Why sew when you can iron?

When I converted the bedroom drapes from rod pockets to pinch pleats, I sewed some special tape, by hand, across the top of each panel. It took me an entire evening to do each panel and my fingers were killing me by the time I was done.

In chatting about the living room drapes with my neighbor, she suggested I use some sort of binding fabric to attach the grosgrain trim to the drapes. She said it would be invisible from the front and it would add some stiffness and weight to the drapes. The fabric is thick, but woven, so the drapes are kind of floppy, so this binding fabric sounded great.

I read up on fusible tape online and realized that I could also use it to attach the pinch pleat tape to the drapes.

I bought a roll of fusible tape called Stitch Witchery.

I rolled the tape out twice to cover the width of the pinch pleat tape.

I used a damp pillow case as a pressing cloth and left the iron on each spot for about 10-20 seconds.

Testing the bond after my first pass...it works!

I also threaded the tape through the rod pocket of the drape so the front of the drapes wouldn't fall forward now that the back of the drapes were stiff.

Now the floppy fabric will hold the pleats!


  1. I first heard of Stitch Witchery from Eddie Ross on his blog. I have never used it, but it is helpful to see how you used it, with pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Stitch Witchery...also good for hemming slacks. I've been using it for years!

  3. I've used this stuff for a variety of projects. Actually sewing something will hold up better in the long term but it's perfect for some things - like this. Looks great!!

  4. Iron on stuff is the best, I've used it on my curtains too :)

  5. Stitch Witchery is my method of sewing. Great job!

  6. Oh, a girl after my own heart. I avoid sewing at all times.

    Thanks for the heads up about Paramus. I will have to pay a little visit!

  7. great solution. i can't sew but i can definitely iron!

  8. My kind of sewing! Thx for the rec! The drapes look GORGEOUS.


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