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WT Online: Low-Bulk Method Pleated Draperies

Instructor: Susan Woodcock

Classes held on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm ET on June 11, 18 and 25, 2024

Cost: $100.00 online class only, or $175.00 online class with supply kit. 


Custom, pleated draperies are a timeless style, just as popular today as ever.  Draperies provide privacy, light control, insulation, beauty and style.  Sewing draperies is a great skill to learn whether decorating your own home or as part of your custom workroom business.  In this class you will learn efficient techniques to produce a quality product.


In this 3-week course you will complete a pair of lined, pleated draperies using the low-bulk method.  Class sample will be 1 ½ widths each side (3 widths of material) by 30 inches long with French pleats and hand-sewn hems. 


Cilass includes:

  • Three 1-hour online interactive lessons with instructor Susan Woodcock, presented live and recorded to review later (with 3 months online access after class is completed).
  • Written how-to instructions and worksheets

Optional: Supply kit with Hanes Classic Napped Sateen lining, buckram, weights, pin hooks, and fusible tape. 


3-Week Course Outline

Lesson One:

  • Measuring and pre-planning
  • Overview of drapery styles and hardware
  • Determining fullness
  • Figuring yardage and working with pattern repeats
  • Selecting fabric and lining
  • Overview of materials and supplies
  • Measuring and cutting fabric
  • Hemming


Lesson Two:

  • Adding lining
  • Finishing hems
  • Top heading with buckram


Lesson Three:

  • Understanding pleats and spaces
  • Discussion of pleat styles
  • Sewing and tacking pleats
  • Inserting pin hooks
  • Dressing and installation tips


This is a beginner-level course.  A basic understanding of sewing, and some general tools and supplies are needed to complete this project.  You will need: sewing machine, scissors, pins, iron, tape measure & ruler or yardstick, needles and thread. 


Class fee with kit ($175.00) includes free shipping in the continental U.S.


Cancellation policy:

This is a home study program.  You will receive all of the above-listed materials and supplies so you can complete the class.  No refunds provided.


WT Online: Low-Bulk, Pleated Draperies

  • This is a home study program.  You will receive all of the above-listed materials and supplies so you can complete the class. No refunds provided. 

  • "Susans' low- bulk drapery class was amazing! I learned so much including pattern matching, stitches, measuring, how to figure out fabric yardage, number of folds, spacing, all the various pleating techniques including 2-3 fold french pleat, Euro pleat and more! Susan provided many resources for products and she shared her personal tidbits along the way. I had been listening to Workroom Tech podcast for some time, but so glad to have taken my first course and look forward to the next and the next..."
    ~Maureen B.

    "The class was amazing. I took this and the Roman blinds class. Susan was amazing and taught each in a very logical and easy to understand way. Susan’s enthusiasm was infectious. I will take whatever additional classes they offer".
    ~Kate P.

    I learned so much and feel confident to actually make a full set for myself and hopefully others too. They looked more intimidating than they were but it certainly helps to have the right tools and products! I love, love, love the look of a simple pleated drape and love to learn something new!
    ~Denise K.

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