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pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments

Today’s project is a favorite because of it’s versatility.

pleated-ombre-ribbon-sweater-

The technique is simple: hand pleat ribbon and stitch onto desired item. I chose one of Audrey’s simple cardigan sweaters, but you could easily do this to a t shirt, a pillow, a headband, shoe clips … just use your imagination.

Here’s what you’ll need:

supplies-for-sweater-with-pleated-ribbon

:: sweater {or t shirt, pillow, etc
:: various ribbons {grosgrain or satin}
:: coordinating thread
:: scissors
:: sewing machine and pins {not shown}

Start by laying out a pattern for your ribbon.

lay-out-ribbon-in-desired-order

Next, create knife pleats {folds that go in the same direction} and iron to hold shape.  I just folded by hand, but you could mark measurements if you’d like your pleats to be perfectly spaced.

iron-pleats-into-ribbon

Pin pleated ribbon onto sweater in desired location.

first-pleat-pinned

Continue pleating each ribbon and pin to sweater.

   pin-all-pleats-to-the-sweater

pleats-pinned-to-sweater

Using a matching thread, stitch along the top of the ribbon pleat.

stitch-on-pleated-ribbon

Switch out your thread with each different color of ribbon.

Here’s the final product:  pleated-ribbon-sweater

Isn’t it darling?!

ombre-pleated-ribbon-sweater

A very simple way to embellish.

I’d love to see what you are inspired to create … be sure to share your pleated project on friday!

11 thoughts on “pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments”

  1. I love your color choices and width variation. This would also be great if the sweater (t-shirt, pillowcase, etc.) had a stain you wanted to cover.

  2. Adorable!! Wanted to ask – do you wash your ribbon before you sew with it? Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

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