Drapery Tapes for Easy Window Treatments

Making pleated drapes may seem like a difficult chore, but it is actually easy when you use drapery tapes. The tapes are used as part of the heading and allow you to make perfectly spaced pleats quickly.

Shirring Tape

Shirred pleating tape is sewn flat to the drapery fabric and then the cords are drawn up to make the pleats. Several widths of pleating tape are available.  The choice depends on the nature of your project.

This video shows you how to use pleater tape to make easy pinch pleat curtains.

Special gathering tapes are also available. This detailed tutorial from Jones Design Company shows you how to use them.

Making your own curtains and drapes saves you money and can be very satisfying.  You can pick from among the thousands of beautiful drapery and curtain fabrics available from top manufacturers such as Bravo, Portfolio, Richloom, and numerous other fine textile makers.

Choose your fabric according to the mood you want to create, and the care you want to give the finished window treatment.  Many drapery fabrics need to be dry-cleaned or steam-cleaned, while some lightweight casual curtain material can be machine washed.

Whether you want a light casual look or a rich, dark formal look, making your own window treatments is enjoyable.  Beginning sewers can make simple kitchen or breakfast nook curtains of easy-to-sew cotton materials.  Very simple, gathered curtains simply need to be hemmed at the top and the bottom.  Leave the sides of the top hem open so that you can insert a curtain rod.

Intermediate and advanced sewers will have little trouble using drapery tapes. Even advanced beginners may find them easy.

Have you made drapes for your home?  We’d love to see a photo or hear your story in the comments!