It’s happened. Someone decided to give you some stunning but-not-really-your-taste curtains or perhaps you even bought some curtains that looked great in the shop (but not at home). Now you’re stuck with panels of quality curtains that you don’t want to throw out, but that makes you want to throw a tantrum. What now?
By adding some exquisite curtain trim to your existing curtains, you can breathe a second life into them and make them work no matter the space you’re in. Here’s how!
Following this careful step-by-step process, you can create a pleasing visual appeal in any room in your house, no matter what curtains you have.
Ok, so for better or worse, you have these curtains. The first thing is to assess whether these curtains (if they were given to you) are worth saving. Older curtains can be really good at hiding defects and flaws.
While trim is a great solution, it’s not always a cheap one. So make sure you don’t waste money on curtains that are one step away from being thread-bare. Check on the quality of the curtains in your home:
Having determined the condition of the curtains, consider what you would need to change on the curtains for them to work in your room. Perhaps the length is too short, or do you need them to tie in with the rest of your color scheme?
Not all of us have a wish-list budget, and counting pennies can be important when it comes to trim. Decide the parameters of your budget. Next, measure the distance of the area you want to apply trim to.
Be sure to add an additional two inches to each panel of curtaining to allow for extra give. If the curtain trim is pre-shrunk, great. If not, then you need to opt for a few yards extra to counterset the shrinkage that will happen when you pre-wash your new trim.
Next, take your budget, divide it by the number of yards you require. This is your final budget per yard of trim. If your budget doesn’t allow for a reasonable yardage price, then consider if you can opt for different trim options.
While you may love a long plush fringe, this may be more costly than you can afford. How about sewing on a simplistic tape and adding a few single tassels to help lengthen your curtain?
With plain curtains, you may be able to save some costs by creating tie-backs in a complementary fabric and adding some plush trim to these. Since the distance is shorter, you will not have to buy so many yards and can increase your budget per yard.
Time to go shopping! This is the best part, but keep an eye on your budget. There’s no point in choosing something gorgeously exotic that you know won’t fit in your budget. Instead, use the filters feature of your online quality fabric and trimmings dealer to limit the price per yard and color range.
Decide what trim you need by considering the colors of your room and curtains. What colors will tie things together?
When ordering trim online, be sure you order enough as adding trim to your curtains only to realize you are short on your measurement will be a disaster. Keep in mind that trim, if not pre-shrunk, will shrink when you pre-wash it. This will mean you need to order more of the trim you choose. Adding in a few yards, in case, is always a good idea.
Now that your trim has arrived, has been pre-shrunk, and you’ve measured it and pinned it in place, you can decide how you want to attach the trim to your curtains. There are two options: sewing and gluing.
When sewing your fabric and trim together, be sure to follow the sewing guide given in our article on How to Correctly Sew on Different Kinds of Trim. Use the appropriate stitch size, choose a suitable thread, and pre-pleat corners to make your life easier.
Pros of Sewing
Cons of Sewing
Gluing on trim is something of a new idea. Certainly, your grandmother would never have approved of it. However, the quality of fabric glues has improved over the last decade, and there are reliable glues available that are also fully washable. Choose a glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glues to attach trim for quick results.
Pros of Gluing
Cons of Gluing
Adding trim to your curtains can really make them come together with the rest of your home’s decor scheme. There are endless options available, and for the adventurous decorator, there are a million more possibilities. Rescue those drab curtains you inherited and make them fab with the right trim added in the correct way to ensure great longevity and service.