Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers. She has over 15 years of experience, curtain making, blind making, working with fabrics and making soft furnishings. In the videos she clearly explains and demonstrates the methods and techniques used in her workroom .
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Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains

Learn how to make Pencil Pleat curtains the way they are made in a professional workroom.

This tutorial includes

  • Full Written Instructions
  • 16 Videos
  • Diagrams
  • Tips
  • Definitions
  • Example Calculations
  • Tools Required
  • Materials Required
  • Extra Help

We also cover how to deal with a patterned fabric as well as plain fabric when making the curtain. These instructions have been developed by Cindy Taylor an experienced curtain maker. There are tips included and with the benefit of her experience you will avoid common mistakes that can be made and get a professional finish.

You will not be using the "Bag Method" to make the curtains, which you will probably find in most online tutorials. You are taught the way a professional curtain maker would make your curtains. It's NO more difficult than the "Bag Method", but your curtains will have a better finish and will be weighted at the bottom so they hang well.

The other advantage of making them this way is that it lays the foundations for learning how to make more advanced interlined curtains and hand pleated curtains.

Tutorial Steps

Our tutorial is made up of the following steps.

Each step is described in detail with demonstration videos also available.


        VIDEO INSTRUCTOR - Cindy Taylor

Owner of Dolman & Taylor specialist curtain and blind makers.

Here is Cindy's must have and nice to have materials and tools lists to make a Pencil Pleat Lined Curtain. (Click on each item for more information)



  1.   Fabric
  2. - Lining
  3. - Thread
  4. - Heading Tape
  5. - Weights
  6. - Curtain Hooks



  1.   Sewing Machine
  2. - Tape Measure
  3. - Needles
  4. - Pins
  5. - Scissors
  6. - Set Square
  7. - Straight Edge
  8.   Pencil


  1. - Vanishing Marker
  2. - Clamps

"Finished a lovely pair of curtains in a few days with your superb tutorial. Thank you very much! Another roman blind next....." Caroline Soer

"I just wanted to thank you for a wonderfully clear, well-written tutorial. I have just hung my first ever set of home-made curtains, made according to your instructions,and I am thrilled with the way they hang and the professional finish........" Steph

"Fantastic instructions - thanks very much! I would recommend them to anyone. I have made curtains several times before but they have never looked as good as the ones I've just made following your instructions. I found the videos made things very clear"...... Susan


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What we charge for.

  1. There are VIDEOS embedded in the tutorial where Cindy takes you step by step through the method, gives tips and shows you the techniques she uses in the workroom. Prices & details>>

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Below every video that requires a video passcode you will find a yellow "Buy A Video Passcode" button that will take you to the payment options.

This is covered in STEP 3 of the tutorial in detail and there is also a curtain fabric quantity calculator HERE to check your calculations.