Trimming Plain Curtains

By Kate Riley October 30, 2017

Happy Monday friends! It was an exciting weekend for us. On Saturday, my son was awarded a first degree black belt in taekwondo after training for five years. I am so proud of my little man!

I spent Sunday at home doing chores around the house. One of them was finally hanging my living room curtains. It took me a month to get around to it after my floors were refinished. :) As I was ironing the wrinkles out of the linen I was reminded how even after three years I still like the simple white curtains with Greek key trim.

Not all windows cry out for pattern. Often a plain curtain will do! One of the best ways to give a basic curtain panel a little extra flair is with curtain trim. There’s no sewing required if you use fusible web tape which makes it so easy to apply.


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Retailers know that plain curtains with embellished edges are appealing, this is a good example from West Elm of plain panels with an embroidered border.


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If you have patterned panels, trim is not off limits. Find a trim that complements your existing print and take them to the next level by adding an interesting border.


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In my home’s more formal living room, I made my curtains by adding pewter Greek key trim (always classic) to both sides of white linen panels. Mine is sewn on but as previously mentioned, any trim can always be attached to panels with iron on fusible web tape purchased online or from a local sewing supply store.




I prefer trims that are minimum 1 ½ inches wide so that they can be admired from across the room. Look for embroidered patterns or ones that add a dash of color. Tassels or pom poms are fun too.



trims shown: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12


Sources for Curtain Trim:


M&J Trimming

Decorators Best

Robert Allen

Calico Corners

Online Fabric Store

Inside Fabric

Buy Fabrics

Joanns Fabrics




What about you? Have you used curtain tape or trim on your home’s window panels? Feel free to share I’d love to see your projects!



  1. I’m curious as to how you handle the cut ends. The raw edge. Do you fold it over the finished edge at the top of the curtain & along the hem? Do you turn the end under & sew it to keep it from unraveling?

    • I would like to know this, too. Seems like it would be very thick at the top and bottom folded over but still that might be the best option.

    • Tuck the edges under and sew or fuse them to the inside of the trim itself before you attach it at the top and hem.

  2. Congratulations to your son! That is a big accomplishment and I know he worked very hard for that. He inherited his strong motivation and dedication from his mama! The curtains looks really nice Kate. I love Greek Key and the trim really adds that extra special touch.

  3. Hi – how many rolls of trim did you use for a set of curtains? also, do you have any favorite places to buy silk curtains or other curtains beside linen/cotton….
    thank you

    • I buy trim by the yard, so you’d need 3 yards for a 96″ curtain. Basic silk curtains can be found at Overstock or Bed, Bath, & Beyond. :)

  4. When i try to cut the fabric, i can’t go straight, and it turned out to be uneven, not the beautiful style uneven, but very ugly uneven, I am not good at doing handwork from childhood. I am very envy you!
    Miranda ~ ~

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