Posts tagged ‘pleating tape’

April 12, 2012

Curtains with pleating tape tutorial

In one of my previous posts I shared that I made my own curtains using the pleating tape, now I try to explain how. It is actually simpler, than I thought, I just don’t like handling these huge pieces of fabric.

1/When making curtains, the saying measure twice, sew once is more than appropriate.  Measure length of the pelmet on which you plan to hang the curtains. If it is for example 4 meters, you will need at least 6 meters wide fabric. If you had less, or even only 4, the pleats wouldn’t be visible. It is always written on the pleating tape that if you for example want have your final curtain wide 4 meters, you need 6 meters of fabric, because when you pull the strings, the pleating tape will shrink your curtains by certain amount.

2/When sure about the lengths, cut neatly and straight, I cut my fabric in 2 pieces to have one on each side of the window obviously…

3/Sew nice hem at both vertical sides of the curtain and then around the bottom.

4/Time to sew on the pleating tape. My curtains are supposed to be from the ceiling to the floor. My pelmet is 1 cm from the ceiling and bottom of the hooks on which the curtains will hang are 3 cm below. I needed to guess where approximately I should place the tape, so that the part with the loops is 3 cm from the top of the curtain. It is because I want the fabric to hide the hooks.

5/Place the tape on the face side of the fabric and pin it properly. Make sure you have on each side of the fabric around 10cm more tape, so that you can later fold it over the edge as on the picture.       

Where the edge of the pleating tape is, that will be the top of my curtain. It is the spot where my fingernail ends. So from there until the bottom of the fabric I wanted to have 263 cm, as my length must be from the pelmet to the floor. 

6/ Sew the tape on the fabric. Careful, each tape may be different as to in which places to sew. Ask for the instruction in the shop. I need to sew mine just around the edges, as close to them as possible. 

7/Now it is time to bend the tape around the corner as pictured in point 5. Don’t forget to pull out the strings, so that you don’t sew them inside the curtain.
So now looking from the back side of the fabric, you make two steps. First bend the tape around the edge.

Secondly, bend the top of the curtain along the top seam on the tape. If you were not sewing completely at the edge, watch out so that the tape is not visible from face side. You can see that by this I took care of the cut edges of the tape and they will be neatly done now.

8/Make the second seam at the other side of the tape…in my case where the tip of my fingernail is on the above picture.

Believe or not, it is finished. Now you just need to pull the strings to create the pleats, bind them properly and hang the curtains. Mines are hanging already!

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