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30-Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode 36 / Ripplefold Drapery with guest Ann K. Johnson

On episode 36 of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech, special guest Ann K. Johnson joins Ceil DiGuglielmo for a conversation about ripplefold drapery. (Air date March 25, 2020)

You can listen to this episode here: Ripplefold Drapery

What is Ripplefold Drapery

Ripplefold drapery has been used in commercial settings for many years. It's a flat drapery with basic fabrication; a snap tape is sewn to the top heading of the drapery and then snapped into special carriers on a traversing track. It's popular now for residential design. New hardware options allow for high end design with ripplefold drapery, and the clean lines are popular for contemporary interiors.


60% = 1.6x fullness

80% = 1.8x fullness

100% = 2x fullness

120% = 2.2x fullness

Workrooms set their own standards on fullness for lined and unlined

ripplefold treatments. Ann's preferred fullness 80% for lined ripplefold drapery, and 120% for sheer ripplefold drapery. Standards are only guidelines and she adapts to the client's preferences.

Snap Tape and Carriers

Snap tape is sewn to the top of a flat, finished drapery panel. All the snaps on all snap tapes are 4.25-inches apart from the center of the snaps.

The fullness is established by the snap carriers on the rod - which are connected by a cord, and not the snap tape which is sewn to the drapery.

  1. The longer the cord between carriers, the less fullness because there are fewer carriers on the finished rod face.

  2. The shorter the cord between carriers, the more fullness overall because there are more carriers on the finished rod face.

The photos below show ripplefold carriers 60%, 80%, 100% and 120% fullness