Tab Top Curtains

Tab Top Curtains Fabric tabs are an attractive alternative to conventional casings or curtain rings. Tab top curtains used with a decorative curtain rod create a traditional country look, a contemporary tailored look or a casual cafe look. They are also ideal for stationary side panels. Tabs give top interest to a curtain, and can be made with contrasting fabric, decorative ribbon or trim. Only one and one-half to two times the fullness is needed for tab top curtains. Allow 1/2 (1.3 cm) seam allowance at the upper edge of the curtain instead of the usual casing allowance. When determining the finished length, allow for the upper edge of the curtain to be 1 1/2” to 2″ (3.8 to 5 cm) below the rod. This determines the length of the tabs. Determine number of tabs needed by placing a tab at each edge of the curtain, and space the remaining tabs 6″ to 8″ (15 to 20.5 cm) apart.How to Sew Tab Top Curtains 1) Cut a 3″ (7.5 cm) facing strip equal in length to the width of the curtain panel. Press under 1/2″ (1.3 cm) on one long side and each short end. Press double-fold lower and side hems of curtain. Stitch lower hem only. 2) Measure tab length by pinning a strip of fabric over the rod and marking the desired length with a pin. Add 1/2” (1.3 cm) for seam allowance. Cut tabs to measured length, and two times the desired width plus 1″ (2.5 cm). 3) Fold each tab in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch 1/2” (1.3 cm) seam along cut edge; sew from one tab to the next, using continuous stitching (arrow). Tum tabs right side out. Center seam in back of each tab; press.4) Fold each tab in half so raw edges are aligned. Pin or baste tabs in place on right side of curtain, aligning raw edges of tabs with upper edge of curtain. Place end tabs even with side hem fold line of curtain. 5) Pin facing to upper edge of curtain, right sides together, so raw edges are aligned and tabs are sandwiched between facing and curtain. Stitch 1/2′ (1.3 cm) seam, with curtain side hems extended. 6) Press facing to wrong side of curtain so tabs extend upward. Fold curtain side hems under facing, covering seam allowance; grade. Stitch side hems. Slips titch facing to curtain. Insert curtain rod through tabs.

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