How to Sew Drapery Tie Backs

Updated April 17, 2017

Pull your curtains open and let the sunshine in; keep them open by securing them with curtain tie backs -- strips of fabric designed to wrap around a curtain panel and attach to a hook on the wall to hold the panel open. Sew your own fabric curtain tie backs to tailor them to your own personal taste. The homemade tie backs can dress your draperies up or down, depending on your fabric selection.

Fold all four edges of both pieces of fabric 1/4-inch toward the back of the fabric. Iron the folds.

Fold the pieces of fabric in half lengthwise with the right side of the fabric facing out. Iron the folds.

Sew along the three open sides of each piece of fabric with a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

Sew one of the D-rings 1 inch in from one of the short edges with the arch of the ring pointed toward the short edge and centred between the top -- the folded edge -- and bottom edge of the tie back. Use a whipstitch along the straight side of the D-ring to attach it.

Sew the second ring along the opposite edge so the ring hands over the edge with the arched side of the ring pointing away from the tie back.


Pin a brooch onto the front of each tie back over the area where the first D-ring is attached, an inch in from the short edge centred between the top and bottom edge for a decorative touch. Use the same fabric as your curtains to make the tie backs if you don't want them to stand out. Use a different fabric from your curtains to use your tie backs as an added decorative touch for your draperies. To use the tie backs, hook the second D-ring you attached on the wall hook, wrap the tie back around the pulled-back curtain from back to front, and hook the second D-ring on the hook to hold the curtain in place.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of fabric, 18- by 6-inch
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • 4 D-rings, 1-inch
  • Needle
  • Thread
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Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.