Making Tab Top
Making Tab Top Curtains
-Stylish, Inexpensive and Easy to
Tab top curtains
give a modern and informal look to your window treatment,
however, having said that they also look stylish with a
formal and classical interior (see photo).
Tab top curtains don’t only look stylish, but even better
they are easy and rather inexpensive to make in comparison
to other curtains - less fabric and no header. In addition,
they can be made from a great variety of curtain fabrics
such as sheer fabric, cotton, brocade, velvet,
least 1.5 times the width of the window - depending on the
length of the fabric: measure from the top of the curtain
rod to the required length. Deduct the length of the tabs.
To block out the light make sure the tabs are approximately
1 inch (2.5 cm) above the window itself, thus only covering
the window frame and not the window.
inch (25 cm) for hem allowances and facings. If pattern
fabric is used and more than one width of fabric is
required extra fabric will be needed for matching the
tabs, add 10 inch (25 cm) for every two widths of
Making the tab top
fabric to required size as indicated above including the
hem and facing allowance. Smart window
treatment ideas to suit your home decor, lifestyle and
inch (6 cm) of the length of the fabric for the facing. If
more widths are required repeat this from each panel. Make
sure you cut the facings all from the same
than one width, join widths together with a French seam
matching the pattern on the fabric. Half widths are added
to the outside edge of each curtain.
Place pieces to be
joined wrong sides together, matching any pattern, and tack
Machine stitch 1/4 inch
(6 mm) from raw edges.
Turn the fabric so that
right sides are facing.
Press and stitch 3/8
inch (1 cm) away from folded edge, so that the raw edges are
concealed inside the seam, making a neat finish.
Open the fabric out and
press the seam flat on the wrong side. Remove tacking
right side down, turn in a double 3/4 inch (2 cm) hem down
both sides of the curtain. Pin both the side hems in place
and machine stitch.
required number of rectangles of fabric 3 3/4 inch (9 cm)
wide by 8 inch (20 cm) long for each tab. The length of the
tabs may vary depending on the thickness of the curtain
the pieces of fabric lengthwise, right sides together and
machine stitch a ¼ inch (6 mm) from raw
right side out and press with the seam in the centre on one
Finishing the tab
facing to the upper hem of the curtain, right sides
the placement for the tabs, evenly spaced along the upper
hem, with the first and last tabs even with the outer
edges. Fold the tabs in half and slide them under the
facing with the raw edges in the fold. Pin the tabs - make
sure that the length of the tabs is correct and even.
Stitch across the curtain top ½ inch (1 cm) from the
the facing to the curtain back; press.
the raw edges of the facing sides and bottom, pin and
stitch along the lower fold of the
the base hem to the required length and machine
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