Joining lined tab-top drapery panels?

cailinrileyMarch 30, 2008

Hi, everyone. I hope you have some advice for me.

To avoid the expense of custom-made drapes, I bought four lined tab-top drapery panels for my front room. The panels need to be joined together in pairs, in order to make them wide enough for the window. They also need to be shortened.

When I bought them, I figured, "How hard can it be?" But I'm not really adept at sewing, so I've developed cold feet.

What concerns me is how to join them, since all panels start and end with tabs--does the tab on one panel need to be removed? (I didn't go looking for tab-tops; they were the only ones I found in a colour that suited the room.) How does one deal with the lining?

Should I just take the panels to a professional and hope it doesn't cost too much? Thanks for any help/tips/encouragement you can give!!

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I think I'd just put them on the rod as is and see how they look before I went to the trouble of altering them. They might look ok, even though they are separate panels. Of course, if you've already done this and don't like the look, you will have to join them. I have to say that I personally don't really like sewing curtains, I find them surprising tricky to do well and I'm a professional quilter and make fairly elaborate historical costumes, so it's not that I don't know how to sew. If you do want to go ahead, get a pattern for lined, tabbed curtains, or a book that shows you how to make them so that you can get an idea of how they went together in the first place.


    Bookmark   March 30, 2008 at 2:30PM
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Thanks for the quick reply, Annie. I'd leave the panels as they are if they were going to be stationary. However, we'd like to pull them open during the day, and close them at night.

I kind of thought drapes would be tricker than they seem...if for no other reason than there's so much material to handle.

I wonder if it's possible to just somehow tack the panels together (edge to edge) on the back side, rather than try to sew them??? Or would that look awful?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2008 at 4:15PM
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It's not hard to do. Undo the side seams of the drapes and lining. You will also have to undo the header and the hem. Then simply put right sides together and sew.

Also you may have to take out one of the tabs. Once you have the seams out and the panels together you will be able to see if you need to remove one.

Another idea if you really don't want tabs, you could make reverse tabs by simply sewing the tabs down on the back side to the drape header. You then run the rod thru the tabs in the back. This will give you a little different look, almost like a soft pleat. It does look quite nice.

Hope this helps.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 9:40AM
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Thanks for the information and the encouragement, Bonnie. You make the process sound doable...even for a novice like me. :-)

And I love your idea of turning the tabs into reverse tabs. I think I would prefer that look.

Wish me luck!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 10:21PM
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