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
  • Watch the videos for full step by step tution of the instructions and expert tips from the workshop

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    Step 8: Insert the Buckram
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet


    • Clamp the bottom of the curtain to the table, lining side up.
    • Smooth out the layers so they are totally flat and sitting straight on the table.
    • Fold the lining back at the top
    • Measure up from the bottom of the fabric hem "the finished curtain length" and mark with a pencil in approximately 4 places across each width. Draw a line joining the marks together.
    • Trim the excess interlining away
    This video shows you
    • Laying out the panel and folding back the lining
    • How to mark and measure the top of the curtain
    • How to trim away the excess interlining


    • Cut a piece of non fusible buckram 20cm longer than the width of the fabric panel.
    • Lay the buckram onto the interlining so the top of the buckram is inline with the top of the interlining, with 10cm protruding from each side.
    • Fold the fabric down over the top edge of the buckram and pin in place. The fabric folded over should only be 5cm deep. (if req trim away any excess fabric making sure the fabric doesn't cover more than 3/4 of the buckram)
    • At each end fold the buckram in 10cm so it now finishes flush with the edge of the fabric panel inside the side turn.
    • Form mock mitres at each corner where the fabric is folded over.
    This video shows you
    • How to position and fold in the buckram.
    • How to form the mock mitres.
    • How to make sure you dont push the side folds out.


    • Herringbone stitch the fabric fold to the buckram and interlining, along the top and down each side. Finish the herringbone stitch down to join the stitching coming up each side turn. (not through to the face fabric)
    • Ladder stitch the mitres closed
    • Lock stitch the bottom of the buckram to the interlining.
    • Remove all pins in the heading.
    • Fold the lining back up
    • Trim the lining so it protrudes 2cm above the top of the curtain.
    • Fold the the top of the lining under itself, so the lining now sits 0.5cm below the top of the curtain.
    • Slip stitch the lining to the fabric along the top and down both sides. (tuck the lining corners under to make them tidy)
    This video shows you
    • How to herringbone stitch in detail
    • How to ladder stitch in detail
    • How to lock stitch the buckram
    • How to trim the lining
    • How to slip stitch in detail
    • How to tidy the lining corners
    • Where/how to start and finish your stitches

    Your Questions & Comments


    Why non-fusible buckram? Could I use fusible?


    We use non fusible because we do not need to fuse the buckram. You can sew in fusible buckram instead if you like. It will be messy and difficult to herringbone stitch through though if you fuse it.


    Do you have to make interlined curtains wth hand pleats? Does heading tape not work with the extra bulk?



    Yes you can make interlined curtains with heading tape (and we do). We just haven't made a tutorial yet .  The lighter the interlining the easier it is to pull the heading tape into pleats.


    What stiffness of buckram would you recommend? Merrick and Day have light, firm and extra firm - could you advise which of these is most suitable? Many thanks!


    Not Extra Firm (very hard to hand stitch through and you will need a strong sewing machine) we genrally use a medium stiffness buckram.


    Could you ever place the buckram between the fabric and the interlining - rather than between interlining and lining- to form crisper pleats?


    You probably could but it is not something we have done. We think it might look odd and it is better keeping the form of the fabric from top to bottom. Using a thinner interlining might be a solution to consider.

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