A simple way to make a "Pleater Board" for any size pleats in just minutes.

Technique Materials

1. Poster Board (22x28) with Ghost Lines

2. X-acto Knife

3. Acrylic Ruler

4. Self-Healing Board

5. Permanent Glue

6. Metallic Ruler

7. Iron (optional)

8. Iron cloth (optional)

9. Paper Clips (optional)

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    Feb 18, 2013, 01.58 PMby contactdee2002

    also what is self healing board?

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    Feb 18, 2013, 01.57 PMby contactdee2002

    hi can you tell me the measurements of the posterboard i need and the spaceing of the dots for the pleats please?

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    Jan 23, 2013, 12.59 AMby MrPleater

    Mr. Pleater makes, quality pleater board them in all sizes. www.mrpleater.com

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    Jun 9, 2011, 11.48 AMby tungufoss

    This tutorial is the answers to my prayers! I can finally dare to make my dream folklore shirt. :)

    I shall never be pleat-shy ever, ever again! Thanks!

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    Nov 5, 2010, 07.20 PMby eringilday

    totally linked to this! awesome tute! <3 erin

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    Jul 16, 2010, 03.15 PMby dolina

    Thank you so much for this tip, I wondered how can I make the pleater in home and you give me the answer.


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    Nov 25, 2009, 07.50 PMby jethro

    Very clever idea. Thanks for the tip! I will definitely use this technique the next time I make something with pleats.

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    Aug 25, 2009, 04.31 AMby davee09


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    Mar 27, 2009, 10.17 PMby aladdin2

    Wow! I have never heard of a pleater board before! This will save me so much time! Thank you so much for sharing this! :D

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    Mar 26, 2009, 11.18 AMby jocole

    foil would not add bulk, if you want to see an example of a pleater board made with foil, you can check out this:


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    Mar 25, 2009, 05.33 AMby fbeenz

    Thank you for comments. I do not use max. heat setting on the iron because it displaces the pleats on the pleater board. Adding foil is a good idea but it adds bulk to the pleats on the board and leaves little room for the fabric to be tucked in.

    The poster board, I used, is not heavy weight. It is the thickness of ordinary card stock. It can be replaced by manila file folder or card stock or as you suggested cereal cartons.

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    Mar 25, 2009, 04.23 AMby seemane

    What a cost-effective & simple idea. Thank you so much for this how-to :)

    I am going to email it to a friend – she is desperartely tryign to purchase some pleated tulle for making bridesmaid dresses in the UK & cannot find any anywhere… this looks like an inexpensive & easy solution!

    Query: I guess you could use light-weight cardboard instead of the poster-board…say the same weight/thickness as the box/carton that cereal like Cornflakes comes in maybe? (As I don’t think you can get that make with the ‘Ghost lines’ in the United Kingdom?).

    Also, re: jocole’s suggestion above about adding foil… would it be best to glue the foil to the surface of the pleater?

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    Mar 24, 2009, 08.51 PMby jocole

    you could cover the poster board with foil to make it so you can use higher heat to set the pleats.

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