Ariel red fabric on Louis dining chairs in dining room designed by Eddie Ross

In the dining room Eddie Ross designed for our Summer 2016 catalog, he combined Suzanne Kasler’s peony pink linen drapery panels with our lime green tape trim. This designer detail feels custom and elevates the entire room, and it’s such an easy change you can make to your panels. We’re showing you how!

Materials needed for adding tape trim to curtain panels

First, you’ll need the following materials:

Start by measuring how far into the panel you'd like the trim to be placed

Next, lay out your curtain panel on a large flat surface. Use a ruler to figure out how far into the panel you’d like your trim to be placed. We prefer an inch and a half so there’s a peak of pink on each side of the trim.

Place iron on tape along the green trim, working in about one foot sections

Once you know the amount of space you want to leave between the trim and the edge of the panel, carefully lay iron on tape along the trim. Because this trim is over 2 inches thick, we used the iron on tape at both edges. If your trim is narrower, you may only need one band of tape.

Carefully turn the trim with the tape on the back onto the panel so the iron on tape is facing down.

Carefully turn the trim with the tape on the back onto the panel so the tape is facing down. Leave an inch of both tape and trim at the end so you can fold these pieces over the edge of the panel.

Using a hot iron, fuse the tape trim to the curtain panel

With a very hot iron, carefully place the iron over the tape trim working in sections. Keep the iron stationery. Don’t move it back in forth or you risk moving the trim!

Once the trim is secured in your first section, turn the corner of the panel over to steam the edge.

Once the trim is secured in your first section (on the front side of the panel), turn the corner of the panel over to steam the edge. This creates a finished look.

Now, work along your first leading edge one foot at a time going from the top of the panel, down to your first corner.

We added the tape along three edges of the panel (creating a continuous corner), but if you’d like to save on tape or avoid creating a corner, simply fold the trim and tape over the edge and finish your edge. You can then move straight to your other leading edge, avoiding the hem of the panel all together.

Create a corner with the trim at a 45 degree angle

If you’re creating a corner with your trim, fold the trim at a 45 degree angle.

Iron the corner down with tape trim

Iron the corner down with tape trim, just as you did along the leading edge of the panel.

With a small piece of tape, iron down the excess trim

Creating the corner will leave you with a bit of excess trim. Use a small piece of tape to keep the excess fabric pinned down.

The finished corner should look like this

The finished corner should look like this. Work your way down the bottom edge of the panel (the hem) until you get to your second corner and repeat this step.

Now you can work your way back up the edge of panel to the top to complete the trim!

Once your trim is secured, let your panels dry for 24 hours. Then you can hang them up!

Once your trim is secured, let your panels dry for 24 hours. Then you can hang them up!

See the room where we used these panels, and find more entertaining and design ideas for Eddie Ross.

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