Curtain Fabric Calculator

CALCULATES

Fabric, Lining, Interlining, Buckram or Heading Tape required to make your curtains

Fabric, Lining & Interlining Quantity Calculator

MEASURE:

SELECT:

RESULTS:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU'RE MAKING:

FABRIC:

PLAIN FABRIC:

PATTERNED FABRIC:

LINING:

INTERLINING:

How to Calculate Curtain Fabric Quantity

  • Enter your pole or track length
  • Enter the finished length of your curtain.
  • Enter the width of your fabric.
  • Enter the vertical pattern repeat of your fabric, (enter 0 for a plain fabric - see info button regarding half drop pattern repeats)
  • Select whether your curtains are to be just LINED or INTERLINED as well
  • Select whether calculating for a SINGLE curtain or a PAIR.
  • Select your curtain heading type, either pencil pleat, double (pinch) pleat, triple pleat, goblet pleat or cartridge pleat.
  • Enter the depth of your buckram ( enter 0 for pencil pleat heading as you will be using tape)
  • Enter a desired fullness ratio (see info button for recommendations and our tutorials STEP 3 for more info)
  • Decide whether you want to round down the number of widths (see info button and see calculator assumptions note 3 - calculator automatically rounds up if not selected )
  • If you have a patterned fabric decide if you want to inclue an extra pattern repeat to position the pattern on the curtain (see info button for more details and what to do with half drop pattern repeats)
  • Press Calculate

Note if you change any entries press calculate again to re-calculate.

Calculator Assumptions

  • Curtains 1.5m or shorter have a fabric double 8cm hem, lining double 6cm hem.
  • Curtains over 1.5m in length have a fabric double 10cm hem, lining double 8cm hem.
  • Calculator defaults to rounding the number of fabric widths UP to the nearest whole number. If the resultant Actual fullness ratio is too high select the option to round DOWN to the nearest whole number and re-calculate. Then check if this lower Actual fullness ratio is more suitable.
  • 5cm trimming allowance on lining cut drops
  • 10cm trimming allowance on interlining cut drops
  • 5cm trimming allowance on plain fabric cut drops (note not included for pattern fabrics as adjusted cut drops are usually longer than required)
  • Results are rounded up to nearest 10cm (0.1m)
  • Lining and interlining is assumed to be a similar width to the fabric.
  • This curtain fabric calculator is based on making curtains using the heading and hem allowances in our online tutorials. Full written explainations of the calculations the calculator is based on are given in the tutorials on this website.

    NOTE: Our goal is to make the Fabric Calculator as accurate and helpful as possible, but please double-check all results thoroughly. (see terms).

Extra Help & Comments

Sew Helpful
This is a new online calculator. Please leave any questions or feedback here. We have tested it as much as we can but that is no substitute for letting people use it, who didn't make it.
Ben Lockspeiser
To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to purchase some fabric for making some curtains but cant work out how much fabric i need.

Area is:
W - 1.8m
L - 2.15m

The curtain rail is 1.7m

Could you please email me on benxxxxxx@xxxxx.co.uk

Thanks
Sew Helpful
I'm afraid we do not make calculations for people.

Our website provides you with tutorials and things like this calcualtor to help you make your own calculations.
Caroline
So far, the tutorial & this online calculator are proving invaluable. Thank you for your help!
Steph kyles
Extremely helpful calculator, easy to use and understand, saved on my browser for quick use.
Thanks!
Pamela Taylor
Purchased the video tutorial for pencil pleat curtains for a months viewing.
would have thought paying £9.95 it would allow you to view various online tutorials from your website for that time scale as I was also interested in the roman blind tutorial. Note to potential customers the price you pay is only for the item viewing.
Sew Helpful
Yes you are right it clearly states when you puchase you are buying Access to the tutorial videos for that tutorial. The information you were given is 

£9.95 28 day access to ALL Lined Pencil Pleat Tutorial videos.(max 150 streams)
Lined Pencil Pleat Curtain Tutorial 16 videos (111min)
28 day video access: £9.95 all 16 videos (max 150 streams)

The reason we chose 28 days as a period is because many people make their curtains and blinds over a period of time eg weekends, evenings when they get spare time. They usually get it done within a month. The 24hr access is really for those who want to check how to do something.

It does not say anywhere you are buying access to the whole library of videos on the website for all the tuorials.  We have never had a complaint about this before.
Anne thomas
Can you explain fabric cut drop v fabric adjusted
So do I cut it at the adjusted?
The pattern repeat is 24 cmso am I adding 24 cm to length plus hem plus header allowance
Thanks
Love the site it's really helping my confidence !!
Sew Helpful
If you go to STEP 3 of one of our lined curtained curtain tutorials, it gives a full explaination of how you calculate for plain fabric and patterned fabric.

You need an adjusted cut drop with a pattern because you can't cut patterned fabric just anywhere and then expect the 2 panels to match up inline along side each other. There is a FREE video on the STEP 3 page that explains what an adjusted cut drop is and why you need one.
Carolyn
I put in the measurements for a curtain using double pleats with a ratio of 2. Bearing in mind that you recommend a ratio of 1.9 - 2.2 I find it strange that you came back with the fabric calculated using a ratio of 2.6 - far too much!!! How can that really be correct?
Sew Helpful
Hi Carolyn

The calculator rounds up the number of widths by default. With the number of widths you have a choice of rounding up or down to the nearest whole number when making the calculation, thus increasing or decreasing the fullness ratio.  I am currently working on the calculator adding interlined curtains, I will add the choice to round down which may result in a better fullness ratio.

A more advanced method is to actually make your curtain panel to be pleated to an exact width (rather than a number of fabric widths) to give you the exact fullness ratio you want which we sometimes do when pleating to pattern repeat, that is beyond the scope of our tutorials though. We did put that information in initially but it made the instructions very complicated and confusing trying to have 2 different options running at the same time.
Carolyn
Ok!
For me to work out the width I need in my curtains then what is the ideal spacing size and double pleats size for a rail of 150cm and a drop of 134cms for the proportions to be right
Carolyn
Ok!
For me to work out the width I need in my curtains then what is the ideal spacing size and double pleats size for a rail of 150cm and a drop of 134cms for the proportions to be right
Claire
Hi, the calculators and tutorials are excellent and easy to follow. I've just used the calculator for curtains but it just gives one request for pattern repeat measurement, my fabric repeat says 'v48cm h21cm' do I need both these amounts included? Thank you
Sew Helpful
It's the vertical pattern repeat that you need when calculating the fabric quantity.
Karen
Does the calculator automatically add on the 2cm on for the buckram depth ? Am I right in assuming that if you double cuffed the buckram, say 15cm buckram used, you would have to put 30cm in that box? Thank you.
Sew Helpful
The calculator is based on the making methods and calculations in the tutorials on the website. The length of buckram is the pre pleated curtain panel width plus 10cm each side. The depth of the buckram affects the amount of fabric required. On a lined curtain the fabric folds back over the buckram and is folded under the bottom. Yes the calculator adds on the 2cm.

You need to enter how deep the buckram will be on the curtain. 
Karen
Sorry, just read the info box at side !

So, if I put 15cm buckram, the calculator will calculate for 32cm ? Is this right please ?
Sew Helpful
the calculator will calculate for 32cm ? I'm sorry I dont understand the question What are you calculating when you say 32cm? The wriiten expaination of the calculation is in the curtain making tutorial.
Karen
Thank you. I understand what you mean.
Amanda
I now realise I hadn't read your instructions properly and didn't add in the 1 extra pattern repeat when I calculated my fabric. I've already bought the fabric so now am in a panic. What should I do? Order more fabric? But it might be a different batch.
Sew Helpful
No you cant add it on to the bottom.

The extra pattern repeat is to allow you to place the pattern, so you should still have enough to make, you just wont be able to place the pattern where you want it on the curtain. If you have a big difference between adjusted cut drop and cut drop though you may be able to move the pattern position if you want.
Karen
Hi can you please tell me how many pleats per width equates to the actual fullness figure in the calculator. Thank you.
Sew Helpful
You need to read STEPs 2 and 9 of the curtainmaking tutorials and/or look at the pleat calculator to determine the number of pleats you need.
Madelaine Smith
Hello Sew Helpful.

I very much value your tutorials, videos and calculators and have used them all on numerous occasions.

Would it be possible to add a print facility to the calculators so they may be printed for reference during make-up.

Many thanks
Madelaine
Sew Helpful
We have no plans to do this but will look into it when we revamp the site.

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