How to make - (Double Pleat)
Pinch Pleat Lined Curtains
  •   Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  •   Pencil
  • - Vanishing Marker
  • - Clamps
  • Step 1: Measure the Window

    Fix your curtain pole or track in position.

    • Measure Pole length - the length of the track or pole excluding finials or end caps.
    • Decide on where you want the curtain to finish - eg whether to the sill, to the floor or over long etc.
    • Measure the Hook Drop
      - The distance from the curtain ring eye where the curtain hook attaches to the pole down to where the curtain length will finish.
    • Measure Hook to Top - The distance from the curtain ring eye up to where you want the top of the curtain to finish.*


    Most people instinctively think you should cover the pole or track with the curtain, however choosing a high hook to top measurement can cause the curtain to hit the pole/track when stacking back pushing the curtain forward between the pleats when the curtains are pulled back.

    High Hook to Top - Curtain covering pole or track, but curtain not stacking back properly.
    Lower Hook to Top - Enabling Curtain to stack back properly.

    Some people like their curtains to stack forward especially if you are covering a track but your pleat spaces need to be proportionate to you pleats otherwise they will stick forward too much.

    Questions & Comments

    Noorjehan Bhana

    Why does the calculator only bring NAN as answer? What ami doing wrong ?


    NaN means "Not a number" which probably means you have left text in the entry box when entering the numbers.


    Can these curtains be used with traverse rods? I am replacing curtains that are nearly 50 years old and are falling to pieces. But the rods still work really well and we don’t want to put more holes in the wall.


    We are UK based and not sure what you mean by traverse rods. Can you post a picture? 

    The curtains (drapes) in this tutorial attach to a curtain pole or track with hooks.


    What width is the buckram that you use?


    That's answered in the next step. STEP2

    Sarah F

    I see above that you comment that using blackout lining is fine in pinch pleats with bucram in the same way as you would use normal lining... just checking as I was wondering if they would come out a bit thick. Am using interlining too. Would you maybe suggest to leave the interlining out instead or would it work ok with both? I'm hoping to use blackout lining as the bedroom is south facing, and the interlining is just to make the curtains feel more luxurious and substantial.


    That is an interesting question. Interlining and blackout both offer totally different properties - interlining will give you the luxurious feel that you are after (but not the blackout) and the blackout will do the opposite so you will have to weigh up the pro’s and con’s and make the best decision for your project. Also, take into account your face fabric - if it is a cotton or linen, then they would benefit from interlining. However, if you are using a heavier weight weave or similar, you could get away just with blackout.

    If you decide to use both, I would use a light weight sarille (180 GSM) which will give you a more sumptuous feel without making them too heavy. This is what I would do but, like I say, it would be fabric dependent.

    Hope that helps and good luck with your project. Cindy


    I have a ring on the finial between the bracket and the end cap - this ring has a hook to attach the end of the curtain onto (so that the curtain side stays fixed on the external side of the bracket). Do I include the length between the bracket and the end cap into the pole length since the end of the curtain panel will have to cover this too?


    Yes absolutely, The pole length is from finial (end cap) to finial (endcap).

    Sue Turner

    Do I need to use buckram if I’m using pinch pleat tape


    We don't use pinch pleat (double Pleat) tape in the work room. We would use buckram and make had double pleats.


    Absolutely brilliant. All questions answered in such great detail. Thank you

    Sue Hall

    Can you use this type of header if the curtain track is just below the ceiling. I don't have enough clearance to put a pole up


    Yes, you can adjust the pin position, you need to work out where you want the top of the curtain to finish and what hook to top distance you want before you start making. 

    Shelley Kingston

    I am making pinch pleat curtains for a friend but the pole has not yet been put up. I have measured the desired drop to be 215cm. Should I ask her to get the pole put up before I make the curtains in case the height it is put up at is not accurate to the curtain drop I intend to make to, or should I just go ahead and make to a 215cm drop as planned and let them worry about being accurate when putting the pole up?! There is plenty of room above the door for a bit of flexibility!


    We always measure from the pole after it has been put up. It is easier to make the curtain the measured length rather than put a pole up to a specified height accurately. ( the height is eyelet to floor not bracket to floor, the bracket may not get a strong fixing at the height you specify etc.)

    Louise Earle

    Can I use a curtain track for double pleats. Your video doesn't show one when measuring hook to top for a track only a pole so am wondering if they will stack back nicely like you showed in the video with a pole.


    Yes you can, here is a double pleat on a track we made recently. 

    We put the pin hooks near the top of the curtain so the gaps stacked back under the track. If you do decide to have the pin hooks lower so the curtain covers the track make sure your gaps aren't too big relative to the pleat size so they dont push forward too far compared to the pleat. Making a mock up with some lining and buckram helps to work out how bigger pleats and gaps to go for if you are not sure.

    Double Pleat on a Track 


    Your tutorials are 100% brilliant ! Thanks to you I had the confidence to take on tcurtain jobs for clients . I was able to make perfect curtains ,lined triple and double pinch pleats. Clients VERY happy. I will send photos when I have good quality ones available. I am now working through your blind making tutorial.

    May I ask which semi industrial sewing machine you are using?

    Thank you so very much !!!!!!


    It's a Janome 1600P

    There is a review we did on it here in our BLOG . Janome 1600P Review



    Does you calculate take into account ease + overlap?


    My pole width is 240cm so do I actually enter 240 or 260 which will allow for 10cm ease + overlap for each curtain?

    Hope that Makes sense...thank you


    You are not calculating at this STEP you are just measuring. Ease and overlap is covered in the next STEP when you calculate the curtain dimensions.


    Thank you for your brilliant videos. I am going to make some double pleat interlinked curtains for my daughter. She is a nurse and so has to sleep during the day and wants blackout lining incorporated into the curtains. Do I use this the same way as ordinary lining or do I need to add it on after I have made the curtains and if so how would I do that?


    Just replace the lining with blackout  lining. Do not press open any join seams, fold them to the side.

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