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Gifting #4: Pleats

Updated: Apr 15, 2022


Pleats are aesthetic, creative and functional. Teachers will tell you to use a ruler for consistency but that's completely optional - wrapping should be fun and require very little equipment.

In my example , I've decided to pleat at the end after 1-2. I've folded in the edge (jagged edge). Paper is pretty pliable so use its natural grain and a pushing motion to help create the pleat. 3. Lift a little on the sides of the paper, flip the edge so the "front" faces you (the "back"), push forward then push back to a desired width (1-2cm for multiple pleats) leaving about 0.5-1cm below it and press down - you are actually creating 3 folds with this motion. Refer to the video for the movement

4. Lastly, you need to do a "half" pleat (actually 2/3) so the pleats face outwards - same as step 3 but without the initial flip.

I've chosen to do parallel pleats on this one but experiment! For skewed pleats, you will need a little extra length that depends on the angle as more paper will be tucked under on one side. You also don't need to start your pleat on the edge like I have - though that's the easiest. To start in the middle of the paper, find the location you want to pleat and follow the same movement - the only difference is the amount of paper you have to handle.


TRICK:

It may be difficult to wrap the sides when the item is horizontal (especially if you have pleats as it skews the paper) so I sometimes create the folds on one side and before sticking it down I flip it over so that the other side is facing up and the side I had folded is on the ground. Once I fold and tape down this side I return to the other side to fix up the folds and tape it down.

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