How to Iron Pleats Please

Ironing pleats is not easy for a lot of people. When ironing pants with pleats, there is a specific way to go about so that you can end up with a perfectly ironed trouser with pleats in place. To iron your pleated pants like a pro, follow my steps and you will be proud of your work. The Fashion Blender team suffered through the heatwave to iron plenty of items to write this guide!

Gather All The Necessary Items

Plan for your ironing. You should have an ironing board, iron, and a bottle of starch. The starch will help you get a perfect finish. When you get everything ready and in the same place, connect the iron box to the source of power and regulate the heat so that you do not burn the trouser. Typically, every fabric has a recommended amount of heat. Check your pants material and adjust accordingly.

Turn The Pant Inside Out

Turning the trouser inside out gives you the chance to iron the pockets with a lot of ease. Position the trouser on the board with the back pockets facing upward. Iron the back pockets and then flip the trouser to iron the front pockets. Ironing the pockets eliminates the formation of any wrinkles.

Turn The Pant So That The Right Side is Out

Having ironing the pockets, lift the trouser from the board and turn it to its original side. You can then spray some starch on the pant so that you can get a perfect finish and the pleats to hold for longer. In case you do not want t use starch on the outside, you can spray the starch before turning it right side out. With the hot iron box, press on the trouser all the way to the waistband and around it.

Locating The Pleats And Ironing Them

To locate the pleats, identify the starting point and pinch it. You can then tag on the leg of the pant gently so that the pleat can appear clearly. If the pleat is proving to be stubborn, you can pin it using some pins.

Having located the pleat and where it ends, press against it with the iron box from top to bottom. Take note that the bottom is where the pleat ends. Trouser pleats are very brief. Therefore, be careful not to force them to extend past their length.

After ironing the pleats, you can go ahead and complete ironing the whole trouser then hang it up. It is an easy and simple process that you cannot get wrong.

Tips and Tricks to Help You Iron Your Pleated Skirt

Now that I have a few pleated skirts I did some research on the best way to iron pleats. I’ve been experimenting so I thought I might share some of my tips with you.

The best way to iron a pleated skirt, for example, is on an ironing board. This is because you can put the skirt over the board length ways and rotate the skirt around, ironing as you go. You will easily be able to see the end of your job this way. My next tip is using paper clips to hold your pleats in place.


First fill your iron with water so you can iron with steam. Make sure you look at the care tag on your pleated skirt and set the iron to the setting most appropriate for the fabric it is made from. If you are worried about ironing an item, my rule of thumb is to start with a clean cloth over the item first. If that is not removing the wrinkles increase the heat WITHOUT removing the protective cloth. Remember safety first.

Put your skirt waist band over the ironing board and press that first. Then put the body of the skirt over the board so that the pleats run parallel to the board edge. Gather the fabric at the bottom of the skirt so that you can lay the pleats flat and together from top to bottom. Use paper clips to secure the pleats at the bottom of the skirt so that they all lay flat. Make sure there are no tucks and creases. It’s best to only secure an iron width amount of pleats at a time and then iron those. You can then rotate the skirt over the board and start the process again.

When ironing the pleats, start from the waist band and iron down to the bottom of the skirt. Another tip is to work from the inside of the pleat to the outside. Remember to set the pleats with a shot of steam. Press the pleats carefully with a lower-and-lift motion, hitting the steam button just before you make contact with the skirt. Don’t drag the iron on the fabric because you could stretch your skirt.

Once you have finished hang your skirt up straight away. The above process can be modified for other pleated items because the general idea to flatten and arrange the pleats is universal.