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A few months ago I made some curtains for my bedroom. I’ve been meaning to get some curtain tiebacks for them for a while, but never found any I liked. So this weekend I decided to just suck it up and make my own.
They’re nothing fancy – just a braid with two loops at the end – but they do the job nicely and were really easy to make, so I thought I’d share how I did it in case you’d like to make some curtain tiebacks for your home!
Farmhouse-style braided curtain tiebacks
- Jute twine
- Sash cord
- You can use other types of cord too. I just used this because I had some leftover from other projects and wanted to use it up.
- A pair of scissors
A quick note
Because I’m a mess of a person, I always manage to misplace things. I knew that my curtain tiebacks – which I would take off the bedroom curtains each night – would be no different. So I decided to make them so that they could hang on a little cup hook attached to the window frame when not in use.
To do this, I used a small drill-bit to drill a tiny hole on both sides of my window frame. I then screwed the cup hooks in by hand. It took all of 2 minutes to do and was only mildly terrifying (hey, drills are loud). Here’s a picture for reference:
I made sure to position the hooks in such a way that they’re hidden when the curtains are both drawn and open, because ain’t nobody got time to look at an ugly hook.
If you don’t want to go drilling into your window frame, you can use the tiebacks just fine without cup hooks. You’ll just have to tie them in a loose knot to keep them around the curtain.
The instructions below are for two curtain tiebacks, using the cup hook method above (because that’s what I used). If you don’t want to use a cup hook, make your tiebacks using three equal-sized pieces of rope. Skip making the loop and just tie them together at the top using some jute twine.
I began by cutting four 50cm/20″ long (approx) pieces of sash cord and two 70cm/27.5″ long (approx) pieces of sash cord, for a total of six pieces of sash cord.
I then grouped the sash cord into pairs. Each pair had two 50cm/20″ long pieces of sash cord and one 70cm/27.5″ long piece of sash cord.
Next, I created a little loop at one end of the longer piece of sash cord, tying it in place with a bit of jute twine, like this:
I then put the two shorter pieces of sash cord on top of the jute twine and wrapped the jute twine around all three pieces of sash cord until I had something like this:
I then braided the three pieces of cord together, much like you would if you were braiding hair.
I stopped braiding when I had about an inch of the shorter pieces of sash cord left.
I then repeated what I did at the top to create another loop. That is, I tied all three pieces of cord together using some jute twine, created a loop, and tied it in place, as below:
I snipped off the jute twine and then repeated the above process with my second lot of sash cord to create an additional tieback.