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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. This tape is suitable for light to medium weight curtains and not heavy or thick fabrics. Please ask about our punched eyelet curtain making service for heavier fabrics supplied by us.

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.
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18 thoughts on “How To Make Eyelet Curtains Using Eyelet Tape

  1. thanks. Easy to follow instructions

  2. How far from the end of the curtain should the first eyelet be?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

      2. If I have a three metre rod how many metres in width must i use to have enough pleats

        1. Hi Lizzie, you will need between 2 and 2 and a quarter times fullness if you wish to use the plastic clips on the back of the tape as mentioned in the post underneath the 6th picture. So 3m x 2 fullness = 6m or 3m x 2.25 fullness = 6.75m depending on how full you would like your curtains to be. If you have any more questions or need more help then please contact us.

  3. Thank you so much for such easy to follow instructions.

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

  5. Thank you for your help. Your instructions are very clear easy to follow

  6. The tape that is used has it already got holes in it for the ring

    1. Yes its has

  7. Thank you for your helpi

  8. Can you attach tape onto lining and curtain fabric ?

    1. 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.

  9. Many thanks for these clear instructions. I was thinking of changing my curtain head from the pleats (with the lethal pins) to eyelets. Didn’t know that eyelet tape existed. What a superb invention!

  10. Help! I didn’t know that there had to be an even number of eyelets along the width. I have less than 2 x the fabric (adapting my curtains to fit different windows) and one pair are only wide enough for 11 eyelets, the other pair 13 eyelets. wondering if I should cut the header tape and make all the eyelets closer together or just do something with the first and last eyelet to make them look ok. what do you think?

    1. What we recommend is to use the smaller number of eyelets (ie 10 and 12 in your case) and to position the tape in the middle of the curtain, so you just have a slightly larger gap between the last eyelet and the edge of the curtain at each side.

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