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How to Make Ikea Ritva Curtains Look Like Expensive Custom Made Drapes

4 Materials
$45
2 Hours
Easy

You don’t have to spend a fortune on custom drapes…I’ll show you how to make ready-made Ikea Ritva curtains look like expensive custom drapes.

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

I think beautifully designed and created drapes(window treatments) are second only to good lighting in a well designed space. 

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 1. Cut the Ritva to the proper length for your window.

Hang your curtain rod, including the rings. Measure from the bottom of the rings to the floor…this is the finished length of your drapes. Then add 8″ to this measurement and now you have the length at which you will cut your drape(cut length). 

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 2. Open the side seams with a seam ripper. Easy, but be careful not to rip into the face fabric.

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 3. Press and sew in the double 4″ bottom hem.

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 4. Cut lining to the proper size. The lining should be cut to the exact finished length and width of the drape.

Since these curtains are for my own house I used white sheets from the thrift store for my lining. It’s cheaper than buying lining fabric and it’s already hemmed. 

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

When you position your lining to sew it under the side seams you’ll place the lining fabric 1.5″ to 2″ above the bottom of the curtain(pictured above). The bottom is NOT sewn together…the lining and the face fabric hang independently.

You only sew the lining to the face fabric on each side and at the top header.

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 6. Create pleats. 


I generally make my leading edge 3″ and my return 3″. Then figure out whats left to divide between my pleats and spaces. Your spaces should be between 4″-6″ and pleats should be between 4″ and 8″ typically. I actually made my pleats 3″ on this panel because it’s only double pinch pleat and I wanted more pleats. If you’re making a triple pinch pleat you’ll have go with a 6″ -8″ pleat, because you’ll obviously need more fabric to create a triple pinch pleat. There’s tons of tutorials on pleat spacing.

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 7.  Sew pleats. I move the binder clips closer to the edge of the pleat and sew the pleat behind the folds(only sew through two layers of fabric on all the folds).

Then sew the “pinch” at the bottom edge of the buckram.

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Step 8. Insert drapery hooks

how to make ikea ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes

Your finished! You can now hang and style your drapes. You may need to train your drapes for a while by tying the drapery panels so they’ll stay pleated properly(like the pros do). I’ll make another tutorial on styling drapes so stay tuned.

This is a step by step tutorial on how to make Ikea Ritva curtains look like expensive custom made drapes.

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1 question
  • Richard-Susie Brigham
    on May 3, 2019

    Hi. I don’t know what a buckram is. Can you add a picture of where to sew the 1 inch at the end? Susie

    • Neva Dew
      on May 11, 2019

      Buckram is a super heavy/stiff sort of interfacing, used a lot in hats. Any fabric store should have it.

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