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What is a hidden tab top curtain?

Hidden tab curtains, also called back tab curtains, have tabs sewn onto the back of the curtain. Neither is visible from the front because the rod slips through the tab. This creates an elegant, clean line by giving the illusion of the curtain floating in space.

How do you change tab top curtains?

To transform the tab top to back tab curtains, just lay the curtains with the wrong side facing up. and pin the end of the each tab down. Sew all the way across the curtain, catching each tab end in the stitching. This will create a loop for the curtain rod, but there won’t be a ruffle at the top.

What are rod pockets?

The most classic and common of all methods of hanging drapery, a rod pocket is a sewn-in pocket, or casing, at the top of a drapery panel that easily slips over a rod and conceals it. Drapery panels hung this way bunch nicely and have a simple, casual look.

What is a rod pocket back tab curtain?

Rod pocket curtains, also called pole top or casement curtains, are a classic, and classy, way to hang drapery. A casing sewn onto the back of the curtain panel at the top allows the rod to slip through unseen. Valences hung above the curtain hide the rod even when the curtain is open.

What style is tab top curtains?

The “tabs” on tab top curtains are the exposed loops (tabs) of fabric that you see on so many curtains. These loops are drawn through a curtain rod or pole. Because of this, they remain the most popular style of curtain in country style homes.

Are tab top curtains easy to open?

Opening and closing tabbed curtains is a bit more difficult than with rings, as rings slide easily along the rod. With rings, the upper part of the window casing or trim is usually visible because they hang down from the rod.

How do you make lined tab top curtains?


  1. Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric. To determine the length to cut your main fabric, add 10” to your desired finished length.
  2. Step 2: Make the tabs. Cut 4.5” x 6” pieces for the tabs.
  3. Step 3: Pin fabric and lining.
  4. Step 4: Sew the sides & bottom.
  5. Step 5: Sew top & tabs.