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30 Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode 53 / Around the Corner - Drapery Edition

On this episode of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30 Minutes with Workroom Tech, host Ceil DiGuglielmo and workroom expert Susan Woodcock talk about "drapery corners".

You can listen to the podcast here: Episode 53: Around the Corner - Drapery Edition

and this episode has video! Click below to play the YouTube so you can see the drapery samples Susan shares and read below for how-to instructions.

This is the second in a series of "corner" topics. The first was Episode 45, Around the Corner - Pillow Edition and that was such a popular topic that Ceil and Susan thought that drapery corners would make a great podcast, too. The basic and most obvious corners on draperies are the outer edges. This is where the side hems, bottom hem and top heading (hem) meet. Susan shared that most draperies are made with the bottom hems finished first, and then the side hems are folded over on top. At the top heading you will find different methods used at the corners. With low-bulk drapery headings, the top is folded over first and then the side hems on top. With a double-fold drapery heading, you can choose to have the side hem on top of the heading or under the double fold heading. In the photo below, the side hem is folded on top of the double-fold buckram heading.

For a clean finish, a ladder stitch is used to hand sew the the end on the corners.

When you pull the thread, the ladder stitch closes the edges together.

Hand sewing side hems helps to prevent take up. See Episode 6 of 30 Minutes with Workroom Tech to learn more about how to prevent smiling draperies. Here is a link: Episode 6

For English method drapery, the bottom corners are mitered and hand sewn. The linings do not tuck under the folded hems but are hand stitched on top. This is a beautiful finish which takes extra time and careful attention. It's a luxury drapery method! You can learn more by reading Susan's article in Drapery & Design Professional Magazine, Volume 2021, Issue 1. You can find back issues of the magazine online in the industry archives at The Curtains and Soft Furnishings Resource Library.