Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Ritva Curtains and a Band of Ribbon

Materials: Ritva Curtain Panels, Ribbon, Glue

Description: Ikea Ritva white curtains hang along my living room window and after a little hack, they look amazingly stunning (and much more expensive than Ikea prices). To update the plain white curtain panels, I added a 2-inch wide, black, grosgrain ribbon along the inner edges. The process was quick and painless (only about 30 minutes).

Here’s how they looked before the hack (and the much needed hem) and then after the ribbon was applied…

For this project I used ribbon from M&J Trimming and Fabri-Tac made by Beacon Adhesives. Here are the steps I took to attach the ribbon to the curtain panels:

1. Apply glue to one edge of the ribbon.

2. Fold the ribbon over about 1/4 inch and press until the glue holds.

3. Position a ladder to reach the top of the hanging curtain and with glue and ribbon in hand, climb to the top (let the ribbon unroll as you climb). Apply glue on the ribbon, beginning at the top of the folded edge and continue down about 2 inches.

4. Press the ribbon to the back topside of the curtain panel, glue side down (I glued along the seam on the curtain, about a 1/2 inch from the edge).

5. Fold the ribbon over the top of the curtain panel (to the front) and apply more glue to the ribbon.

6. Press the ribbon onto the curtain panel and continue down, all the way to the bottom of the curtain… glue, press, glue, press, glue, press…

7. Once the ribbon is glued all the way to the bottom of the curtain panel, roll out 2 more inches of ribbon and cut.

8. Apply glue along the bottom edge of the ribbon and fold over 1/4 of an inch and press until the glue holds.

9. Apply glue to the folded edge of the ribbon and continue to apply the glue until you reach the bottom edge of the curtain panel.

10. Place the ribbon on the back of the bottom curtain panel (glue side down) and press to hold.

11. After the ribbon is glued to both panels, double-checked any gaps in the ribbon. If there are any loose areas that are not completely glued to the curtain panel, apply a little extra glue. Squeeze a small dab of glue on a popsicle stick (or something of similar size).

12. Slide it under the ribbon where it’s unsecured. Then press the ribbon against the curtain panel until the glue holds.

See more of the ribbon-trimmed-IKEA curtains.

~ Kristy, Houston, TX

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6 Responses to Ritva Curtains and a Band of Ribbon

  1. Anonymous says:

    I added ribbon to my curtains but used velcro so I can change out the color.

  2. Anonymous says:

    IKEA calls these “light-filtering” curtains–how effective are they? I’m thinking about getting them…

  3. Lindsey says:

    These look really cute! For anyone who wants to achieve the same look, you may want to try iron-on fusible web tape instead of glue (I tried to put ribbon on some towels and the fabric glue ended up being inflexible and it came off after one time in the wash). Common brands are Heat-n-Bond and Stitch Witchery, and they can be found at your local craft or sewing store (like JoAnn’s or Hancock Fabrics — I think Walmart also carries some too). Both comes in several widths, are fairly inexpensive, and are SUPER easy to use.

  4. I can attest that these are definitely the same curtains…. the photo quality is due to my less than amateur photography skills. The curtains were washed, hemmed and ironed, then glued with ribbon, all after the 1st photo was taken…. which probably contributes to the stream-lined look in the 2nd photo.

  5. Anonymous says:

    She cut the curtains and took the pics at different times. I like how they turned out.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Are these even the same curtains? I’m not even going to comment on the color difference(different time of day can explain that). But in the before photo, the curtains are about 3 inches longer than in the after. They also look lighter and “floatier” in the first.

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