Hi I want to make double pleat full drops with a heavy linen fabric with embroidery. The windows are small and my preference is to not line to keep the fabric sheer. Will this still make the linen fabric “hang” beautifully? I have always been told to line curtains!
There is no reason they shouldn't hang well, we would use weighted lead tape in the hem.
Hello, Each of the curtains is 193 cms across the hem hem
Thr pole size is 260 cms ie 130 in each side of the middle
How do I calculate the type of heading I need? I have never done this before.
The type heading is a personal design decision. If you are new to curtain making we would recommend starting with pencil pleat curtains, but you will need 2.5 fullness ratio for the best finished look.
The calculator has rounded down the fullness ration to 1.8.
This will save me 1.5 metres of fabric. These curtains are for a guest bedroom. Do you think I’d get away with it? If push came to shove I guess I could increase the ratio slightly by not having 2x 7.5cm returns.
I presume you are making double pleats, 1.8 would be too skimpy for us.
My curtain return to the wall has to be 10cm and the curtain will then make a right-angle turn to follow the curtain pole. Should I put the first triple pleat to coincide with this turn or have the first pleat within the return. I imagine it should be at the corner but I'm asking in case you feel it would result in the curtain splaying out too much. Thanks
As you will see in the image above we do not put a pleat on the return to the wall.
Hello - thank you for the tutorial, it is very helpful. Is there a rule to calculate how wide a double pleat curtain would be when pushed back? I'd like to use that to work out how wide my curtain pole should be. Thank you
A double width, lined double pleat curtain will have a stack back of
appox 25 to 30cm. There will be variation due to fabric weight etc.
Hi - I want to make a triple pleat curtain, but I need it to hang 4cm above the pole as the glass on my window goes to the ceiling and heading tape would be seen. It is a dress curtain so wouldn't be opened and closed. Would a triple pleat curtain work.
Yes it would work, you will need to get the gap sizes the right
proportion as they will stick out forwards between the pleats as they
will hit the pole behind.
When you add on a return to the curtain for it to meet the wall how does it stay in place and not flap out to the side. Or how does it stay at a 90 degree angle?
With a return back to the wall, to hold it 90 degrees to the wall we usually
1. Hold it in place with a small wooden block attached to the wall with a hook velcro edge and sew soft loop velcro to the back of the heading near the edge. Then press the 2 together.
2. Fix a screw eye to the wall an put a pin hook near the end of the return and hook the return to the wall.
I am making curtains for two windows in the same room. One is sill length and one is floor length. What pleat depth would you recommend? Would you use the same depth for both? Thank you
We would use the same size for both, 5 inch buckram in this case.
Also for a single pair we position a pattern at the bottom of the curtain, but with 2 pairs of different length curtains in a room we would match the vertical pattern position on the headings (Top) of each pair.
What thread do you use when hand sewing and when machine sewing the pleats. I have found the video very useful but didn't see this information.
Secondly if doing a return to the wall do you miss out the last hook on the return which you place one cm from the end?
We use varous threads, Gutermann, Coats Duet, 100% cotton, 100% Polyester. For us the important factor is the colour match.
With regards to returns, quite often we fix a wooden block to the wall and attach the return to the wall to hold it in place at the right position, either with velcro (loop sewn on inside of curtain, hook on block) or hook through an eyelet.
I am about to calculate my double pinch pleats. I allowed for a return to the wall, which is 5cm. I am using track with finials. Am I right in presuming that the end pleat is hung on the last fixed hook at the end of the track, just before the finial, and the return free from there on? Does it need any special treatment to fold back to the wall.?
You need something to hold it on the wall. We would usually cover a
piece of wooden batten with lining, attach that vertically to the wall,
attach velcro hook down the side of the batten that the curtain will
touch onto, Then sew loop velcro on the inside of the curtain so we can
hold the curtain in place to the wall.
I'm confused about the ease + overlap.
Is this the amount by which the two curtains overlap when they are drawn? So is this the amount I should leave on each center of the curtain.
Should I use 12cm return to the wall for all widths of the rod?
The curtains will not pull out exactly to their flat width so a figure
is required for some ease. They will also need to overlap in the middle
slightly to seal out the light. If you don't put in this allowance they
will not even meet in the middle because they will spring back slightly.
You add in this ease and overlap figure to calculate your finished curtain width.
The return to the wall is the distance from the pole to the wall (nothing to do with ease and overlap and the width of the pole)