How to make - (Double Pleat)
Pinch Pleat Lined Curtains
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  Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .
How to make a double pleat curtain tutorial by Sew Helpful

Lined Hand Pinch (Double) Pleated Curtains

Learn how to make your curtains the way they are made in a professional workroom.

This tutorial includes

  • Full Written Instructions
  • 17 Videos
  • Diagrams
  • Tips
  • Definitions
  • Example Calculations
  • Tools Required
  • Materials Required
  • Extra Help

We also cover how to deal with a patterned fabric as well as plain fabric when making the curtain. These instructions have been developed by Cindy Taylor an experienced curtain maker. There are tips included and with the benefit of her experience you will avoid common mistakes that can be made and get a professional finish.

Tutorial Steps

Our tutorial is made up of the following steps.

Each step is described in detail with demonstration videos also available.


        VIDEO INSTRUCTOR - Cindy Taylor

Owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers.

Making a Double pleat lined curtain
Making Double pleat lined curtains
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Your Questions & Comments

Susan Stone

Hello Cindy,

I am making 2 full length double pinch pleat curtains 5m wide and 3 short length curtains1.5 wide all in the same room. Would I use 12.5cm buckram for each of the headings or use 12.5 just for the 2 full length and10cm just for the 3 shorter windows.

Any advice please?

Your tutorials are so well explained, thank you.


These are design decisions, no right or wrong answers.

We would be inclined to make the pleat sizes the same on all the curtains. (probably all 10cm as 12.5cm wouldn't look right on the short curtains).


Hi I’ve paid for the video tutorials but cannot find the links to the videos. Please could you let me know where I can find them


Hi Siobhan

I have replied to both of your emails with your passcode. The videos are in the tutorial, go through the STEPs of the tutorial and you will find them embedded in the instructions. You press play on a video then enter your passcode when the it asks, once you have entered your code all the videos in your tutorial should then play for you. please check your junk/spam folder.  


Thank you


Hi, I recently completed these single pleat drapes, which I'm really happy with, but am wondering if you have any advice about what I could have done to avoid the 'kink' at the bottom of each pleat?? They are fixed to cover the track. Thanks :)


Did you pull the fabric down from the pleat as in the videos.

Judith Loveday

In the kit set lampshade covering video - is the stiffening fabric available in a roll? What is it called? I want to re-do my lamps because the stiffener has shattered, and don’t need a kit. Thanks!


You may be able to get it from


Hi, I want to convert eyelet curtains to double pleat. If I trim off the eyelet part of the curtain, can I continue from there or should I create a small hem at the top? I will be taking the curtains up also as they are full length but I want sill length so have the material to lose if needed. What steps should I be following though?


We would cut the eyelet heading off and remake the heading with buckram as in the tutorials.


Hi I’m wanting to use quite a heavy chenille fabric for my curtains. Is this suitable for pinch pleating.



You won't be able to make small dainty pleats with thicker fabric and especially with interlined curtains and thick fabrics you need to make sure your machine and needle is strong enough to stitch through when sewing the pleats into the heading


Amazing tutorial, thanks so much for takng the time to create such a thorough and educational video! x


Bloody hell (quality). Decided today to have a go at making curtains after seeing final cost of made to measure. I'm a bloke (not that it matters) in the middle of painting 2 rooms & my wife is reminding me 'carpets first' (before curtains) & that is true but your video has given me the confidence to have a crack at the curtains when the time comes. Exceptional (you put a lot of DIY videos to shame). Thank you very much.

Sharron Boog-Scott

I want to make a curtain for my front door using velvet wiith double pinch pleats. Someone has suggested that the method for fitting buckram which I have used for my other double pleat curtains (following your tutorials successfully!) will not work for velvet as it is too thick. It has been suggested that I use buckram which is glued on both sides, and eliminate the wrap around the buckram to reduce bulk.

What would you do?

Do you have any other tips for sewing velvet?

I have already purchased the velvet.


We do not iron velvet as you can damage it so would not use fusible buckram with it.

The thickness would not be a problem for our machines so we would make with the normal method. If your machine is not up to it, to reduce bulk  you could tack the buckram in place, fold over 5cm fabric at the top then bring the lining to the top at the back (similar to the interlined method). Once the pleat folds are sewn in place you would then need to remove the tacks.

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