How to Make Tabbed Curtains? 9 Easy and Simples Steps

Tab curtains are one of the less common kinds of curtains. It provides shade and as well forms part of the interior decoration of a bedroom and sitting room. Following the steps outlined in this article, you will learn how to make tabbed curtains in your home with basic materials.

Like every other curtain, tab curtains can serve as a divider in a one-room apartment where there is just one room. The owner may wish to convert the one room to a multi-purpose room.

how to make tabbed curtains

It does not require any technical skills. For an open tab curtain that will make the curtain rod visible, a decorative curtain rod is best for use.

10 Easy Steps to Make tab curtains

Step #1: Get the materials ready

The first step when planning on how to make tabbed curtains is getting the martials ready. The following materials are what we use to make a tab curtain: Scissors, fabric material, measuring tape, Thread, pins, measuring ruler, pen/pencil, sewing machine iron, and ironing board. Get them ready.

The fabric specifications depend on your preference.

Step #2: Measure the Width and Length of the Fabric

Measure the curtain length and the window length using a tape or any other distance measuring device. This very important when planning on how to make tabbed curtains. 

Step 3: Measure the window width and length distance

When you finished measuring the width and length of the fabric. The window width and span distance are measured. 

Step #4: Cut out the tab part region

Measure the length and width of the portion of the fabric material to form a tab. 

Step #5: Sew the tab part

Fold the tab region after the cutout. Use a sewing machine to sew it together to avoid the threads from pulling out. It also makes the work very neat.

Step #6: Iron the tab

As these tabs are ready, get iron and press the material from the tip down the end to ensure proper fixing at the end of the process.

Step #7: Arrange the Curtain Fabric with pins

Spread a large portion of the fabric material that will cover the window on the floor. The tabs are left at the edge with pins and arranged accordingly. The proper arrangement will let the curtain rods fit in. 

Step #8: Sew the tabs together with the fabric material

The arranged tabs and the fabric materials are sewn together. And in some cases where the sewing machine is unavailable. Hem tapes are used to hold the tabs on the fabric material. Iron is pressed on it and held together. 

Step 9: Iron the tab and the Fabric Material

Once, the tabs are sewn together with the material that will cover the window, iron either with electric iron or charcoal iron to ensure it’s lapping on the wall. The curtains are ready once you’re able to arrange the tabs in place and have sewn very firmly.

How do you make hidden curtain tabs?

Just like an open tab, you follow similar steps in making hidden curtain tabs. The only difference is that you don’t cut out the tab. You cut pieces of fabrics you will use to form the pole hanger (tabs).

You place the pieces on the top of the fabrics and stitch them together forming a hollow space as shown below; The distance between successive tabs is made equal. 

How do you Make Drapes With top tabs? 

The difference between a drape and a curtain is the distance covered. A drape covers the distance between the rod position to the floor level, while the curtain hangs on the rod and does not touch the floor. Curtain follows an opening sill. The drape is floor-length.

Making a drape with the top tab is very simple. Follow the steps outlined in the making of tab curtains. When buying fabrics for the drape, buy a length that will cover the floor-length.

The distance between the rod position and the floor. The width also should be longer than the width of the opening for fullness and balance.

How do you Measure Fabric for tab top Curtains?

Measuring the fabric for tab top curtains takes two steps:

Step #1: Take the length measurement

Depending on the distance you want your curtain to cover. Take the distance from the rod position to the desired position your curtain will fall. For drape, the curtain length must touch the floor.

Step #2: Take the width measurement

For fullness, 1.5 of the opening width is taken and used to cut out the curtain width. The width of your curtain must be the width of the opening plus half of the opening width.

How long Should Tabs be on tab top Curtains?

Every tab should be eight (8) inches long and the spacing between successive tabs should be six (6) inches along the curtain top. The width of the tab should not be bigger than the spacing distance.


The first sight in every home is always the curtains. The design of the tab curtains brings out more aesthetic beauty in a home. To save enough capital for other household needs, you can decide to purchase the materials to produce these tab curtains.

The only limitation to making tab curtains is when the materials are incomplete. Once the materials are complete, with total dedication, skill, and time, one can get one’s family and friends these tab curtains. It’s not very tedious, especially when two or more people are into production. 

Choose the best quality and beautiful material you desire. And with the simple steps on how to make tabbed curtains above, you will be able to make tab curtains that have the features you need.

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