How to Make Goblet Pleat Drapes

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How to Make Goblet Pleat Drapes
Goblet pleats look like rows of wine glass forms. (Wine goblet image by Yanir Taflev from

Goblet pleat drapes are named after their headings, which are shaped like the cup of a tall wine glass. Goblet drapes are luxurious, expensive-looking window treatments that you can do yourself for a fraction of the store cost. Stuff the goblet forms with cotton stuffing, cardboard paper rolls or tissue paper to help them retain their shapes. Buy plenty of yardage, as creating goblet pleats requires a lot of fabric. These instructions assume that you will use 6 to 8 pleats per yard of fabric and equal widths for both pleats and spaces, but you are free to experiment with more or fewer pleats per yard and different fullness ratios.

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Things you need

  • Installed curtain rod
  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator
  • Fabric
  • Fabric lining
  • Buckram
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric pen or chalk
  • Stuffing material

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance between your curtain rod's finials, then divide this measurement by 2. Add 4 inches to the halved measurement, to account for curtain spring-back; curtains need spring-back space to relax properly once hung.

  2. 2

    Take the number you reached in step 1 and multiply it by 6 or 8, the number of pleats you would like per yard, to figure out exactly how many pleats you will make. Divide the number of total pleats by the curtain rod length you used in your last equation. This is the width in inches of your pleats, as well as the spaces between your pleats. Round all numbers to the nearest 1/8-inch.

  3. 3

    Add together the amount of pleats and spaces, and multiply the total by their individual widths; this is the amount of fabric you need for one curtain panel. Cut your fabric and liner to this length. Pin your buckram to the top of your fabric, directly below where you plan your seam allowance and across the curtain panel's entire length. Lay the lining backside down on top of the buckram and fabric. Pin the fabric and lining together through the buckram. Fold in the seam allowances of the fabric and lining toward each other, on top of the buckram. Press with an iron, then machine-stitch down the length of the buckram.

  4. 4

    Using a fabric pen or chalk, draw a line across the top of the lining, on top of the buckram underneath. Using the width of the pleats and spaces as a guide, make 4-inch perpendicular lines at regular intervals to mark the location of your pleats and spaces.

  5. 5

    Pull the edges of the pleat lines together, creating a vertical fold. Pin the fabric together over the two lines that you are holding; this is your first pleat. Machine stitch the pleat together, removing pins as you go along. Repeat with the remaining pleats.

  6. 6

    Turn the curtain panel over, right-side up. Press down on the base of each pleat with an iron to make three small pleats. Bar-tack these pleats using your machine and strong matching thread; stitch between the folds of the pleats to hide the stitches.

  7. 7

    Insert your stuffing material inside the tops of the goblets to help them keep their shape. Hand-sew pin hooks to the bottom of each pleat on the back side of the curtain and then hook the curtain panel to the rod. Repeat the total process for the remaining drapery panel to complete the window treatment.

Tips and warnings

  • Measure twice before you start cutting. Remove stuffing material before washing these curtains.

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