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Add some rustic charm to your windows with these super easy no-sew braided curtain tiebacks.
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.
Using rope I had leftover from my no-sew mini baskets, I threw together some simple braided tiebacks:
These curtain tiebacks are almost embarrassingly easy to make. They’re basically just a standard braid with two loops at the end.
In addition to being easy to make, they’re also a cheap way to make curtain tiebacks for a bunch of windows at once. A 50ft roll of sash cord will set you back $10. You can make four sets of curtain tiebacks from a 50ft roll. You can do the math there, because I’m horrible at math and will definitely tell you the wrong number.
So let’s make some tiebacks!
Make your own farmhouse-style braided curtain tiebacks
To make your curtain tiebacks, you will need:
A quick note
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 positioned the cup hooks in such a way that they’re hidden both when the curtains are open and when they’re drawn, so I didn’t have 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. They assume you’re using the cup hook method above. If you’re not, use three equal-sized pieces of rope. Tie them together at the top using jute twine and skip making the loop entirely.
To begin, cut four 50cm/20″ long (approx) pieces of sash cord. Cut another two pieces of sash cord that are 70cm/27.5″ long.
Important: If your curtains are made of thick material, you’ll need to use longer pieces of cord.
Group together three pieces of sash cord: Two regular (50cm/20″) pieces and one long (70cm/27.5″) piece.
Create a little loop at one end of the longer piece of sash cord. Use jute rope to tie the cord in place, like this:
Put your remaining two pieces of sash cord on top of the jute rope. Wrap the jute rope around all three pieces of the sash cord until you have something like this:
Braid the three pieces of sash cord together, as you would if braiding your own hair. I just used the standard three strand braid.
Stop braiding when you have an inch or so of the shorter sash cords to go.
Grab a piece of jute rope and tie all three pieces of sash cord together. As you did at the top of the curtain tieback, use the longer piece of sash cord to create a loop. Tie the loop in place with jute twine. Use the remaining jute twine to tie the three strands of sash cord together. Tie off with a few knots, snipping off any excess twine.
And with that, your first DIY curtain tieback is complete. Simply repeat with your remaining rope to create an additional curtain tieback.
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