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Tie-Backs: Crescent Tie-Backs with Corded Edge & Bow-Trimmed Tie-Back

Crescent Tie-Back with Corded Edge

The edge of a tie-back can be decorated with a range of trimmings to highlight its shape.

To make this tie-back, you will need fabric, a decorative cord, iron-on interfacing, lining if required, rings, hooks and the basic sewing kit.

Measure for the tie-back. On a piece of paper, mark a strip 11 cm wide by half the length required.

1. Making Pattern Draw half a crescent, tapering to a width of about 5 cm at the end, on the paper strip. Cut it out, fold the fabric double, and place the wider end of the crescent pattern on the fold. Cut out the fabric with a 1.5 cm seam allowance all around. Cut another piece in the same fabric, or in a lining fabric, in the same way, and cut a piece of interfacing to the exact size of the pattern. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one tie-back piece, leaving a 1.5 cm border.

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2. Tacking Edging Unfold the fabric and measure around the seam line to find the length of cord required. Cut the cord to this length, adding 2.5 cm extra for overlapping the ends. Pin and tack the cord just inside the seam line on the right side of the piece of fabric that will be outside of the tie-back.

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3. Aligning Pieces Lay the back piece of fabric on top of the front piece, right sides facing, and align the edges. Pin and tack the fabric pieces together along the seam line, sandwiching the corded edging between them.

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4. Sewing Pieces Machine sew along the tacking line on the tie-back, stitching through the corded edging to secure the pieces together. Remember to leave the gap large enough to allow the tie-back to be turned right sides out through it.

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5. Clipping Allowances Using a pair of sharp dressmakers scissors, make snips into the seam allowance around the tie-back to ease the fabric and reduce bulk. Turn the tie-back right sides out through the opening and press flat.

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6. Finishing Off Fold in the raw edges of the opening, and slipstitch it closed. Sew the curtain rings securely in their required positions at the ends of the tie-back, then fix the hook to the wall and wrap the tie-back around the finished curtain. Adjust and dress the curtain as necessary.

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The Finished Tie-Back

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Bow-Trimmed Tie-Back

To add a bow to the tie-back, you will need fabric for both, iron-on interfacing, rings, hooks, and the basic sewing kit.

Cut two strips to the length for the tie-back by 8 cm wide, plus 1.5 cm for allowance. Cut out interfacing to the same size minus the seam allowance.

Iron it to the wrong side of one of the fabric strips, leaving a 1.5 cm border.

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1. Sewing Tie-Back Lay the tie-back strips right sides together and pin, tack, and sew together 1.5 cm from the cut edge, close to the edge of the interfacing. Leave an opening in one side for turning the band right sides out. Trim the seam allowances to 6 mm and clip them at the corners.

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2. Finish Tie-Back Turn the tie-back band right sides out through the opening in the seam, and press flat. Finish making the tie-back by neatly slip stitching closed the opening in the seam.

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3. Making Bow Band Lay two cut strips of fabric - 93 x 11 cm - sides together. Pin, tack and sew 1.5 cm from the edges. Leave a gap. Trim seams to 6 mm, and clip corners. Turn the right sides out and press. Slipstitch the opening closed.

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4. Crossing Ends Fold the strip in half, bringing the ends together, and mark the centre of it with a pin. Fold the ends of the strip over each other across the centre mark, to form a bow shape. Adjust the placing to change the size of the loops and tails.

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5. Stitching Bow When the bow is the shape desired, and the loops and tails are even, pin the layers in place at the centre. For a bigger bow, follow these steps but with larger pieces of fabric. Try out your bow in calico before cutting it out in fabric.

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6. Sewing Centre Strip Cut out an 11 cm square of fabric. Fold it in half, right sides together. Pin, tack, and sew 1.5 cm from the long edge of the rectangle to make a tube. Turn right side out, and press flat with the seam in the centre of one side.

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7. Securing Bow Wrap strip around the centre of the folded band, with the seamed side inside. Overlap and fold under ends at the back. Bring together folded ends to grip centre of the bow. Slip stitch ends together.

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8. Attaching Bow Lay the completed tie-back band face up on a flat surface and mark the centre. Sew the bow in place at the mark, making sure that it lies straight on the tie-back. Sew the rings in place at the ends of the tie-back and wrap it around the finished curtain. Hook the tie-back to the wall and adjust or dress the curtain as necessary.

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The Finished Tie-Back

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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