Top Tip for Tiebacks

Tiebacks waiting to be handsewn

A job that recently went through the Denton Drapes workroom included roman blinds with blackout lining,  slot headed curtains also with blackout and a set of tiebacks. We always use matching lining on our tiebacks so they needed to be blackout as well. It looks much better that way but the trouble with blackout lining are those horrible little pin holes that are inevitable when using pins on blackout. They always seem to end up looking like a tiny grubby dirty mark.  

Close up of the Tieback front

 One of my girls came up with the brilliant idea of using paper clips instead of pins to keep the layers together on the lower edge of the tieback. A quick trip to the stationery cupboard and away we went.    

Tieback with blackout lining

 We found that we needed to use quite a few but it held the layers together really well while we handsewed along each bottom edge. The end result is a much cleaner neater looking handsewn tieback. I really believe that it is attention to detail like this that makes your products more professional. 

Close up of tieback with clips

 Here you can see one of the finished windows from this job. The fabric is from the Amilie Weaves range by Harlequin. Tiebacks are just a small part of the whole but always make a curtain look good. When working with dormer rods I usually make double sided cutains. However blackout lining was important here as it was our clients disabled sons bedroom so we used one that matches the stripe in the fabric and dressed the curtain so the front edge is showing when they are open. 

The tiebacks in place on the finished window

8 thoughts on “Top Tip for Tiebacks

  1. They look gorgeous – I was just thinking how nice it would have been for the lining to be a coloured chintz to compliment them, then realised, it’s blackout lining, lol (I’m assuming they’re on dormer rods).

  2. Clever idea with the paperclips. I also think the details are important! I love it that the curtain looks good from the front when the swing rods are open! But what does slot headed mean? I love learning your terms Penny!

  3. Hi Amanda
    Slot heading is where you sew a straight channel at the top of the curtain so the rod can be slotted thru. The width of the curtain is then “ruched” onto the rod.
    Hopefully I have explained this properly so you can understand….

  4. Sorry Tammy for taking so long to reply to your comment. Apologies……

    Yes I know the term “rod pocket” …… this is what we call the channels sewn into linings for roman blinds to take the fibre glass rods or wooden dowling.

    Rebecca is a great teacher I love attending her classes.

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