There are some things I have learned over the years that continue to reap dividends, one of these skills is the ability to make lined curtains. I’ve not bought ready made curtains in years. However it’s been a while since I made any and I wondered how well I would remember my mothers teaching, it all came flooding back and I found myself talking to my Mum and thanking her for passing on her skills.
First of all you need to know the finished size of the curtains, I measured what was already hanging there. Then out came paper and pencil and I drew a little diagram, adding 3 cm to the top of the 155cm finished length for turnings and 12cm to the bottom for the hem, so far this is just a rough guide.
As for the curtain width you need 1.5 to 2 times the window width, the exisiting curtains were 1.5 widths of fabric in each curtain so as long as my fabric is a similar width that should be fine.
Fabric samples were ordered and I worked out the quantity of fabric including extra for matching the pattern, I ordered pencil pleat heading tape and lining fabric too.
Linings were cut and joined in the same way. Now it’s time to join the lining to the curtain fabric down the sides , you want the seam to be 2 or 3 cms in , not on the edge so starting 3 cm down from the top edge of the fabric lay the fabrics right side together, edges meeting along one side, and sew to about 12cm short of the bottom. Then lay the curtain out flat and trim the lining so it’s 4 to 6 cm less than the fabric width. Pin the edges together and sew as before.
Now it’s time to add the heading tape, you need to free the ends of the cord and turn in a bit of tape, hopefully you will have the loops for the hooks near the edge but with enough tape to stitch along without going over the hook loops.
Now the exciting part, it’s time to hang the curtains, after pressing of course. Pull up the cords and knot one end, then pull up to the desired measurement, a little over half the window with, then knot the other end. Don’t cut off the cord as you may want to undo the gathers one day. Instead twist the cords together