How to Make Pleated Ribbons

Updated February 21, 2017

Ribbons are available in different sizes and are made from many types of material, including velvet, lace and plastic. It is a versatile product that adds colour and vibrancy to dull items. You can pleat ribbons to decorate gifts, cakes or make rosettes. It is also possible to make complex bows by pleating ribbons. Learn to pleat ribbons and wow your friends with your new crafty skill. Use a box pleat to edge cakes, boxes or square gifts.

Choose a ribbon that matches the item you intend to use the ribbon with. Make sure it matches the fabric, gift wrap or theme of the object so it does not look out of place.

Pull out about 8 inches of ribbon from the reel. Keep the ribbon on the reel because you will use most of it to create the pleat. A pleat consists of concertinaed ribbon, so it requires a lot of length to give it a full appearance.

Fold 1 inch of ribbon back on itself. Bend the ribbon backwards so that it overlaps the rest of the ribbon -- in effect you will now have a small loop of ribbon.

Stitch the first pleat into place by threading across the lower edge of the loop, then hold it against the side of the object that you want to edge with the pleat. The ribbon should be placed horizontally along the edge.

Add a dab of glue behind the back of the first pleat, then press the ribbon pleat firmly on top to glue it into place.

Create another pleat by creating a U-shaped loop in the portion of ribbon, next to the first pleat. Bend the loop so that it overlaps the first pleat.

Put a dab of glue between the two sides of the U-shaped loop, and then at the base of the first pleat. Push the ribbon pleat down so it sticks halfway across the first pleat. The glue does not stick the ribbon flat against the surface, so that you have a full pleat effect.

Continue edging your object with the ribbon pleat by repeating steps 6 and 7. Work your way around the perimeter of the object to finish the pleating.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Glue
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.