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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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Hem Lining

Place lining fabric wrong-side-up on ironing board. Fold over 2" and press (Image 1). Fold over another two inches and press to create a 2" double folded hem. Pin and sew (Image 2).

Connect Fabric and Lining

Spread fabric over floor, right side facing down. Place lining on top, right side facing up. Wrong sides should be together at this point. Line up bottom of lining about 1" higher than bottom of fabric panel (Image 1). Smooth both fabrics out, removing all wrinkles and folds. Pin fabric to lining in a few places to hold them together.

Create Header

Use ruler to measure down 8" from top of fabric and make a mark on lining fabric at this point (Image 1). Cut off any lining fabric above that 8" mark. This is removing unnecessary lining that would make header bulky. Run header tape along width of fabric panel and cut to size. Fold fabric over header tape, which is 4" wide, then over once more to create a double folded 4" header, like hem at bottom. Pin in place and press (Image 2). Do not sew at this step. Tip: When working with large panels of fabric, put hand weights, water bottles or soup cans on corners and center to prevent lining and fabric from shifting.

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