How to make -
Hand Pleated Interlined Curtains
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Buckram
  • - Weights
  • - Curtain Hooks
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Clamps
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Step 6c: Form the Hem
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet


    • Fold up the bottom (10cm or 8cm) ensuring the interlining doesn't fold up.
    • Fold up another (10cm or 8cm) ensuring the interlining sits snuggly in the hem.
    • Pin the hem in place.
    • Check the corners form a mitre.
    • Ladder stitch the mitres closed.
    • Herringbone stitch the hem in place.
    This video shows you
    • How to fold the corners.
    • How to fold and pin the hem.
    • How to form the mitre corner.
    • How to ladder stitch the mitre.
    • How to Herringbone stitch the hem.

    Your Questions & Comments


    What sewing thread do you use and do you special needles and where can you buy them


    We use various brands of thread (quite often Guterman), we tend to focus more on the colour match rather than brand or type of thread.

    Regarding needles we like to use a long needle and usually use a size 5 Long darner. (we get these wholesale but you should be able to find them on google)

    Buckram Needle

    Gill Slater

    Do you ever use curtain weights?


    Yes always, we inserted them at an earlier stage STEP 6b when we inserted the interlining in this tutorial.

    Gill Slater

    You trimmed some from the length when cutting the fabric panels but at what point do you trim to the correct finished length?


    In STEP 8 when you prepare the top of the curtain you measure up from the completed Hem the finished length of the curtain then fold the fabric over as you form the heading with buckram. You trim away any excess fabric then.

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