How to Use Draw-Cord Gathering to Give Your Curtains a Little Pick-Me-Up

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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The finished curtain no longer pools on the floor!
The curtain before adding cording.
Thread the cording through the center hole in your foot. Select a zigzag and stitch down your cording.
The finished curtain no longer pools on the floor!

The finished curtain no longer pools on the floor!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

Draw-cord gathering is a very stable, easy way to create nice even gathers. Using this technique, you can turn a floor-length curtain into a new valance!

Supplies:

  • Seven-hold cording foot, couching foot, or gimping foot
  • Cording
  • Coordinating construction thread
  • Floor-length curtain

Using one of the above recommended sewing feet, thread the cording through the foot. I like the seven-hole cording foot as the holes were just the right size for the cotton DMC yarn I chose to use as my cording. These feet, when used correctly, will feed the cording through directly under the needle, giving you two hands to direct the fabric. They are a must-have in your feet collection!


Thread the cording through the center hole in your foot. Select a zigzag and stitch down your cording.

Select a zigzag stitch, and set the stitch length to 3.5 and width to 2.5. You may need to adjust these changes depending on the size of your cording. On the wrong side of your valance, zigzag over the cording 1 inch away from the finished edge of the valance and approximately 30 inches from the top. Do this on both sides. Make sure to leave yourself at least 6 inches of just cording at the beginning and end to hold on to for the gathering.


Make sure your zigzag is slightly wider than your cording so you can gather.

Gather the valance by gently drawing or pulling the cording on one end. Knot the cording to hold in place. Depending on the look you want, you may want to tack the gathers at the bottom up about 3 inches to 4 inches to keep the weight of the valance from rolling the bottom out. You can also create a different look by using the gathering technique down the middle!


The curtain before...


...and after! No more pooling on the floor or looking droopy!

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jansonmc writes: great idea
Posted: 1:25 pm on August 13th
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