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How to Use Neckties As Curtain Tiebacks

Bring a dapper and dashing touch to window treatments with tiebacks made from patterned neckties.

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Materials Needed:

  • necktie
  • Velcro
  • measuring tape or tailor's tape
  • marker

Choose a Proper Tie

It's important to take into consideration the fabric of the drapery panels which will be held back by the necktie. Drapery panels made of solid fabric work well when held back by neckties with patterns and vice versa. For a more layered look, patterned draperies can be held back by patterned neckties as long as a mix of scale and shape is used. A great rule of thumb to achieve proper balance is to mix large-scale patterns with small-scale patterns, both featuring completely different shapes. Tip: Stripes work well with overscale geometrics, florals and botanicals.

Measure Thickness of Drapery

Use measuring tape to determine the thickness of each drapery panel once properly gathered.

Create a Windsor Knot

Form the tie into the shape of a Windsor knot wide enough in diameter to engulf the drapery panel.

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