Gathered Tieback

  • Image of a finished gathered tie backThese simple gathered tie backs can be made from a single rectangle of fabric so there is no need for a template.
  • However, by adding a second, narrower rectangle in a contrasting, coordinating or matching fabric, a layered look can be achieved.
  • A length of elastic threaded through a channel in the centre gathers the fabric to the required length.
  • The instructions below are for a pair of double layered gathered tie backs of 4" (10 cms) wide, but the width can be adjusted to suit your own requirements.

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  • Fabric of your choice in either 1 or 2 colours.
  • 2 lengths of elastic approximately 0.5" (12mm) wide and the length of the finished tie backs plus 1" (2.5 cms) for neatening.
  • Matching thread.
  • 4 curtain hooks or D rings, approximately 1” (2.5 cms) in diameter.
  • 2 tie back hooks.

Making a Gathered Tie Back:

  1. Cut 1 piece of fabric 5" (12.5 cms) wide and twice the finished length plus 1" (2.5 cms) for hems.
  2. For a double layered tie back cut a contrasting piece of fabric 3" (7.5 cms) wide and twice the finished length plus 1" (2.5 cms) for hems.
  3. Turn a double 0.25" (6 mm) hem on all 4 sides of each piece, pin and stitch in place. Press.
  4. For a double layered tie back, place the wider piece of fabric on a flat surface, right side up. Place the other piece of fabric on top, right side up making sure that it is in the centre.
  5. Measure across the width and pin the centre point all along the length of the tie back.
  6. Image refers to steps 6 and 7 of making a gathered tie backMark a line 0.25" (6 mm) each side of the centre point along the length.
  7. Stitch along the two outer lines through all thicknesses to make a channel.
  8. Thread the elastic through the centre channel and adjust the gathers evenly.
  9. Turn 0.5" (12 mm) of elastic to the back of the tie back at each end.
  10. Repeat for the other tie back.
  11. Position the tie back hooks, at the required height, at each side of the window and hang the tie backs.

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