Wednesday, 9 May 2012

How to make curtain tiebacks

So you’ve taken advantage of our crazy curtaining offer and are now looking to add the finishing touches to your window treatment. Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, curtain tiebacks are a great way to secure your curtains to one or both sides of the window. They let light into a room and create attractive folds in the curtain. Carry on reading and discover how to make your own curtain tiebacks.

Curtain fabric
Lining fabric
Iron-on interfacing
Matching thread
Measuring tape
Four small curtain rings
Two decorative hooks
Screws & wall plugs

  1. With the curtains open, wrap the measuring tape around the curtains in the area where you would like the tiebacks to sit. Remember to gather the curtains to the final fullness you require as this will affect the measurements.
  2. Make a mark on the wall where the tieback hook will need to be positioned and, using this spot as your basis, measure around the curtain to get the length of the tiebacks. You will need to allow 10cm or more for the width of the tieback, depending on how wide you want them.
  3. Draw the design of your tiebacks onto a piece of paper, making sure that they are to the correct length and width, and then cut it out.
  4. Fold the curtain fabric in half, right sides together, and pin on your pattern. Cut out, leaving a 20mm seam allowance on all sides. Do the same with the lining fabric.
  5. Using your pattern, cut out two pieces of interface. In this case you won’t have to add a seam allowance.
  6. Pin and iron the interface on to the back of the curtaining. Be sure to centre the interface so that there is a 20mm overhang of fabric on the edges.
  7. Fold the seam allowance of the fabric over the interfacing and pin. Make small V-shaped notches in any curves to allow the fabric to lie flat. Press and machine stitch in place.
  8. Turn under a seam allowance of 25mm on all sides of the lining pieces. As with the curtaining pieces, make v notches in any curves and press.
  9. Pin the wrong side of the lining over the interface to the wrong side of the curtaining. The edges should be 6mm in from the edges of the curtain fabric. Press and using an invisible slipstitch sew the lining in place.
  10. Sew a small curtain ring to each tieback end.
  11. Find the markings you made earlier on the wall and drill two small holes so that you can fit the curtain hooks to the wall. Insert the wall plugs and screw the hooks into place.
  12. Finally, wrap your tiebacks around the curtains and hook into place.
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