If we already have a good view from our window, we could also wish that we have our curtains and draperies frame the scene, rather than covering it up with a soft veiling or even hiding it completely. We might also wish to have a proper knowledge on making tie backs for curtains.
Making tie backs for curtains has its simplest kind which is the straight bands of the fabric, which may be folded and stitched or even, have a trimming along both sides of its edges. It could also be short enough to hold the fabric tightly in a bunched fold, or even long enough to permit the curtain fabric to drape softly.
A lot of curtains have tie backs of a straight band of the curtain which is being folded over the gathered edges of a full raffle, which is practically being used for bedrooms or even at the informal living room. The most formal draperies could have its folded bands left plain, or even with a trimming that is being introduced along with the folded stitched edges. This may also be stiffened with an interlining of a canvas or buckram, or it may be lined with a contrasting fabric with or without any inner stiffening.
Procedures in making tie backs for curtains
Now let us discuss one of the procedures in making tie backs for curtains which have its simplest type. In which we just have to cut a fabric strip of the very same material as our draperies or our curtains. We should make this strips measured at least 14 to 20 inches long for a usual tie back, and 30 to 40 inches long for a strip that can be draped loosely up to the top corner of our window frame for either of its side.
We could also cut this strip for at least 8 inches wide, just to allow for a half-inch seam at each of its side, folding it lengthwise and by using a cotton tape that could run through its fold. We should now stitch along the edge ½ inch in, and then pull out the cotton tape, which will turn the tube right side out.
Now, we can fold the tube smoothly to be able to follow the seam along the edges, and press it flat. After which, we should now tuck in every unfinished end and pleat it neatly around a bone or any metal ring, and sew it with a small overcasting stitches. Then, place a cup hook in our window frame at our desired height just to hold these two rings. And lastly, we should hook one of the rings and bring the tie back around from the back of our drapery or our curtain and then hook the other one on the other place in end.
We should never forget to try out the tie backs before placing the hooks in our window frame. After we had placed it, we can now adjust the folds to drape attractively over it. If we had used a softer material we had to loop our folds over its tie back more.
Curtains can pronounce your home décor
When dealing with the most important parts of your home décor, windows are definitely one of them. Curtains are the simplest and most popular type of window dressing and have involved greatly with the changing times. Curtains are used to only be available in a typical rich fabric which added volume and traditional weight to your interior décor. Placing window dressings that you really like can add extra interior decoration. Aside from adding a design, curtains can also protect you from sunlight.
Today, wide varieties of materials are available where you can choose a various styles of curtain. Though, you must also consider the decoration of your home before you choose the window dressing. It is very important that your curtains match the design of your house. If you want a modern décor and contemporary then eyelet curtains may suit your home. And if you want a 1950’s interior design curtains, it is possible. 1950’s style are coming back and there are many products now available to “capture the past” in your home decorating. To help you started, here’s a partial list reproduced products inspired from the 1950’s interior design curtains.
• Fabric by the yard including bark cloth for curtains, pillows and furniture upholstery.
• Interior design curtains matches the kitchen table and chair sets complete with chrome legs, Formica table tops and vinyl covered seats in many colors. It also matches with small retro style kitchen appliances including, toasters and soda shop drink mixers.
• 1950’s design is also applicable in stoves and refrigerators styles reproduced with today’s technology, but with the original appearance in many original colors
• Your antique and local second hand appliances are very good style because it will add the feeling that you are in 1950’s.
Useful Hints and Tips for Choosing Curtains
Curtains add a finishing touch to any room. They can transform your room as you wish with curtains to give it a classy, chic or trendy look. Before choosing curtains take note of the size, shape and the style of windows or anyplace that you want to hang curtains. The curtains should match the general décor of a room. You can add height to a room by hanging full length curtains or you can give a room an airy look with short and bright curtains.
Today there are literally countless varieties of curtains available in all hues and patterns to suit the décor of your home, from ready-made to custom-made curtains. You can also find an assortment of curtain rods ranging from stylish and trendy to elegant and classic. Perfect curtains with matching rods that blend with your room décor can enhance the whole ambience of the room.
Following are some useful tips for choosing the perfect curtains
• Take care to blend your curtain fabric with that of your upholstery. This will give a uniform look to the room.
• If you are aiming for a sophisticated and periodic look, go for fabrics with classic patterns for your curtains.
• Choosing the right curtain is not enough, you also have to give attention to tablecloths, towels or bed linens in the room. Colours and textures of all these fabrics should blend well to enhance the ambience of a room.
• You can create space within a room to establish a social zone by placing carpets or attractive rugs.
• If you want to let in air and light into your room then go for gauzy or sheer curtains.
• To have more control of the light that enters your room you can use venetian blinds instead of curtains.
• If the room is already cluttered with lots of pictures, furniture and other accessories, the best choice is to select muted or neutral colours for curtains and also for your upholstery.
• Keep in mind that curtains are not just for windows. You can improvise and use them to separate a long hallway or other areas.
• If you have leftover fabrics from curtains, use them to redecorate your furniture to match your curtains.
So you want to sew curtains for the first time
Next would be the preparation of materials for sewing fabric. In general, you would need measurement materials such as yardsticks and tape measures, sewing devices or tools such as sewing machines and scissors, and other supporting materials like threads, pins etc.
If you don’t have a ready made fabric for curtains, then you might have to cut one for yourself. Adjust the size of the fabric to the size of the window. The fabric doesn’t have to be of completely exact size. In fact, excess fabric is even more recommendable as it provides room for the main design of your curtain. Pre-wash the fabric before sewing or cutting it. You might be surprised to see the difference in size between a store-bought fabric and a pre-washed fabric, and might make errors in cutting and sewing the fabric altogether.
Another procedure in sewing curtains is to mark the fabric. This is to know where the cut line would be and where to fold and sew the fabric into place. Sewing the fabric is mostly done to shorten the fabric to a specified size. When there is a need to create certain decorations like ruffles and certain draping designs on your curtains, pins are used. In sewing the fabric, always make sure to measure the folded areas before sewing, and test them if they fit the design by applying pins first before actually sewing them into place.
This is just be a starting reference to get you started in sewing curtains. There are whole variety of designs and decorative innovations in sewing curtains, and there are quite a number of experts who are willing to help you in your curtain design. You just have to know where and how to look, and who and how to ask.