Make machined lined curtain

by Sandie on March 29, 2010

Machine-sewn curtains (also known as ‘bag lining’)

This is the easiest method of lining curtains and uses little or no hand sewing.

When calculating the amount of lining fabric you need to purchase, you should allow the same amount as for your curtain fabric. but do not add any extra for pattern matching.

1. Begin by cutting out the required widths of fabric, (see how to measure for curtains).

2. Press each width before you start, so that they are easier to work with.

3. Join the side seams on both the main fabric and the linings, taking care to match any pattern where necessary.

4. Hem the main curtain fabric by turning a double 7.5cm (3″) hem and machining accross the bottom as close to the top of the hem as possible.

5. Hem the lining fabric in the same way by turning up a double 5cm (2″) hem and machining along the hem line as close to the top edge as possible.

6. Ensure the full width of the made up lining is 13 cm narrower than the full width of the main curtain fabric. This gives you a facing along the inside of the curtains.

7. With the right sides of both curtains together, and the top of the lining hem in line with the top of the curtain hem,  stitch down the side seams. Try to stitch in the same direction for both seams.

8. Turn the curtain right side out and lay on the table. The facing at the side of the curtain should be approx 3cm.

9. Now measure the finished length of the curtain and turn over a 5cm turning at the top, cutting off any excess fabric. Machine stitch your heading tape along the top, making sure you machine in the same direction for both top and bottom stitching.

10. If you are using them, hand sew weights into the corners of each curtain and neaten by hand. Draw up your tape cords to the required width and insert your hooks.

Your curtains are finished and ready to hang.
Join your widths of curtain fabric and linings together to obtain the required fullness for your chosen curtain style.
The finished width of your lining should be 13cm less than the finished width of the curtain fabric.

Hem your curtain fabric, the usual hem allowance is a double 7.5cm hem (3inches)

Hem your lining widths, the usual hem allowance is a double 5cm hem (2 inches)

Place the lining fabric on top of your curtain fabric, right sides together, and have the lining 2.5 cm (1 inch) up from the bottom of the curtain fabric. This ensures that the lining cannot be seen from the front.

Pin or tack the sides together ready to machine.

Machine up the sides, from bottom to top, about ½ inch in from the edge, more if you have a heavy selvedge.

Turn your curtain right side out and press.

Measure up for your finished length and turn the excess fabric over at the top.

Pin your heading tape along the top and machine top and bottom, ensuring that you follow the same direction for both rows of stitching to avoid puckering.

Tie up the draw cords at one end and tuck them into the back of the heading tape, them pull up the cords from the other end to your required width and tuck them into the tape.

Your curtain is now ready to insert your curtain hooks and hang up.

If this all seems just a little too complicated, let us make your curtains for you.

We can organise all the fabrics, linings and have them couriered to you once complete.

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