I don’t know about you, but I’ve suddenly realized that it’s nearly impossible to purchase four-inch buckram by the yard. A couple of years ago, I ran across a partial roll on clearance at Wal-Mart for pennies per yard. I bought all on the roll and wondered why such a thing would be on deep clearance.
I think I understand it now. Whether at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn Fabrics, all buckram available is over twenty inches wide and is sold by the yard. No more long strips to sew into our pleated headers? What are we to do?
I recommend purchasing two yards of buckram on the bolt – in whatever width your store has in stock. Mine is 25-inch width.
Cut buckram into strips the width you need. I used this method to make my 5-Inch Drapery Pleats for Tall Ceilings, but the standard width is four inches.
Zig-zag stitch strips together, end to end, to the length you need for your panels.
Notice the buckram is wavy from wrapping around the fabric bolt.
You’re all set to sew the buckram into your curtain panel header.
You may be wondering why the buckram needs to be stitched together. Why not just use it in sections and align strips end to end inside the header?
Well, because buckram needs to bend and curl, not bend into a fold except where you want it to fold – like with these 2-Finger Euro Pleats.
I was able to find four-inch buckram at Amazon, along with other choices. The four-inch buckram comes in 6-yard rolls and looks to be on clearance with a limited stock. Maybe they’re discarding what’s left and are heading toward only supplying the larger widths, as well. Purchase quickly if you want those four-inch buckram rolls. (Just my advice. I get no compensation for telling you that.)
The 25-inch width buckram at Amazon is double the price of Hob Lob or JoAnn’s. My recommendation is to purchase the buckram at Hobby Lobby with your 40-percent-off coupon (easiest with your smart phone). It’s just so easy to make whatever width you need for your curtain projects!
What about in your area? Have you had trouble finding buckram ready-made in the widths you need?