How To Make A Tie Back
This video will show you how to make a curtain tie back. Follow the easy step-by-step set of instructions and learn how to create a tie back for your curtains in a few short minutes!
Now, curtain tie backs are usually thought of as afterthoughts. They are in a way, but if they're big curtains, they've got to be planned in because they do actually use up quite a bit of material and if there is a pattern to consider, you have to pattern them into the curtain. Now, here, I'm going to make a very simple pair of tie backs and we're going to choose the banana shape and it's going to be for a fairly small pair of curtains.
So, we decide how many widths or we know how many widths the curtains have got that you're going to tie back, and for a pair of curtains which is interlined and lined, we need a tie back that is going to measure approximately 40 centimeters from end to end. And so we double the piece of fabric like this and we draw out, with pens, the shape starting from the middle, which is the bent, the folded edge. We make shape for us to cut around as a tie back with the pins.
They're usually much narrower at the end that you're going to hook onto a tie back hook, which is put into the wall, and they're thicker at the curtain end. So, that's about right. And now we cut round, giving a centimeter outside the pins, which is your seam allowance, round off the edge and then you look at it flat on and you decide whether you like that shape.
I don't really like this shape, I'm going to narrow it off a bit so I'm going to take off some of the top width in the middle of the curtain. There we are. That looks better.
Take out the pins. And there is the shape of your tieback. Remember, the higher you go towards the end when you mark out on your pins, the sharper the shape will be.
You then need to stiffen these tie back, so you use a stiff buckram, which is usually used for pelmets, you can get fusible on both sides, which is useful, because then you iron this tie back that you just cut out onto the fusible side. It will stick to it. You then cut round, trim it off, and then you cut a second one, a second side, for the back of the tie back, and hand stitch it together.
Once you've done all that, you hand stitch a hook at each end, and there's your tie back. .