These double tassel tie backs form the drapes into sweeping folds
There are two main reasons for using drapery tie backs.
These are the easiest styles of tieback to make
Drapery tie backs need as much care in their design and construction as any other part of your window treatment. There are different types of tie back.
The straight tieback gives a plain and simple finish. The other designs allow the tiebacks to fold naturally around the drape.
More elaborate styles are outside the scope of this article, or can be bought from specialist stores.
For making your own, my preferred style is the contour, because it gives a stylish finish no matter what the size of drape. All these styles can be made using the same method.
Getting the shape and size correct is an important part of making tiebacks. The tieback should hold the drape in place without pinching it, but should not be so large that there is a gap when it is attached to the wall.
If the shape is not correct the curve of the drape will not look natural, but seem forced into position.
The easiest way to find out how long the drapery tie backs should be is to place a tape measure around your drape. Adjust it until the tape just gathers the folds of the drape but doesn't pinch them too much. Read off the measurement, which is the width of the tiebacks.
You may want to take a look at our professionally designed tie-back patterns. You can download a free sample and try it out.
The buckram shape laid onto the interlining (A) then fixed with adhesive or sewn in position (B). (The gaps on the interlining where it has been snipped are exaggerated for clarity.)
There are many different way of making tie backs, but the following method is the one I've always used. I've found it gives good results for all styles and sizes.
Finishing the tieback
A guide to placing your tie backs is to have them approximately one third of the way up the length of your drapes. Another way is to have them about 37 inches (94 cms) up from the floor. This works well for most drape lengths unless the drapes are over 9 feet high, in which case raise the height of the hook to about 40 inches (102 cms).
Hold the tie back in position (or get someone else to do this so you can make sure it looks correct), and when you've decided the best position for it mark a spot on the wall level with the outside edge of the drape. Insert a suitable hook.
If you're fitting tie backs to a pair of drapes, make sure you fix the hook for the other tieback the same distance from the drape and above the floor.