How To Make Eyelet Curtains Using Eyelet Tape

No special tool is required to make eyelet curtains using our tape and eyelets. To calculate fabric requirements for eyelet curtains see How To Measure for Curtains and Drapes

Turn down approx 1 cm at top of curtain, sew along the top of the tape to the top of the curtain, with plastic tabs facing you.
This is easier if you use a piping/zipper foot.
If you are lining your curtains with a separate lining, only take the lining to the bottom sewing line of the tape, below the eyelets.
Draw round the circles.
Cut away the fabric inside of the ring Press eyelet in place from the right side of curtain
Snap in place with fingers; this will trap all the raw edges in.
Machine along the bottom and sides of the tape.
If you are lining the curtains, tuck the lining under the bottom of tape before doing the final row of stitching.
You can hook the tape together at the back of the curtain to form pleats, for this you will need between 2 and 2 and quarter times fullness.
If you want to use less material than double fullness, just slip the eyelet curtains on pole, not using the plastic tabs.

Cost of eyelet heading tape £6.10 per metre (8 eyelets) including snap-in plastic eyelet rings.

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13 thoughts on “How To Make Eyelet Curtains Using Eyelet Tape

    • You should have an even number of eyelets on the tape – the maximum number you can fit on the curtain at 8 eyelets to the metre. Then position the tape so you have the same gap at each edge of the curtain.

      • When using the tape at what will become the middle edge of the fabric is the first eyelet placed at half the distance of those that follow it if that makes sense as when the curtains come together you want any gaps and folds to look even.

        • Yes, that’s right. All eyelets should be made in pairs and our tape has special tags that allow you to make permanent pleats in the curtain. You should always use whole pairs across a piece of fabric so that both sides of the curtain always turn in to the pole.

  1. I’ve never used eyelets before but your clear instructions have given me the confidence to have a go.
    Thanks Livingstones !

    • Hello Ann, yes you can. Our makers line it up with the show cloth and fold the top over like normal heading tape. Lay the eyelet tape in place and pin it along the BOTTOM edge. Carefully hold back the tape and cut the lining back from the top to the pins. Now pin the tape back in place across the top and sew into position. This reduces the bulk under the tape and makes the rings much easier to press on to the fabric. It also means that you can use a thicker blackout lining on eyelets without any issues. Hope this helps.

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