How to make - (Double Pleat)
Pinch Pleat Lined Curtains
Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - 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 5: Make up the Lining Panels
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Instructions

    CUT THE DROPS

    The number of widths of lining needed is the same as the number of widths of fabric.

    • Cut each width of lining the length of the LINING CUT DROP calculated in step 4.
    • If you are working with an odd number of widths each curtain will contain a half width. Cut down one of the widths to split it into 2 equal halves.
    This video shows you
    • How to measure and mark your cut drops.
    • How to cut your cut drops.
    • How to split a width in half.
    • How to make sure you use the correct sides the right way up later.

    If more than one width is required per curtain, join the the lining panels with a plain seam.

    JOINING WIDTHS

    • Lay lining panels to be joined right side together (make sure the panels are the same way up) align bottoms and edges.
    • If you are working with an odd number of widths each curtain will contain a half width. The half widths should be on the outer edges of the curtain. Join the selvedge to selvedge.
    • Join the appropriate lining widths with a plain seam.
    • Press the seams open
    • Check the bottom of the joined panels are straight, if not trim.

    Eg: A pair of curtains requiring 3 widths, each curtain fabric panel is 1.5 widths (half widths on outer edges).

    This video will show you
    • How to make sure you are joining correct sides and the right way up.
    • How to sew a plain seam.
    • How to press a plain seam.

    Extra Help & Comments

    sew Helpful
    Post your questions and comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer.
    Sara
    I have a pole length of 270cm and my fabric is 135cm. I have worked out that I will need 4 widths per curtain panel. I'm using a pattern fabric which has a very small pattern so a join is unlikely to be seen.

    With regards to joining the fabric, it makes sense to join down the middle as the width is exactly half the pole length, but I have always been told (and read from tutorials) that it isn't good practice to have a join bang in the middle.
    What do you do when faced with this situation?
    Do you still join in the middle?
    Or split it so there is half width-full width- half width?
    Sew Helpful
    That's not what we do, we would join 2 full widths on one curtain and 2 full widths on the other. Doing what you suggest would end up with 4 joins in the pair of curtains rather than 2. 
    Sara
    Sorry I meant I've worked out that I need 2 widths per panel (4 in total)
    sue
    Hi I've been asked t make curtains for a lady and I haven't done pinched pleats befor.the width of the curtain is 200 .c.m.how much more material will I need.thank you
    Sew Helpful
    Im sorry we dont make calculations for people. There are full instructions on how to calculate the fabric quantity in STEP 3 of this tutorial, there is also a link to a fabric calculator that is based on the tutorial methods.
    Gail
    My lining roll width is 137cm and the curtain fabric is 150cm. My curtains are made made with a 2.2 fullness and my required 3.5 panels has been rounded has been rounded up 4. I have sewn a narrow seam on the lining panels. Do I adjust the sides of the curtain panels or add a narrow panel to the lining (I would need to buy more and therefore cost more!)
    Your videos are fantastic and so helpful, i'm on a huge learning curve.
    Sew Helpful
    If you were to cut your fabric panels down to fit the lining and they come to less than 2.2 fullness (when sides are turned). For us that would not be enough fabric so  we would add extra lining instead of cutting the fabric down.
    Maureen
    Surely I can print off instructions now I leave paid for video?
    Maureen
    I have made a practice curtain and have used blackout lining .It is a bit bulky around hem so can I just turn it in once before machining as it doesn’t fray?
    Sew Helpful
    It is not something we would do as the raw edge would not give a professional finish.
    Jolene Holmes
    Hi. Ive left a 5CM for trimming allowance. But I didn't need any of it. What do I do with this extra 5CM. Do I trim it off?
    Sew Helpful
    Leave it you will trim it down when you make the heading of the curtain.

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