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Date: 3/23/09 7:48 AM

What should I use to make the tabs with? I want them to hang nicely without being droopy. Is there a stiff interfacing to be used so they aren't droopy. The reason I ask is that I have a set of panels that are room darkening/insulated that I bought at K-mart. I will probably use a heavy weight for the tabs on the store bought panels. But if I want to make these from scratch, what would I use?

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Date: 3/23/09 9:41 AM

I have not used the stiffer interfacing for curtain tabs, but I have recently made a few handbags and discovered Pellon has different weights of interfacing. The weight is designated by numbers such as Pellon 40, Pellon 80, etc. ; as well as fusible and sew-on. The 80 is very very stiff - almost board-like.

The Joann's in my area has all the Pellon out on a fabric rack and it is easy to see the differences in weight just by touch. Some other stores keep the interfacings in back of the cutting counter and I've encountered salespeople who don't necessarily know there are different weights, so you have to ask to go back and feel them.

I'm sure one of these would be a good idea for your project. Good luck. Hope this was some help / amsans

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Date: 3/23/09 12:00 PM

Why bother?
I am making new panels for my kitchen bay window. I was considering tabs, but after looking at many ideas in magazines, I decided to just buy clip rings and embellish them with braid.

The rings come in black, gold, bronze to match your rods, just clip to the panel, allowing you to slide them closed on the rings. You can get them in JoAnn's--wait for the 50% off days or coupons, Big Lots, Walmart. I found mine in Ross for 1.99 for a package of 7, when they are 6.99 in JoAnn's.

The other thing you can do with ready-mades is just add a length of ribbon or decorative braid at the top or down the edges to coordinate with the room.

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Date: 3/24/09 5:10 PM

Smidget, the tab back panels are a different look than either the traditional tab panel or the ring-clip panel. It depends on the look you wish to achieve.

To answer the question as to what fabric to use for your tabs, try to match the weight of the front fabric. This fabric will not show on the front.

I added a crinoline to the top of the panel fabric. It is found in the drapery department and comes in a couple widths. Mine was 5" I believe. I did not use it in the tabs themselves. Good luck on your project.

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