Honestly EASY lined Curtains – a free tutorial!
April 9, 2013 by robiedodson
I know you’ve heard the addage, “never trust a person who says ‘Trust Me!'” And for the most part, that might be really good advice. HOWEVER …. TRUST ME!!! Today I want to show you how easy it can be to make LINED Curtains …I’ll even go so far as to add Pom Pom fringe and the project still remains EASY! Trust me. You can read it in a creepy voice if you want, but I’m saying it as a true friend-to-friend-who-doesn’t-carelessly-use-the-word-EASY!
Here is what I’m talking about! I used Summer Totem by Anna Maria Horner for my sewing room. Sorry, I didn’t know you were coming so I didn’t clean up for you! (actually, I am lying about this…I had a housekeeper yesterday, so SHE cleaned up for you! But from now on… trust me!)
Let’s get started, shall we? Here’s a little something to keep in mind if you’re new to my blog. Most of my projects are designed to be FAST, EASY and INEXPENSIVE. This means that I cut corners where necessary and possible, and I don’t get bogged down with crazy things like “standard hem lengths.” Let’s face it… who in the world will ever look behind your curtain and wonder if you used a 7″ hem or a 2″ hem…right??? You can save a lot of money and time by using small/short hems wherever possible. This is casual sewing, for sure…but the end result looks the same…TRUST ME!!! Let’s get going…
First you’ll need your main (outer) fabric. There is no rule what kind of fabric you need – I love using quilting cotton because it’s so soft and hangs beautifully. The downside is that it’s only 44″ wide – but that’s never worried me. Measure how long your finished curtain will be. Then add only about 2 – 4″.
Then, cut out your lining fabric…I cut mine a little bit shorter than my outer fabric. Saves money! Something to note: it’s way easier and faster to choose a lining fabric that is the same width as your outer fabric. This way there is no cutting down the length to make it narrower. All you have to do is cut the length. I used Symphony Broadcloth fabric.
Now place the two fabrics on top of each other with right sides facing … like your making a pillow… align the top edge and the sides remembering that your lining fabric will be shorter than your outer fabric.
Now sew the top edge of the curtain together. Stitch all the way. As you can see here, the selvege of my outer fabric sticks out a little further than the lining. If this happens to you, just position the lining so that it’s centered on the outer fabric. Make sense?
Okay, now let’s continue sewing this up like we’re sewing a pillow by sewing down the two sides of the curtain. Begin about 5 or 6″ down from the top and stop at the end of the lining. (You start further down so that you will have a casing for the curtain rod to go through.)
Now, hem the casing edges by pressing them inside and sewing a straight stitch.
Here’s what you’ll get.
Now, go to the bottom of your curtain and fold in the last few inches of outer fabric that extend past the lining. (You may be wondering…I choose not to hem the lining because it takes time and is uneccesary. If you prefer a nice hem, you’ll want to do that BEFORE sewing the sides…better late advice than no advice, right!?)
Almost done y’all! Put the bottom of the curtain on your ironing board and press a small seam…about 2 inches. Sew that hem up!
If you’re not adding fringe, then you’re almost done…woohoo!!! All you need to do is sew a straight stitch across the top of the curtain about 5 or 6″ down from the top … I always make mine plenty wide so that any size curtain rod will fit through…and it also helps the curtain slide more easily.
You’re finished!!!! Unless……………… Like Me………………. You’re still wanting more! Go for FRINGE!
I love this stuff. Especially bright yellow! It will up the cost of your project but it’s so worth it…even for a cheapie like me!
Before you sew, make sure you tuck the edge inside because this will really unravel on you otherwise. Simply start at the top, and with a wide zig zag stitch, sew it all the way down. Don’t forget the double tuck at the bottom too!
You’ll end up with a little something like this! (I can NOT describe how hard it is for a horrible photographer – aka. ME! – to take good photos in the daylight!)
Another shot! Oh how these make me giddy! Don’t you seriously want to sit down and sew something!?
Last shot … feeling pretty good you’ve got the picture of how my curtains look!
So there you have it. It’s a little difficult to capture photos of every step – please email me if you’d like further instructions. I am a true believer in handmade curtains … I’ll do everything I can to make that possible for you!!!
If you make some – please send me photos …. TRUST ME – I love them!!!