Hi there - I am using a fabric that is made of 60% linen and 40% cotton, but I am hoping to re-use the black-out lining fabric from the current curtains (which are almost new, but just not to my taste). Do you think it is ok to team the light-medium weight linen/cotton top fabric with what seems to be heavy-weight blackout lining? Is that something that you have done before? Thanks.
I don’t see any problem at all with reusing the blackout lining - good to recycle than buy new!
Good luck. Cindy
Hi, Do I need the seams of the lining to be directly underneath the seams of the fabric panels? The curtain fabric and lining are different widths. I am concerned that the lining seam might show throw when the sun is shining through the curtain if it is not in line with the fabric seam. Also, when doing the calculations using fabric width do you use the total width ie including selvedge? I think I might be overcomplicating things! Thanks.
We try and line it up if there is only one join but it is not necessary and you wont be able to do it with more than one join in a panel because the fabric and lining will not be exactly the same width.
I found the answer to this in a later lesson - it makes sense that I can only match the seams if there is only one seam ie two panels. This also answers my other question - it doesn't matter what the actual width of the material is if I am not trying to make lining and fabric the same width. Thanks for the great tutorial.
Hello, my fabric is 140cm wide and the lining is 137cm, `I need 4 widths for a 250 cm pole. is it ok to use as is or will I need to add extra lining, the difference in width seems quite small 3cm or 1.5 cm on each side.
Hi, I am making pinch pleat curtains with blackout lining do I just take the lining to the top of the curtain and not all the way over the back ? Thanks Karen
We would fold it over with the face fabric.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Leave it you will trim it down when you make the heading of the curtain.
Hi, I am making large curtains and my table is quite big but not big enough to fully lay each panel out. Please can you advise on the best way to manage at the different steps.
You just have to methodically work in sections, clamping or holding in place with weights/heavy books.