Hurrah! I finally crossed off the third task on my list of unfinished objects – the tiebacks for my kitchen curtains. Goodness knows why I put it off for so long. They were so quick and easy to make. For anyone who’s interested, here’s my quick and easy method to make tiebacks to fit any size curtains… They took me about 45 minutes per pair.
- Card or paper for making template
- Fabric – approximately 0.5 – 0.75 yards/meters, depending on the size of your tiebacks. See how to calculate more accurately below.
- Buckram – approximately 1.5 – 2 yards/meters, depending on the size of your tiebacks. See how to calculate more accurately below.
- Thread to match or contrast as desired
- 4 curtain rings approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) diameter.
Create your template for your tieback
Gather one of your curtains with a tape measure at the point you wish your tieback to sit, so the curtain is drawn back in the way you want it to be. This measurement will give the finished width of each tieback.
Add a line at each end the length you wish the ends of your tiebacks to be. If you’re not sure, just guess, you can always adjust later.
Once you are happy cut half the template as shown below then fold it over and use the cut half of the curve as a template to cut out the other half. This will create a perfectly symmetrical template.
Finally place your template around your curtain, as if it was your finished tieback, to check you will be happy with the finished product. If you’re not, re-measure and redraw until you are.
Calculate how much fabric you need for your tieback
Width: at least as wide as one tieback plus 1 inch or 3cm
Length in feet and inches = (4 x length at deepest part of tieback) + 2
Length in centimetres and meters = (4 x length at deepest part of tieback) + 6
Example, my tieback was 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep
Width of fabric required = 28 + 1 = 29 inches.
Length of fabric required = (4 x 4) + 2 = 18 inches
Or in centimetres:
My tieback was 70cm wide and 10cm deep
Width of fabric required = 70 + 3 = 73cms
Length of fabric required = (4 x 10) + 6 = 46 centimetres
You will also need two pieces of buckram the same size as your tieback template.
I used buckram from a roll 5inch/13cm wide, so for two 28inch/70cm tiebacks I needed a piece of buckram 56 inch/140cms long.
Cutting out your tieback
Cut along the line you’ve drawn
Repeat to cut out second tieback.
Cutting out buckram
- Place tieback template on a single layer of buckram and draw around it.
- Cut out
- Repeat for second tieback
Making up your tiebacks
Open out and place the long straight edge of buckram on wrong side against fold.
Press edges onto wrong side 1/2inch (1.5cm) all around, overlapping buckram where necessary. You may need to clip into the curved edge a little if you have particularly thick fabric.
- If the edges don’t meet exactly, repress until they do.
Sew the curtain rings approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) from the edge of the tieback –on the inside.