pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments

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


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:


:: 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.


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.


Pin pleated ribbon onto sweater in desired location.


Continue pleating each ribbon and pin to sweater.



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


Switch out your thread with each different color of ribbon.

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

Isn’t it darling?!


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 Responses to pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments

  1. Christie April 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Once again, this is cool but so easy! You’re making me think that I could actually do stuff like this… love it.

  2. kristin M April 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    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.

  3. Kelly E. April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    SO cute!! And easy! Can you IG a pic of Audrey wearing it?! I would love to see it on her.

    • emily April 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Yes … when she’s in the mood to model :)

  4. Anja April 9, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Love the color combo! Cute! =)

  5. Sarah April 9, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    So cute! Where do you buy your ribbon? The colors are so pretty!

  6. Jill April 9, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Absolutely darling!

  7. Katie April 9, 2013 at 5:00 am #

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

    • emily April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      I did not wash it ahead of time.

  8. Mary Beth April 9, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Really cute idea, Emily!!! And I always love your gross grain ribbons. The stiff ones in Hobby Lobby just don’t cut it for me. :)

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