How To Make Curtains

If you are trying to save some money or just want to put an interest in crafting to good use, you may be wondering how to make curtains. In the following post we will give you the basic low-down on making lined curtains in particular.

When you add lining to the back of curtains it not only makes them look even better, but it can also help to protect the fabric that faces the sunlight and ensure that they last longer.

There are various types of lining to choose from for curtains and it generally depends on the room the window is located. For instance, you would more likely to have thermal lining curtains in your living room and blackout lining curtains in your bedrooms. Lined curtains can be used with most curtain headings such as handmade headings and tapes.

When it comes to cleaning them, you should remember that lined curtains should only be cleaned by a professional dry cleaner because when you wash them, the lining and face fabric can shrink at varying rates. These instructions are for simple, bag-lined curtains (this is curtains where the lining is attached to the face fabric sides and to the top, but the bottom hems are worked separately) with 2 fullness ratio (double the width of the window where the curtains will be hung) and a pencil pleat heading tape.

What You Need

  • Lining material to use for the curtains
  • Fabric to use for the curtains
  • Thread that matches the colours
  • Enough pencil pleat heading tape for the width of the curtains when both flat

When You Are Estimating And Measuring Quantities Of Fabric

Measure the curtain pole and then multiply it by the fullness ratio. Now take this number and divide it by the fabric width used and round it up to the next immediate whole number. This is the fabric width you require.

The lining width will be the exact same as the fabric so you just use the same number as the above.

Measure The Finished Length That You Require

To allow for hems, add another 20 cm or 8” to the cut length for the finished length. If you are using fabric with a pattern, you will need extra to ensure that the pattern matches. The lining length will obviously be the same as the fabric, with the subtraction of any added to help match the pattern. In order to calculate the amount of lining and fabric in total for the curtains, times the cut length by the number of widths for the total.

Making The Actual Curtains With Lining

The follow guide is how to make the curtains once you have measured out from the above how much materials you need. Obviously an important part to keep in mind is how to measure curtains, because you don’t want to cut it too short for the window dimensions.

Start by cutting your fabric to the size you require for both curtains. If you require more than 1 width, join them together with a flat seam and make sure to add any half widths there are to the outside edges.
Now take the lining material and cut it 7.5 cm or 3” shorter than you have cut the fabric and 10 cm or 4” narrower than the fabric. As above if you require more than 1 width, add these together using a flat seam and add any half widths there are to the outside edges.

Now turn up a double 2” or 5 cm and stitch for the hem at the bottom edge of the lining material.

For the hem at the bottom of the fabric, turn it up a double 7.5 c,m or 3” and pin it.

Now lay out the fabric onto a completely flat surface, the right side facing up, and lay out the lining material on top of it, the wrong side facing up, so that you have aligned the top folds of each helms.

Pin each side edge together with the raw edges and stitch down around 12 mm or 0.5” in from the raw edges. Stitch down the lining material length but do not stitch through to the hem allowance of the fabric.

Now take the right side and turn it out, rolling about 2.5 cm or 1” of fabric to the wrong side of each side edge. Take the hem of the fabric and mitre it out and slip-stitch it into place.

Turn down 2.5 cm or 1” of the top edge and press it.

At one end of the heading tape, knot all the cords to the wrong side and free them on the right side at the opposite end.

Close to the fold, place the heading tape along the top edge on the wrong side.

Now turn under 2.5 cm or 1” at both ends to neaten them and pin. Ensure that the cord’s free ends are on the curtain’s outside edge.

Underneath the bottom edge of the heading tape, place a cord tidy bag 5 cm or 2” inward from the outside edge.

Through all of the thicknesses , stitch the heading tape on both sides. Be sure to work both stitching lines in the exact same direction to attach it to the cord tidy bag as this will help to avoid puckering.

Repeat this process for your other curtain, being careful to position all half widths, the free ends of the cords and cord tidy bag at the opposite edges to where they went on the first curtain.

To get the required width, pull the heading tape cords and then use sliding loops to secure them.

Take any excess cords and roll them up, putting them inside the cord tidy bags and adjust all the gathers so they are even.

To finish, insert curtain hooks into the heading tape and then hang as you would normally hang curtains.

Obviously, the above is just a guide, but if you are looking for a quick and easy solution for how to make curtains and how to measure curtains, we feel you can’t get more straightforward than the above.

If you feel you need a little more help, take a look at this video we found, making curtains for beginners.