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

    Clare Suart


    These tutorials have been VERY helpful. I"ve made curtains for years but have always missed the finishing touches and tips. Thank you.

    I've subscribed because I wanted to make triple pleated curtains and didn't know how to do so.

    However I would like to suggest that when one only has a limited table, like a dining table as I have, then the order needs to be different. Instead of making the hem and finishing with the top - the top should be inserted and then finished with the hem... the other way around.

    I followed your instructions measuring and completing the hem, but then I didn't have enough to finish the top - somehow the fabric had slipped or whatever because of not being able to lay it all out at one time. So I had to redo the hem - very frustrating!

    I now begin with putting in the Buckram along the top and then work down from there, this allows me to make the length adjustments with the hem, where there is more fabric.


    If your fabric is cut to the correct length at the start we can't see how your problem would arise. There should be enough fabric after the hem is made (if made correctly). We cant see where any fabric would slip to.


    Yes, you are correct... In theory and when one has a large enough worktop. The method you describe makes absolute sense. However in practise, when one has to work on a limited table, unfortunately the fabric does slip and so I now begin with forming the top buckram and working my way to the hem. Not as elegant, I agree, but it means I don't have problems.

    Your instructions about how to make the pleats, are perfect. My finished product has been much admired - ALL due to you!


    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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