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Altering curtains

Tomsmum | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I have a question about altering curtains, hope someone can help, I’m a novice when it comes to home decor sewing.

I’ve bought some second-hand curtains for my french windows.  They are exactly the right length, but slightly narrow.  They had pinch pleats, so I have undone these and plan to sew pencil pleat tape to the top instead, so that they will fit the width of the windows.  My question is this – do I remove the buckram, or sew the pencil pleat tape on top of it? 


  1. mygaley | | #1

    I would sample the buckram and tape together to see if it can be pleated together (I hit my pleats with a hammer to flatten them).  If they will pleat go ahead and use both--your header can never be too stiff.  If you do this, you will have to stitch vertically pleat lines so that buckram will pleat to match tape. 

     Now that I look at this, it would be simpler to just remove buckram and add pleater tape.  Another very current "designer" way to deal with this problem is to add a coordinating fabric to the side edges--just check out some decorating books.

  2. mem | | #2

    Hello, I have made lots of curtains and I would remove the tape and the give the fabric a clean and a good pressing bebore starting again.I like the idea of adding onto the sides.That could look very good.

    1. Tomsmum | | #3

      Thank you, both of you.  I will take out the buckram then.  I like the idea of the contrasting edges, I might try that on another pair.

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