The trick to making this easy are the pleats that will need to make first. The amount of fabric you’re working with and also what you’ll use it for (curtain, garment etc) will determine how much you need.
First things first, iron your fabric so it’s nice and flat. I trimmed it after so it’s a nice rectangle.
For this application, I drew vertical lines 4cm apart (see picture below). I would advise you leave some space (whether seam allowance or longer) before line 1 and after the last line.
Now for the pleating. Starting with line1, fold it from left to right to meet line 2. Press. At line 3 you want to fold that from right to left to meet point 2. Press. You can use pins if you’d like to hold everything in place. .
Do the same thing to lines 4,5,6 the. repeat the process all across the fabric. The picture below is a bit zoomed in, but you should end up with something like this in the end.
If you notice in last picture, there are chalk lines going across the pleats: these are where your honeycomb stitches will go. They can be any size you’d like. For this application, I’ve made each 3cm apart. For naming sake, let’s call these row 1, row 2 etc going from top to bottom. The measurement between row 1 and 3 will be the length of your honeycomb, so consider that before you stitch.
Starting at row 1, stitch in way that the pleats are secure on each side. Do this across the length of your fabric. Move down to row 3 and repeat the process again. Do this for every odd-numbered row till you reach the bottom.
Finally, we’ve come to the honeycomb part. On row two, pinch line 1 and 3 then bring them together. You should be able to see the honeycomb form at this point. Stitch.
Continue doing that across the fabric. Move down to the row 4 and do the same to even numbered rows.
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