When I first moved into my apartment, I had my Dad take off the doors to my closet since I’ve always found them annoying to have to roll back and forth every time I needed to get a pair of shoes. So for the past however many months my closet has been open for all to see. I intended to put up curtains and finally got around to it this past weekend (I was only about 10 months late).
So I hung the curtains but then wanted something to be able to pull them back and make them look a little prettier (and more sparkly) when I wanted. So instead of buying the $15 per piece tie backs at Target I decided to make my own.
Tools used: 1 yard of fabric at Joann’s on sale for $4, lace and vintage trim (I know I’m so cool) from flea markets that I bought many moons ago for $5, jewel trim from flea market $4, rings to hold the tie backs for $2 and sewing supplies that I already owned. Total: $15 for two tie backs plus extra fabric and trim for future projects if I feel brave.
I kind of (not really) taught myself to sew when I was in a headband phase a few years ago. I’m in no way saying I sew correctly. To compensate for my lack of skills I usually buy thread that matches the fabric so when I do screw up it isn’t completely noticeable.
Here’s a quick “how-to” to make the tie backs. It’s only 4 steps. If I can do it and not mess up, you can too.
- First sew trim one to trim two to create a thicker band. I literally probably did 12 stitches for a yard of fabric. Probably not the best decision but it held.
- Next sew the sparkly trim in the middle of trim one and trim two Preferably where they meet so it looks like they all blend together.
- Third sew the now three piece band of trim to the larger piece of fabric which will become the main part of the tie back.
- To hold the tieback in place on the wall, I sewed little keychain rings to the ends so I could just hang it on a nail. I kind of just went nuts with stitches when I folded over a piece of the fabric to hold the rings just to make sure it wouldn’t come apart and thank god no one can see because it probably looks like a mess.
And that’s it! I would like to take this time to pat myself on the back for a job well done because whenever I try and sew it is usually a disaster and I end up pricking myself.