Easy-Sew, Lined Window Treatments

Floor-length drapes in a beautiful material can be expensive. It can also be a challenge to find the perfect fabric to coordinate with the rest of the space. These easy-sew, fully lined drapes are the perfect budget-friendly solution.

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Materials Needed:

  • approximately 6 yards of 54"-wide decorator fabric (additional yardage will be required for taller windows)
  • coordinating all-purpose thread
  • 2 white cotton twin sheets
  • tape measure
  • clear quilting ruler
  • pencil
  • sharp scissors
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • straight pins

Measure and Cut Fabric

Hang curtain rod at desired height. Prewash both fabrics if the drapes need to be machine washable. Use tape measure to measure distance between floor and curtain rod. Measure and cut fabric to measured height of curtain rod plus four inches. (Example: If measurement is 86 inches, cut fabric to a length of 90 inches.) Trim off factory edges.

Pin and Sew Lining and Fabric

Spread one curtain panel right-side up on a clean floor or large work surface. Place sheet over the top so the right sides are together, both pieces of material are smooth and at least two edges are lined up. Trim excess fabric off two sides of sheet and reserve scraps. Pin sheet and fabric together around three sides (top, left and right). Sew along pinned edge, leaving approximately 1/4-inch seam allowance. Bottom of curtain will not be sewn at this point.


Turn drape right-side out and iron, especially around sewn edges. Fold fabric over slightly, so white lining doesn't show when curtain is hung. Smooth out all wrinkles.

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