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How to Make Beaded Curtain Tie Backs

Updated on February 13, 2012

Beaded Curtain Tie Backs

Beaded curtain tie backs are very simple to create and give your curtains that extra special look. You may already have tie backs and wish to embellish them or you may be looking to create your beaded tie backs from scratch. Either way, this article will show you how you can achieve unique, beaded curtain tie backs in no time.

If you don’t already have your curtain tie backs then you will need to choose a fabric. The fabric could be satin backed crepe or some other type of backed satin. For more luxurious beaded curtain tie backs you could use a heavier fabric such as velvet or cord. Whatever fabric you choose, ensure that it suites your curtains and isn’t too heavy that it will just weigh them down totally because of course, you want your beaded curtain tie backs  to hang nicely against your curtains.

You will also need D-hoops; these will be attached to the ends of your beaded tie backs so that you can hang them over a hook.  D-hoops are easy to find, most craft shops will sell them and you can buy them from eBay.

Most importantly, you need your beads. It is much easier to use beaded ribbon or some type of pre-made trimming to make beaded curtain tie backs. If you attempt to use loose beads, you will probably give up halfway, as it is just too time consuming. You can buy beaded trimming from eBay or from  

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How to Make Beaded Curtain Tie Backs


To begin making your beaded curtain tie backs, you need to consider how long you want your tie backs to be, to tie back one width of curtain your beaded tie backs will need to be 18” long, 24” for two widths and 30” for three widths. Take your fabric and double it up right sides together. Cut out an elongated D-shape x2. This should give you four individual, D-shaped pieces of fabric.


Hem up the sides of each piece. Ensure that all of your hems are neat and of equal size otherwise your beaded curtain tie backs will be mismatched in size. You should be able to place one piece on top of another with the edges meeting together nicely all the way round.


Cut out four small strips of fabric, hem them up and keep to one side, these will be used to attach the D-hoops to your beaded curtain tie backs. Take your strip of beads and attach them to a single tie back piece, along the D-shaped edge. Ensure that the bead fabric strip is attached to the inner side of the fabric. Repeat once more. You should be left with two pieces that have beads attached and two that do not.


For added strength, you could line the tie backs with interfacing prior to sealing together.


Attach your beaded tie back pieces together (one beaded piece to one non-beaded piece) sealing in the fabric of the bead strip so that it is hidden in the hem. Leave the ends of your beaded curtain tie backs open and unstitched.


Take your small fabric strips and thread them through the D-hoops. Tuck the ends of the strips into the ends of your beaded tie backs and stitch along the seam to attach.

And Voila, you have made your beaded curtain tie backs.


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    • LucyLiu12 profile image

      LucyLiu12 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I'm definitely doing this project - adding just a bit of sparkle to my bedroom. Cool article - I pinned it.

    • Dina G profile image

      Dina G 5 years ago from New York

      I'm going to try this.