DIY Home Decorating: Easy Curtain Upgrades

Dritz® supplies give store-bought panels a designer look.

Outfitting or updating your home’s curtains can be an expensive proposition. Thankfully, there are many ready-made curtain panels out there that you can easily upgrade using some clever Dritz® DIY supplies, coupled with simple sewing skills.

How to make easy curtains using Dritz supplies


Upgrade basic store-bought curtain panels with Dritz supplies

With a few handy Dritz® supplies, you can give store-bought panels a designer look. We’re going to show you how to use drapery tapes, clip rings, weights and plastic rings to upgrade basic panels, giving them added structure and making them look custom-made. These are easy projects, requiring very basic sewing skills. 


How to add Dritz Rod Loop Tape to store-bought curtain panels

Dritz® rod loop tape is a transparent tape that is sewn onto the back side of a curtain panel, or piece of fabric, making it “rod ready.” 


How to add Dritz Rod Loop Tape to store bought curtain panels

The transparent rod loop tape can be added to any fabric panel – simply stitch the tape to the back of the panel near its top with invisible or matching thread. 


How to add Dritz Rod Loop Tape to store bought curtain panels

The rod loop tape not only accommodates your curtain rod, but gives your curtain panel structure, with soft folds that look rich and professionally made.

(For more information, see the rod loop tape tutorial on our website.)


How to add Dritz Clip Ring Tape to store bought curtain panels

Another type of transparent tape is Dritz® clip ring tape. Instead of loops, this drapery tape has bands to attach clip rings. Using this tape gives a basic panel a custom tailored look.


How to Add Dritz Clip Ring Tape and Clip Rings to Store-bought Curtain Panels

Stitch the tape to the back of the panel as noted above, and then attach the clip rings to small bands on the back of the tape. There are 2 rows of bands, so you can decide if you want the panels to hang directly below your rod or have a little space from the rod to show off the rings.

Insert your curtain rod through the rings – it really is that easy!


How to add Dritz Clip Ring Tape to store bought curtain panels

See the difference? The top curtain panel is what you get if you use the panel as purchased. By adding the clip ring drapery tape and clip rings, this basic panel now has a much more sophisticated and modern look.

(Interested to know more? Check out the clip ring tutorial on our website.)


Dritz Curtain / Drapery Weights

And what about inexpensive ready-made curtains that don’t hang straight? Dritz® zinc drapery weights can solve that problem.


Dritz Curtain / Drapery Weights

Our zinc weights are covered in a nonwoven fabric with a tab for stitching so they’re easy to apply! Just hand or machine stitch the drapery weights into curtain hems and/or side seams and say goodbye to flaring.


Use Dritz Plastic Rings to Convert a Simple Cafe Curtain Panel into a Pleated Valance - easy DIY!

Found a cute café or rod pocket panel? Here’s an easy way to turn it into a pleated valance with Dritz® plastic rings and string. Just make sure the panel is the same width as your window.


Use Dritz Plastic Rings to Convert a Simple Cafe Curtain Panel into a Pleated Valance - easy DIY!

Mark ring placements on the wrong side of panel starting about 4 to 10” from bottom edge. (We started 9 ½” from bottom because we wanted to show off the cute band at the lower edge.)  Start at each side and then every 8 to 10” across the width of the panel.


Ring Placement Chart for Making DIY Cafe Curtains with Dritz Plastic Rings

Using first marks as a guide, add vertical ring row marks to panel. Next row of marks should be spaced 6” up from first row. Move up 2” and then mark another 2 rows that are 6” apart. Measure up 2” and add one more set of ring row marks. Make sure each mark is lined up horizontally with the other marks in the same row.

More row sets can be added for additional pleats.


Dritz Plastic Rings for DIY Curtain Making

These are the Dritz® 1/2″ plastic rings you’ll be sewing into your curtain panel. In addition to the café curtains we’re showing you here, they can be used to make balloon shades.


Sewing Plastic Rings into Cafe Curtains (easy DIY curtain making)

Stitch ½” rings at each mark. We used the button setting on our sewing machine to attach the rings. They can be stitched by hand, too.


Sewing Plastic Rings into Cafe Curtains (easy DIY curtain making)

Thread a 4” length of cord or string through a bottom ring and the one directly above it. Tie cord so rings are together. Repeat for all rings in the bottom row. This will form the bottom pleat.

Move to the next set of ring rows and tie ring sets together. Repeat until all ring sets are tied together.


Insert tension rod into curtain pocket

Insert a tension rod into top rod pocket and hang in window. Straighten folds by pulling out on each end of fold.

Have we given you some good ideas for upgrading basic curtain panels? We hope so! Curtains with designer looks really are easy to DIY. Tell us about your projects – we’d really love to hear from you! 

 

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