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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
To use your tiebacks, you’ll need to drill two cup hooks into your window frame (one on the left, one on the right). I used boring hardware store ones, but you can get pretty oil rubbed bronze cup hooks here. This step should only take a few minutes, even if you’re not exactly confident in your ability to use power tools (ahem, me).
Choose a drill bit that’s slightly narrower than the thread of the cup hook. This will stop your wood splitting. Use your drill to drill the hole, then screw the cup hook in by hand.
Here’s a picture for reference:
The instructions below are for two curtain tiebacks.
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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