How to make - (Double Pleat)
Pinch Pleat Lined Curtains
Step 5b: Hem the Lining Panels


Hem the bottom edge of the linings. This is a double hem (turned twice) 6cm for sill length curtains and 8cm for floor length curtains:

  • Fold up the bottom (8cm or 6cm)
  • Fold up another (8cm or 6cm)
  • Pin and machine stitch
  • Now put your lining panels to one side, we will deal with the fabric next.
This video shows you
  • Quick and easy ways to fold and mark your hem.
  • How to stich your hem.

Questions & Comments

Jenny Hall

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.

Shelagh Richards

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 Shelagh.

The flat width of your fabric may be 140cm but, once joined (particularly if patterned) then it may well end up being a little less.
What I would do is make up the face fabric and lining panels as normal. When you lay the lining on top of the face fabric, slip stitch in place along the leading edge. When you come to slip sticking down the outside edge, there will be some extra face fabric sticking out beyond the lining. I would then trim this down to where the edge of the lining sits. Once you have folded in a 5cm side turn, the lining will be the correct width to fold under your 2 cm side fold and slip stitch in place. REMEMBER that you have taken the fabric from the outside edge so, when you sew the second curtain, you will need to make sure you mirror this. i.e if you took excess from the left side of the first curtain, you will need to take from the right side on the second one. Hope that helps. Good luck.

That sounds great, thanks for your advice.


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.

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?


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.

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