Make Your Own Curtains, Part 2
MAKE IT WORK
In our first blog about making your own curtains, we talked about the importance of carefully measuring the right amount of fabric, and that our customer service reps are ready to help. Today we will talk about some of the accessories and drapery hardware that are available to make your curtain-making, and hanging, simpler. Gary, a customer of ours from Springfield, MO, recently took on the project of making sailboat curtains. He and his wife returned a number of tailslides to us that they didn’t need (no problem!), because they had also purchased sew-in Tailslide Tape. They were very happy with the tape: “Awesome product – made a bunch of curtains/drapes for sailboat…Saved $400 with wife sewing them and using this product.” We want to help you save money and be just as satisfied as you make your own curtains.
SLIDE INTO HOME
Gary and his wife quickly found out that with sew-in Tailslide tape, the slides are already incorporated into a ¾ inch nylon webbing sold by the yard. This webbing is sewn directly onto the top edge of the curtain, and the incorporated slides can slide right into a track such as our 3108 Plastic Curtain Track. When you make your own curtains, you decide what the finished product will look like. The knob of the slide can be placed just over the top edge of the curtain, which will put the curtain right below the track, but, if you prefer, you can lower the tape about ¾ of an inch, which will bring the top edge of curtain just above the track, hiding the track from view.
ALL SEWED UP
Sew-in tailslide tape can be sewn into any fabric, and a liner (such as a blackout fabric) can also be added. Tailslide tape is not suitable for large curtains but is perfect for boats and RV’s. You can even make pleats: sew in the tailslide tape when the curtain is lying flat, then create a pinch pleat between the slides, which are placed every 4.5 inches. The tape can be sewn on by hand, but our customer service reps highly recommend using a sewing machine in you can. They stress that you want to use a narrow, zipper presser foot so that the foot does not hit the slide.
We would love to hear your curtain-making success stories. Send us photos and a description at firstname.lastname@example.org