How To Make Lined Curtains

How To Make Lined Curtains

This film demonstrates how to make a neat and crisp-free lined curtain by hand before going through the sewing machine.

This is how to make a lined hand-finished curtain. By this stage, you've got the right amount of fabric; you have decided what heading you're going to put on. A heading is the top of the curtain, what actually holds the hooks, which actually hook on to the track or the pole that you have chosen or the tall window.

Now, you've cut your curtains according to your measurements. You have split a half width, if you need to do that, and you have stitched the curtains together on the fabric. You have also made up a lining.

Now, linings should be exactly the same size as the curtain fabric that you've stitched together as your face fabric and the lining should be made the same size and hemmed by a machine. Now, it is time to prepare the side of your curtain. You want to hand-stitch the edging.

So, we pin it first and then we hand-stitch it firmly but loosely to the face fabric, remembering that all stitches that go through the back, in this case, are going to end up in the front. So, those stitches have got to be vey tiny but very steady. Use a thread that's not too thick but nice and strong and choose a colour that compliments the colour of the fabric in your curtain.

Start whichever way and you start there and then it's a good idea to make the stitches roughly the same size and hook it to the main fabric at the back. Don't give it a huge stitch. This will give you a very neat edging.

Take the pin out and there you are, once you press that, you will hardly see the blue thread. Once you stitch both edges, you're ready for hemming the curtain and you make sure that you've got your 10 cm at the top for the heading, remember? And allowing 20 cm at the bottom for your hems. You have added 30 cm to the finished length of your curtain.

So, we will take 20 cm here from the bottom and make a nice generous hem for your curtain. The generous hem in a curtain stabilizes the curtain and therefore keeps its shape for much longer. Tuck in the top, thereby giving the actual hem approximately 12 cm.

There's a nice neat hem and then you pin it along there, along the top. When you stitch the edges, don't go right down to the bottom because you've got the corner to make. You've got to miter the corner so you pull out the edge, then you tuck in that corner to make a diagonal mitered edge on the hem.

That then automatically gives you a mitered edge there, on your edge, and there is your mitered edge and hem. Yes, your hem is longer but that will be covered by the lining. It's also a good idea to put a pen in weight in there, in through the corner.

So to continue, I'm stitching the hem with various small stitches and not too tight. Never ever stitch curtains at any time too tightly when you're stitching by hand. So once you've done that right across the hem, it is time to stitch the lining on.

And here's the ready-made lining. Now, the lining should be approximately 4 cm, set 4 cm, above the bottom of the hem. That's what I do.

Some people have different opinions but that's how I do it and you need to give the edge of the lining a nice amount to be able to tuck in. So there you are, 4 cm above the edge of the curtain and then you've got this nice mitered edge at the bottom here and you tuck the lining in so that it goes to the mitered corner like a picture and you pin the edge like that and you pin it all the way up to the top of the curtain. From there, you stitch it with a cream-coloured thread and you stitch it in exactly the same way as you did the face fabric but slightly closer to each other, the stitches, and making sure you stitch the top of the edge and that you don't go straight through because if you do, you will have a line of nice little cream stitches on the face of your curtain which wouldn't look very nice.

And you go all the way down the side and you go along the bottom for about 8 cm and you finish it there. So, the two hems are loose but hang together, but they're nicely clipped in at the c