TUTORIAL – Easy TAB BACK CURTAINS / DRAPES


TAB BACK Drapes 
LIVING ROOM DRAPES SPOONFLOWER FABRIC...DESIGNED USING ONE OF MY PAINTINGS!

LIVING ROOM DRAPES
SPOONFLOWER FABRIC…DESIGNED USING ONE OF MY PAINTINGS!

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These are about as easy as it gets…

…where sewing is involved.
and BONUS…
….they LOOK very Polished when done.
DISCLAIMER: Despite the fact that I won a Singer Sewing Contest when I was 13 years old…
I am the SHORTCUT QUEEN.
And when it comes to making something for my OWN home
my motto is
“GET IT DONE AND GET IT UP!”
To me, all that matters is what is SEEN.

so, I guess follow my instructions….bearing that in mind.

TUTORIAL:

  • Supplies:
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • scissors
  • measuring tape or yard stick
  • “Stitch Witchery”!

I like to take advantage of the finished edges (the selvage on the sides of fabric)
so EACH panel is the WIDTH the fabric comes – 58″

I folded down 1. 5 ” on each side, leaving the FINISHED width
55 inches.

TABS:

Snip and rip a piece the entire WIDTH long.
Each strip yields abut 11 TABS.
Each of my Panels used 11 TABS 
FOLD and iron a strip of fabric and
Top stitch along the edges

Finish one EDGE and CUT the full length into
CUT long strip into long pieces
One 58″ strip yields about 11 TABS.
so make your strips accordingly.
Now, with these drapes, I wanted MINIMAL
stitches on the curtains OUTSIDES and this is why….
Over time, when there are stitches in the fabric,
the draping tends to get kind of saggy
like this:

 

ENTER
STITCH WITCHERY
Using the stitch witchery which I will now abbreviate to SW
prevent s the buckling and sagging that happens with machine stitching.
and yes, you also avoid sewing, though I find the work of ironing in the SW
a tad tedious…the Final product speaks for itself and makes any boredom worth while.
Oh, if you don’t know SW is a mesh tape made of a substance that when ironed…turns to glue and bonds fabric together.
GENIUS!

FOLD AND IRON YOUR SELVAGE SIDE SEAMS FIRST

THEN insert the SW and iron it DOWN.
SEE…NICE AND SMOOOOTHHH

APPLYING THE TABS

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I like to have my tabs about 5 inches apart. This way,
when the Drapes fold up, they look like this from the front…

1. Measure the top and fold over 4 inches…

2. NOW Open at you IRONED CREASE…and along that crease, pin each tab, equal distance apart (I pinned mine 5 inches apart).

drapes

3. Along the TOP of each Tab, with your fabric opened and laying flat, right side up,  stitch along the top of each tab…

4. Then KEEPING the fabric flat down, stitch along the BOTTOMS of each tab. ONCE all the tabs are securely  in place. You can flip your fabric over and do ONE nice line to attach that folded part down. IMG_8328

 

THE sides and hem are DONE with the SW so guess what…
YOU ARE DONE!!!

LIVING ROOM DRAPES SPOONFLOWER FABRIC...DESIGNED USING ONE OF MY PAINTINGS!

LIVING ROOM DRAPES
SPOONFLOWER FABRIC…DESIGNED USING ONE OF MY PAINTINGS!

 

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