How to make -
Hand Pleated Interlined Curtains
Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Buckram
  • - Weights
  • - Curtain Hooks
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Clamps
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Watch the videos for full step by step tution of the instructions and expert tips from the workshop

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    Step 6b: Insert Interlining & Hem Fabric
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Instructions

    INSERT AND ATTACH INTERLINING TO FABRIC

    The interlining is attached to the fabric by interlocking down the curtain length every half width and folding in the fabric at the side turns, hem and heading, then stitching in place.

    INTERLOCKING INTERLINING TO FABRIC

    • Lay the fabric on the work table wrong side facing up and grip it in place along the bottom and side to hold it in place. Make sure you smooth the fabric out and keep everything straight.
    • Lay the interlining on the fabric with the interlining sitting 5cm above the bottom edge of the fabric (You will eventually trim the interlining down to sit either 10cm (full length curtain) or 8cm (sill length curtain) up from the bottom edge of the fabric).
    • Align the interlining with the edge of the fabric.
    • Ensure the interlining is sitting flat, straight and is aligned.
    • With a long single knotted thread lock the interlining to the fabric every half width across the fabric panel but not at the sides (do not avoid this stage as it links all the layers together and makes the interlining form 1 with the face fabric)
    • Start the locking stitch just above where the bottom of the hem will be and end just below where the top of the curtain will be.
    • Continue doing this at each full and half width across the whole curtain. (You do not do the side edges)
    • Once you have completed this stage – again check that layers are smooth.
    • Now trim the interlining so it is 10cm (full length curtain) or 8cm (sill length curtain) up from the bottom edge of the fabric.
    This video shows you
    • How to insert the interlining.
    • How to stitch the locking in stitch.
    • How to trim the bottom of the interlining.

    INSERT WEIGHTS

    • On one side about 30cm up from the bottom edge of the panel, fold in a 5cm side turn of both layers of fabric and interlining .
    • Mark with a pin where the bottom corner of your curtain will be (20cm or 16 cm up from the bottom of the panel depending on hem depth and 5cm in from the edge)
    • Trim out the bulk of interlining at this corner. (see video)
    • If you have the whole curtain on the table, you can do the same with the other corner now, otherwise finish this side first before working on the other.
    • Sew a weight onto the interlining ONLY at the marked corner.
    • Then sew more weights onto the very bottom of the face fabric (wrong side) every full width and half width across the panel. These will sit right at the bottom of the curtain once you fold up your double hem.
    • Again at the other corner, sew a weight into the corner onto the interlining ONLY, positioned 20cm or 16 cm up (dependent on hem size) and 5cm in from the edge of the opened out panel (ie where the curtain corner will be).
    • Trim out the bulk of interlining at this corner also.

    FOLD THE SIDE TURNS

    • On one side, fold the panel corner in across the curtain corner (this will form the first part of the mitre - see video)
    • Fold a side turn in 5cm, both layers of interlining and face fabric and pin in place.
    • If required trim away any excess interlining so it is inline with the fabric edge after folding.
    • Herringbone stitch in place down the side. (start the stitch a few cms below where the bottom of the buckram will be )
    • Repeat on the other side.
    This video shows you
    • How to remove bulk from the corners.
    • How to fold the corner.
    • How to position and sew in weights.
    • How to fold and pin the side turns.
    • How to trim the interlining
    This video shows you
    • How to Herringbone stich the sides
    • What to do if your interlining and fabric dont line up on the far side.
    • How to deal with the second corner.

    Extra Help & Comments

    Sew Helpful
    Post your questions & comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer.
    Sam
    Do you recommend any particular weights? I have come across lead weight tape for curtain making, is this as effective as individual weights? Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We use the fabric covered weights (as in the videos) for our customers curtains. You can use the lead tape in lined curtains, we tend to use it more for shears.
    Sophia
    Can you tell me where to buy the curtain table clamps you use? I only have some very rough sharp metal ones from Merrick and Day, yours look kinder to the fabric....thanks
    Sew Helpful
    Try EBay and search for spring clamps.
    Jennifer
    Hi, is the interlining sewed only to the fabric panel and not the lining?

    Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    At this stage we are joining the interlining to the fabric. We join the lining to the completed panel later in STEP 7.


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