How to top off your curtains with ring tape

Written by ashley friedman
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Making attractive curtains for your home or workspace can be challenging. One of the best and easiest ways to get curtains that hang evenly and maintain their fullness is to use ring tape. Ring tape, also called eyelet curtain tape, allows you to create the appearance of grommetted curtains without the challenge of using a grommet clamp. Once you buy the appropriate ring tape, attaching it to your curtains is a simple matter of sewing and cutting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Needle and sturdy thread
  • Curtain fabric
  • Eyelet rings
  • Ring tape with plastic clips attached
  • Curtain rod

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  1. 1

    Sew the ring tape onto the back of the curtain fabric, making sure that the plastic clip-spacers are facing you. The clips will allow you create a pleated fullness in the fabric between the rings.

  2. 2

    Cut the fabric away from the inside of the rings. The easiest way to do this is to pinch the fabric in the centre of the ring and cut that little fold of fabric. Once you have a hole there, continue until you've cut the rest of the fabric. If edges fray, it doesn't matter because the eyelet rings you attach will hide the messy edges.

  3. 3

    Clip the eyelet rings to the front side of the curtains. Make sure that you press securely and gather any frayed edges under the eyelet ring before snapping it into place.

  4. 4

    Clip the plastic spacers together on the backside of the curtain. Most curtain tape comes with two settings for the drape fullness. Choose the one that best suits your taste.

  5. 5

    Slide your curtain onto the rod, allowing the drape clips to remain intact.

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