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How to Sew Lined Drapery Panels

Finding just the right curtains can be tough and having them custom-made is expensive — but with basic sewing skills, you can make these beautiful, lined and pleated drapes in any fabric and get the custom look for less.

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Materials Needed:

  • approximately 5-6 yards of 54" wide decorator fabric for an average 26-30" wide window
  • 5-6 yards 54" wide drapery lining
  • coordinating all-purpose cotton thread
  • tape measure
  • clear quilting ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • yardstick
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • iron and ironing board
  • 3 yards 4" wide header tape
  • 8 drapery weights
  • 16 clip curtain rings
  • curtain rod

Measure Curtain and Lining Panels

Use a tape measure to determine length from floor to desired height of curtain rod. Subtract 1" to account for rings and add 16" for header and hem allowance. Transfer this measurement to fabric (Image 1). Use a quilting ruler or square and yardstick to draw a straight line across fabric panel. Mark line with pencil; then cut across marked line (Image 2). Repeat with second curtain panel, being careful to match up design, so it's level across both panels. Repeat this process with lining fabric, subtracting 10" from total fabric length. Tip: For wider windows, it may be necessary to add to the sides of each panel with additional fabric. Cut the additional fabric at this time and seam two pieces together to make one larger panel.

Fold and Press Hem

Place fabric on ironing board wrong-side-up. Fold bottom edge of fabric panel over 8 inches and press (Image 1). Open pressed fold and fold bottom four inches of fabric into fold and press (Image 2). This creates a 4" double hem.

Insert Weights and Sew Hem

Open pressed double hem and place drapery weights about 18" apart along bottom edge of fabric, leaving about 3" on each end to allow space for fabric to be folded over. Tack each weight in place by hand with an all-purpose needle and coordinating thread (Image 1). Fold double hem, enclosing weights and pin (Image 2). Sew hem on a sewing machine (Image 3).

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