"Hide the Clip" Ring Top Curtains

My favorite curtain hardware for function is probably the ring-top. It consistently slides smoothly and is a cinch to put up and take down. Ring-top has NOT been my favorite for looks, though, because of the ugly little clips used to attach the rings to the curtains.
I FINALLY made curtains for our family room. I ordered swatches over a year ago and just couldn't decide, so I waited. And waited. Then, a few weeks ago I decided on a fabric and placed my order.
But my decision-making had only just begun. I had to choose my hardware.
I used these convenient clips on some curtains I hung in our old house. Overall I was happy with the curtains, but I hated seeing the clips. I would arrange the curtains carefully to try and hide them.
So, this time around I devised a way to keep those little things hidden. And it worked!
All you need in addition to your normal curtain-making supplies is some grosgrain ribbon.
First, attach the grosgrain ribbon to the top of the fabric, 1.5 inches down. You can put one big strip of ribbon all the way across, or you can measure out and evenly space pieces of the ribbon (as I did), so attaching the clips at even intervals later will be easy. I am using 7 clips, so I have 7 pieces evenly spaced. Both of my curtains are shown here, one with the top folded over because I used the first one I did as a guide for the second.
Sew the ribbon on three sides , leaving the bottom open. (Bottom of ribbon will become the top when you fold over and make the top tab of your curtain, as shown here.)
Finish the rest of your curtain top, sides and hem.
When you hang the curtains, clip the rings on to the hidden strips of ribbon.
Good-bye visible clips!
Easy sliding and no clips in sight!
Ahhh. I am always amazed at how much more finished a room looks with curtains!
  10 answers
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 06, 2017
    brilliant and looks good!
  • Heather McKinney Heather McKinney on Jan 06, 2017
    Thank you for that epic fix!
  • Samantha Samantha on Jan 07, 2017
    Hi. LOVE the material you used, and such a clever fix. Well done
  • Tam 15076171 Tam 15076171 on Jan 08, 2017
    I love your idea !! I love the rings too and I agree they aren't pretty what I did was put another extension rod up and made a valance to go above it and hid the rings or one time I put a scarf on the second rod there are many things you can do to hide the rings and again I love your idea.

  • Kristin Kristin on Jan 08, 2017

    Good thinking out of the box

  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Jan 08, 2017

    Looks awesome!! Very clever way to make it look like the rings are sewn to the curtains without actually having to do that!

  • Martin.deborah63 Martin.deborah63 on Jan 09, 2017

    Beautiful fabric! I would build a wood cornice and install all the way to the ceiling, easy breezy thing to do. Three pieces of plywood attach to walls and ceiling. I would then use crown molding at the top of the cornice and some decorated molding at the bottom just to give it visual interest. Chalk paint and wax. it will bring the eye up to a focal point and visually heighten your ceilings as well as give your bathroom a more grand look. I believe it would show off those fabulous curtains also. I hope this helped your creative juices to flow.

    Wishing you the Best!

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Jan 10, 2017

    A way of hiding the rings, would be to put a tension rod in front of the shower curtain rod with a valance on it. Depending on the length of the valance, you might need two. For my own bathroom, I use a swag on each end of the tension rod with a valance in the middle. Works for me.

  • Amazing! Great share. Saving! And so simple. Your instructions are easy too. Thank you!

  • MadameRã MadameRã on Jan 12, 2017

    I actually use a pre-made lace trimming/sometime small bed valaces work to..place velcro pieces in a few areas,add the connected piece with a doubled sided tape(one that can be removed off the roof without marks if its not your place;if it is,i'd stick them in place.)

    You can create different colours & shapes doing this strange idea;but its a goodie,& not really expensive.. Mine was a white lace trimming that i made a blend of three colours up,thus looking marble in tye dye form. I made enough for two lots,//so to change & wash every month or so,but they both look different because of the created patterns with the colour dying... Tip, after hanging them up(close but leave around 3cm away from the ring point), always use a hairspray a couple of times; this b4 your first shower...because as i say with much, it reduces dust holding onto all sorts of materials..(only do this procedure in a dry bathroom..not straight after the last person has had their shower...allow a 5 hour span..this for the project safety/& success)

    It really looks beautiful, & as said you can create your own colours/even styles...& amazingly guys can even do this in their own spaces, because curtian rings are just that, curtian rings...even if you got gold ones, unless you tell people they are gold they still are curtian rings...even the most lovely designed(& expensive) are still just curtian rings... with that space..& its ugly/ or just same same.... hope this might make you smile:))

    Happy Crafting