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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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Sew Sides

At each corner of fabric panel, cut out fabric from double-folded hem to remove some bulk (Image 1). Fold corner over (Image 2), then fold side edge in 1 inch. Fold over another inch to create a double-folded edge that hides raw edges; pin into place and press (Image 3). Sew sides and remove pins. Repeat steps 2-7 on second curtain panel.

Sew Header

Spread fabric panel on work surface face down. Determine which side of panel will be on inside of the window once hung. Measure 3" in from that determined side on header. Place a pin vertically at that mark (Image 1). Measure over 4" and place another pin. Repeat this process for entire width of drapery panel, alternating 3" and 4" (Image 2). The 4" spans will be pleats and 3" spans will be spaces. Sew 4" length of header vertically at each pin to secure header (Image 3). Remove pins and trim threads. Repeat with second panel, starting at opposite side, so panels are mirror images of each other.

Pleat and Hang Panels

Fold two pleats inside each 4" span on header (Image 1). Pleats should point outward. Tack each pleat at top with an all-purpose needle and thread (Image 2). A thimble may be required for thicker fabrics. Once all pleats are tacked, clip curtain rings inside of each pleat and in each folded edge (Image 3). Rings may also be sewn into pleats (Image 4). Repeat with second panel. Press drapery panels, if necessary. Slide drapes onto rod and hold over window. Mark desired placement of hardware. Install hardware and hang curtain rod (Image 5). Draperies should "skim" the floor.

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