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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Pin and Sew Sleeve

Using one scrap piece of sheet, create a rod sleeve at curtain top. Place clear quilting ruler at top edge of curtain. Measure 2 inches down from top and draw a line perpendicular to top with a pencil. Place scrap of fabric lengthwise along drawn line and pin in place. Place clear quilting ruler over pinned piece and draw a second line 2 inches below top. Pin just below second line. Trim off excess fabric under pinned line and on either side edge. Sew along both pin lines, making sure to leave approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches between each sewn line so sleeve will fit over curtain rod. This measurement may need to be adjusted for wide or narrow rods. Slide sleeve onto curtain rod while pinned to test out width, if desired.

Hang and Hem Drapes

Insert curtain rod into sleeve and hang from brackets. Smooth out and gently pull downward on fabric and lining. Turn raw edges under and between lining and fabric. Allow drapes to hang to make sure they skim the floor but aren't too short or too long. Continue to fold under and pin, using floor as a guide to keep hem straight. Remove from curtain rod and sew with coordinating all-purpose thread. Iron hem, trim all threads and hang. Repeat steps 1 through 5 with second curtain panel.

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