How to make -
Hand Pleated Interlined Curtains
  •   Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  •   Pencil
  • - Vanishing Marker
  • - Clamps
  • Step 5b: Cut & Join Interlining


    The number of widths of interlining needed is the same as the number of widths of fabric. (assuming the interlining is the same width as the fabric, usually 137 - 140cm)

    • Cut each width of interlining the length of the INTERLINING CUT DROP calculated in step 4.
    • If you are working with an odd number of widths each curtain will contain a half width. Cut down one of the widths to split it into 2 equal halves.
    This video shows you
    • The different types of interlining, their benefits and uses.
    • How to measure and mark your cut drops.
    • How to cut your cut drops.
    • How to split a width in half.


    When joining interlining the top and bottom layers can pass through the sewing machine at different rates causing puckering and slippage. The best way to prevent this is to use a walking foot on your sewing machine. If you only have a standard foot though, the video below demonstrates the technique to use to prevent slippage.

    This video shows you
    • The slippage and puckering caused by normal machine sewing.
    • The technique to prevent puckering and slippage if you have a standard foot.
    • How well interlining joins using a walking foot.


    If more than one width is required per curtain, join the interlining panels with a flat seam using a straight stitch on sewing machine.

    This video shows you
    • Why there is no right way up.
    • How to sew a flat seam.
    • How to make sure the bottoms are still lined up after stitching.

    Questions & Comments

    Gill Slater

    What is the vanishing pen you use?


    Hancocks vanishing pencil with erasor on the end


    have purchased lining with the interlining fused to it (all in one) and wondered if you could advise the best way to make up the curtains please?


    Make it up using the lined curtain method. You‘ll basically have a lined curtain with thick lining.


    My lining and interlining widths are wider than the fabric width. Am I right in thinking that the finished fabric, interlining and lining panels should all be the same width before I start putting them together? So if the fabric panels are 1.5 widths each, I should cut the lining and interlining panels to that same width which is less that i.5 lengths? I think that is what it says but I want to be sure before I cut! I'm having trouble with the videos - even though I just subscribed to them I can't watch them?


    It's all in the videos, please contact us via contact page  if you are having trouble viewing.

    Sophia Clarke

    I have had problems measuring interlining from a large roll since it can easily pull out of shape and then it is uneven once cut....can you recommend a table top fabric dispenser, to put a roll of fabric on, to cut more evenly? Rowley do a clamp one but it is really pricey to get sent to the UK...


    We do have one that we made ourselsves that slots into the frame of a big table. To be honest though we dont really use it that much.

    fabric roller 

    It is made from components of Stainless Steel Fishing rod stands, They are strong and adjustable.

    Fabric Roller 2

    Fabric Roller 3

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