Friday, May 11, 2012

Hanging Drapes Professionally

With my recent post showing the new drapes I made for the Guest Bedroom, I received several questions about how I get them to hang so evenly.  I did a post a while ago on how to do this and thought maybe I would repost it again.  Here it is. - -  -

Everytime I show the LR or the FR, I get several questions and emails on how I get the drapes to hang so smoothly and all of the pleats to be in line.  Well, I am definitely not a professional, I did make all of my drapes, but I do think that hanging them properly makes all the difference.

All of my drapes are lined which gives them some weight, and I do use fabric with a bit of weight too.  Both of these things help the drapes hold the pleats, but the same idea works well for unlined also.

The placement and number of rings is a major factor.  Too many or too little and they won't hang properly.  I've made all the drapes out of 54" wide fabric and using 7 rings is perfect for this width.

 The two end clips are placed in from the side of the panel so the side returns back to the wall and window and there are no gaps.  The rest of the panel is divided so that you place the remaining 5 clips evenly across the panel.  Then I pull the space between the clips forward to form the pleats.

 I don't puddle any of my drapes, I just hem them to barely skim the floor.  I also do a double 3" or 4" inch hem so the bottom also has some weight.

Next is what I call finger pleating.  I follow the fold of the panel that is pulled forward on the rod down to the hem and use two fingers to gently fold them into pleats.  This doesn't create any sharp edges, it just allows the fabric to naturally follow the line from the top to the bottom.  Just take the index and middle finger and place the fold between them and run up and down the fabric.

That's it.  They still have a casual feel, but the pleats are all in line with casual folds that hang in a nice flow up and down the window.

Hope that answers the questions.  This is just my own method.  Let me know your secrets.


  1. Oh, thank you for reposting this, Marty! I couldn't find your post and I am going to Pin this post if it's okay with you! Your drapes are so beautiful!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Love your tips Marty~ great idea to hang an extra clip for the fabric return! Have a wonderful weekend!! :)

  3. Your a genius Marty! I'm going to be hanging a whole bunch of new drapes in the future and I'm definitely going to use the tips and ideas in the post. Glad you reposted!

  4. Thank you for posting this, Marty! I love your drapes! I pinned this to Pinterest!


  5. You really do have a knack when it comes to being a seamstress...These drapes look WEL made...Beautiful

  6. Oh dear lady, you sure are a professional, other wise, how could these drapes look so perfect and gorgeous, you are so talented and skillful and you did a marvelous job with them!! Have a wonderful MOTHER'S DAY along with your dear family. Hugs,

  7. Thanks for all the great tips. I have just signed up as your newest follower & I look forward to popping by for some more advice & inspiration!


  8. Lovely crisp looking drapes , beautiful work. Wonderful tips on getting them to look like this. Thanks for sharing . My mum was a seamstress in England when she was younger . She to had the craft of sewing and making all kinds of things , as for me not so much lol . Have a wonderful weekend !

  9. Your drapes are so beautiful....I can't believe you made them all!!! You are so very talented :o) Thank you for the helpful tips!
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Your drapes are beautiful Marty and so is your guest room!
    What a great reveal, love the fact that you put it together without much moola!
    And your so talented with the sewing too, geez I miss you and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day too!

  11. Your drapes look like a team of pro's came in and did them. I'll definately follow your tutorial when I hang my next set.

    Happy Mothers Day

  12. Thanks, Marty. I will definitely bookmark this for future use :)

  13. You always do such a great job in your posts and decorating. And you're right, I always thought you did an amazing job hanging your drapes! The fabric (to me) always makes a BIG difference!