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.
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.