How to Repair a Stage Curtain

Updated February 21, 2017

Successful stage performances appear effortless, with the audience never noticing mistakes or problems. From the time the curtain opens to when it closes, the story should engage the audience. Torn stage curtains can cause an unwanted distraction. These curtains also are designed to be sturdy and fire-resistant, but a small rip or tear can damage the fabric's integrity. For these reasons and others, it is important to repair a damaged stage curtain immediately.

Remove the stage curtain from its hangers and search the entire curtain for tears or loose seams. It is easier to repair all parts of the curtain at once, rather than perform multiple repairs.

Apply iron-on tape to any tears. Follow specific product instructions, as different types of tape require different temperatures and application. Extend the patch at least 1 inch in all directions surrounding the tear. This prevents the damage from spreading.

Sew all edges of the iron-on tape to the curtain with a thick, strong thread using an overcast stitch. Keep the stitches as close together as possible, and continue until all edges are sealed.


Find iron-on tape and thread for repairs at crafting-supply or fabric stores. Match the tape and thread to the colour of the stage curtain to make repairs invisible. When removing a stage curtain, sweep the area first to remove all dust and potential hazards to the curtain. Avoid letting the curtain touch the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron-on tape
  • Iron
  • Thick, strong thread
  • Needle
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About the Author

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.