Apply curtain trimmings to complete your design

Sewing trims onto your drapes is one of the easiest and effective ways of adding that final touch. And some of the trims make use of existing or inexpensive fabrics, so it's a great way to make your drapery part of your personal decor.

Types of curtain trimmings

Curtain trimmings can be used in many ways, and straight contrast borders are perhaps the most common. This simple effect allows you to add interest and improve the looks of any drape.

Plain fabrics can have a contrasting border which picks out another color in the room. For patterned fabrics a border using one of the accent colors in the design is always a good choice.

Bound edges are another way to add curtain trimmings, and give a neat, smooth edge to drapes, swags, valances, etc. They can also be used for curved edges, where the technique used is slightly different from straight edges.

There is also a way of machining trimmed edges when a fabric is just lined.

Curtain trimming ideas

Ruffled (frilled) edges

interior showroom with drapesThis interior design showroom demonstrates how trims such as contrasting border edges and frills can be used on drapery.

Ruffled edges give a soft and feminine look to drapery. There are two main types:

  1. Gathered frill, where the pleats are informally gathered.
  2. Pleated frill, which can be varied in size, and has a more tailored look than the gathered frill.

Frills can be set into a seam, or you can add them to the finished edge when the item is completed.

Borders and braids

There's a lot of choice in ready made borders and braids, and you'll be able to find suitable ones for any fabric you're using. The advantage of borders and braids is they give a professional look to any treatment. They can be composed of just one color, or can include three or more, so they can match most colors and patterns.

Borders and braids look particularly good when they are inset from the edges.

Rope and cord

Cushions with cord edgingThese cushions have welting (piping cord) sewn into the seams to give a contrast effect.

Piping cord or welting can be used to make your own edging on cushions, pillows and drapery edges.

You can also buy twisted ropes in different sizes and colors, and cords in various designs. Some come complete with a flange, which is a flat piece of fabric attached to the cord which makes it easier to attach to the edge of the drape.

Additional features

While the following elements are not exactly trims, they do add to the overall look of your drapery, so I've included them here.

Rosettes are really easy to make, and can be a great addition to any treatment. Or for a change, why not try a bow, or a maltese cross? These are features you probably won't find when you buy made to measure drapes. They're a great way to set your drapery apart from the ordinary.


There's a great variety of trimmings you can use for your drapery. By carefully selecting suitable trims you can turn good drapes into great ones.

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