Moving on with our master bedroom makeover. With the new window and door in and trimmed, our old curtains were too short. This set will work perfectly in the basement, but we needed something else.
I’m no stranger to making curtains, but I wanted to add a little detail: leather tab tops. While in Minnesota this summer, I found a few scraps of gorgeous cognac toned leather. Just enough to make my tabs. Using other supplies Ben had, I was able to finish the job. I used 1 1/8 inch wide by 7 inch long leather strips, a leather punch, and screw post rivets.
First, I used the punch to make a hole 1/2 inch from the bottom of each end of my leather strips. Surprisingly, the punch made a clean hole through three layers of my linen panel, too.
Then I put the smooth side of my screw through the leather, then my curtain top, and through the other end of the leather piece.
Rather than basic white linen panels, there’s just a touch of rich leather.
And the way these hang? Perfect draping. So much more sleek than the bulky blackout curtains of yore.
Honestly though, the suede backing doesn’t slide super easily. We’ll live with these a few more days to see how it goes. I’m thinking I could cut another set of leather strips to add inside. That way, the smooth side could face the rod, but we’d still have the pretty side to look at. Any other suggestions to solve this problem?
Yet another simple change, but something I’m crazy about. Here are my two current favorite elements together.
Baby steps, but we’re nearing the end.
13 thoughts on “Put it on My Tab”
I don’t have any ideas for the solution, but I LOVE those tabs! 🙂
Thanks so much, Kristen! I have to agree. 🙂
Line the inside of the strap with felt
That’s what I was going to suggest! 🙂
The tabs are awesome! Maybe a heavy felt on the inside would help it slide better?
Looks great! I would buy those stick on felt circles and stick them inside the top loops of the leather tab – that should help them slide.
I have no idea if this would work…but what about that weatherproofing stuff you can rub on leather boots? Would it make the underside just slippery enough to make it slide? What about ordinary furniture wax?
How about iron-on interfacing to make the inside slide easier? They look great!
You are the most creative, thrifty problem solver ever. Please do a blog series where you visit other people’s houses!?? (Ahem, mine)
Really cool idea. What are the length of the screw posts? Thank you
Good question. It kind of depends on the thickness of the leather used, but anything under 1/4 inch should be okay.
I’m obsessed with this idea! It’s genius! I’m revamping our master bedroom right now, bc I do that every couple months lol. I’m going to try this on my curtains! You are so creative, it gives me tons of inspiration.
just came across this post…trying a similar idea…the solution to the leather straps sliding , i was thinking of adding rivets on the inner side which would also add an element.. shall post the pics when im done