sure to place the stitches in subtle areas to maintain the pristine appearance.


Step #5. Placing the clip rings

Take your clip rings.

There will be a lock or opening somewhere. Once you find it, open and hand one loop for each ring.

Repeat the process until each loop is partnered with a ring.

Once done, open the rings again, but this time attach them to the curtain rod.

Suppose your rings happen not to have an opening.

Keep in mind to insert the rings before sewing the loops into your curtain.


Step #6. Finishing up

Iron the pleats on its side, not on its top view.

Make sure they look like a seat of folded lines that spread out.

Cut off any excess fabric and thread.



Pinch pleat curtains are not the easiest drapes to make, but isn’t it worth it once you have your finished product?

We hope you’ve learned and used your creativity in making your home more extravagant!

And that is how to make pinch pleat curtains with clip rings.