Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Thread
  • - Buckram
  • - Wadding
  • - 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

    Video User Comments

    I love your videos they have given me the confidence to make my own curtains and blinds....Julie

    Your videos are so good, thank you…..Alex

    Once again, I should say that I think the video tutorials are extremely well done. Although I've been sewing for years I've learnt lots of techniques that are new to me and that give a much more professional finish........Heather

    Thank you for such brilliant tutorials and videos....... ....Barbara

    I have absolutely loved your videos for curtain making, I have learnt so much from you….Charlotte

    Step 10: Hang the Curtains
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Instructions

    HANGING CURTAINS & BINDING

    • Insert curtain pin hooks into the back of each pleat at the correct Hook to Top position.
    • Insert a hook on the Return flap.
    • Insert a hook on the Overlap of the curtain if required - (see video)
    • Make sure you have the appropriate number of rings on the track or pole.
    • Hang your curtains.
    This video shows you
    • How and where to place hooks
    • How to hang your curtains
    • How to bind and dress your curtains for a professional finish

    Extra Help & Comments

    Rachel
    Brilliant instructions....huge pair of 6 m wide 3 m long curtains made...thank you so much (as well as about 15 roman blinds now :)
    Sue Simpson
    When you put the hooks into each pleat do you just use the stitching of the pleat to secure the hook or do you go through the buckram as well.
    Sew Helpful
    You go through the buckram (make sure the pin doesn't pierce through the face fabric). For a heavy curtain we would put a pin hook either side of the stitch line, ie 2 pins for one curtain ring.
    Emily
    Hello,
    Thanks so much for your site- it has proven so useful for me as I make curtains for my sliding patio door.
    I'd like to do a "euro pleat" or "French pleat" where the pleat is pinched/sewn together at the top instead of underneath the bottom of the buckram.
    To do this, would you machine or hand stitch? Would you do it from the very top of the curtain, or move down 1cm (or other measurement)
    Thanks in advance for any response!
    Sew Helpful
    To be honest we have never made that pleat before so have no practical experience on this one. We would probably hand sew and make a few test pleats up before decided on which way to do it.

    If anyone else out there has made these pleats it would be good to hear your experiences and which way you think is best. If you email us a photo we can embed it in your comments on this page.

    We would love to see a photo of your finished curtain.

    help@sew-helpful.com
    Gillian
    Great tutorial. Thank you! Are you planning a tutorial for interlined curtains?
    Sew Helpful
    We are making it now, should be online end of june. (double pleat, triple pleat, cartridge pleat and goblet pleat interlined curtains)
    Gilly
    Thank you so much for this tutorial, everything was so clearly explained and worth every penny.

    I have just finished my pinch pleat curtains and I'm so pleased with them.

    The problem is that I have used a fabric that is so thick and heavy I can barely lift a single curtain, each one must weigh about 15 kilos!! It is the thickest, heaviest fabric I have ever seen.

    The lady I purchased the fabric from said that pin hooks often tear through the buckram and lining on heavy curtains.

    I did a test on some spare buckram with lining attached and sure enough, the pin hooks tore right through.

    How do you recommend hanging very heavy drapes? Would you use sew on hooks rather than pin hooks?

    Thank you again, great tutorial!
    Sew Helpful
    We double pin hook on heavy curtains (2 pins for each curtain ring eyelet) and have not had a problem. It sounds like your buckram isn't that strong. As for sew on hooks we can't really advise, the only times we have used them was for making curtains for the national trust and they weren't heavy, the hooks were sewn onto the lining not into the buckram (which is very hard to sew into) . We don't use sew on hooks in the workroom due to the amount of labour required.
    Gilly
    Thanks so much. I did that - two hooks per pleat, one on each side through the buckram, but I also reinforced them by stitching upholstery thread through the buckram, between the pleats and under each hook. If they can tear through upholstery thread, that will be something! So far, the curtains are still hanging!! Thanks again for this WONDERFUL tutorial and the advice. The curtains look beautiful and it's all down to you! Well... plus a little sewing from me!! Merry Christmas!

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