Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Thread
  • - Heading Tape
  • - Weights
  • - Curtain Hooks
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Clamps
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • - Tape Measure
  • 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 7: Join Fabric Panel to Lining
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Instructions

    JOIN FABRIC TO LINING & MITRE CORNERS

    • Lay the face fabric out wrong side up.
    • Clamp to the table along the bottom or use weights to hold the curtain in place.
    • Lay the lining panel on top (wrong side down).
    • Position the lining, so the bottom of the lining is 2cm up from the bottom of the fabric.
    • Pin in place just above hems.
    • Trim the lining so it sits 5cm in from each side of the fabric (sometimes you may need to trim the fabric).
    • Fold the fabric side edges in 5cm and pin. (the fabric panel will now be aligned on the edges with the lining panel)
    • Fold the lining in (turning under) 2cm on each side. Tip
    • Neaten the ends of the fabric hem by folding them up and under to form a mock mitre on the fabric corner.
    • Ladder stitch along the mock mitre.
    • Slip stitch the lining to the face fabric down each side and 10cm along the bottom of the lining at each corner.
    This video shows you
    • How to trim down your lining/fabric
    • How to fold in your side turns
    • How to make a tidy mock mitre
    • How to ladder stitch a mock mitre

    Make sure you leave the pins in just above the hem so when you work on the heading in the next step the lining doesn't shift up.

    This video shows you
    • How to slip stitch in detail
    • Where and how to start/finish your stitches
    • How to trim down your lining/fabric

    Extra Help & Comments

    Sew Helpful
    Post your questions and comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer.
    Nikki
    Hi, When is this video going to be ready? I am in the process of making curtains for the first time and need your amazing videos to help!
    Sew Helpful
    If everything goes to plan all the videos for this tutorial will be online in 3 weeks. We will try and make it sooner if we can.
    El
    If the fabric panel is aligned on the edges with the lining panel(step 7) then surely when the lining is turned under 2cm it will not meet the fabric turn in. I would be grateful if you could clarify steps 6 to 8. Many thanks.
    Sew Helpful
    Ultimately you are looking to finish with the fabric turned in 5cm at each side. The lining turned in 2cm at each side and the lining attached to the back of the curtain sitting in 2cm from each edge of the curtain.

    There are many ways to achieve this but if you look at the instructions.

    1. lay the fabric face down
    2. lay lining on top, trim so it is 5cm in on each side. (align seams)
    3. Fold the fabric in on each side 5cm and pin. (now the lining will be the same width as the fabric)
    4. Now fold the lining in (under) 2cm on each side. (now the lining will sit in 2cm from each edge of the curtain) See the diagrams above.
    I hope that makes it a bit clearer. If not please use the reply button.
    Ruth
    Sorry, this still isn't making sense to me -

    Lining is 5cm narrower on each side than the curtain fabric, fold the curtain in 5cm so it aligns with the lining. (two raw edges meet)

    Then fold the lining under 2cm.

    In my head this then creates a nice turned in lining to slip stitch, a gap of 2cm then the raw edge of the curtain folded in 5cm. Lining and curtain no longer meat up and cover each other.

    Is it meant to be that the fabric is turned in along the line of the lining, covering the lining by the 5cm, then bring the lining out on top and fold over by 2 and slipstitch together, leaving 3cm of curtain on the outer edge of the lining?
    Sew Helpful
    You say the Lining and curtain no longer meet up and cover each other??

    But they do, the fabric is folded over 5cm at each side so there is 5cm of turned fabric on each side of the back of the fabric for the lining to stitch onto. The lining is cut to the width of the folded fabric then folded under 2cm on each side making the lining panel 4cm narrower than the fabric panel. This means the lining sits on the back of the fabric panel, on the 5cm turns and is stiched onto them 2cm in from each side. The back of the curtain has a 2cm border of fabric down each side before the lining starts. 
    Katherine
    Hi,

    I am about to start making my first pair of curtains and have found your tutorial very useful.

    On this step if you are folding the side of the fabric by 5cm and then another 2cm on both edges then you are losing a bit of width from the curtains, does this have to be taken into account when calculating the number of widths? My pole length is the same as the fabric width so I am not sure if the curtains wont be wide enough.

    Thanks
    Katherine
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Katherine

    You only fold the face fabric by 5cm, the 2cm fold is for the lining.

    On a pencil pleat curtain we recommend a fullness ratio of 2.0 to 2.5 (see step 3). if your pole length is the same as the width of your fabric and you are making a PAIR of curtains I assume you are working on a fullness ratio of 2 and one width per curtain. The side turns of 5cm on each side should be ok. We personally prefer fuller curtains and would go for 1.5 widths per curtain. But fabric costs money and your curtains should still look ok with one width. 
    Alison
    When you fold in and pin, do you then press the fold before sewing? Also, is there any problem with me positioning the lining 5cm in from the fabric edge on one side and then triming only the other side? It wil mean one edge has salvage on the lining and not the other and Im not sure if that could cause any issues?

    Thanks
    Sew Helpful
    When you fold the fabric in you do not press, just smooth it flat and finger press then pin. 

    Leaving the salvage on the lining  will be fine in this case.

    Sew-Helpful
    Lauren
    Hi! I need help with multiple drops and lining. I need to make multiple widths of the material to fit my window. Do I follow the steps for lining each panel and then join each panel together? It seems like I would have a really thick seam joining the two panels. I just need to know what to do to make lined panels and join them together!
    Thanks for all your help.
    Sew Helpful
    Read back to Step 5 and Step 6,

    You make the Lining panel to the required size joining lining widths if it is more than one width wide. 

    You make the Fabric panel to the required size joining fabric widths if it is more than one width wide.  

    Then you join your fabric and lining panels together in Step 7. You do not line individual panels and then join them together.
    Doreen
    Is there a reason why you hand slip stitch the sides rather than machine sew them from inside out?
    Sew Helpful
    There are always different ways of doing things. The methods we use are based on our experience of how to avoid errors and get the best finish.
    Jeri
    The seams on my fabric and the lining do not line up on my draperies. When cutting for the lining, (First time making drapes!), I cut from each side of the larger piece before sewing the half piece. What should I do? Do I line up my seam? It will make the lining much narrower. Should I leave it? Start over with the lining?
    Sew Helpful
    As I understand it you trimmed the width of the lining before joining lining panels making the lining so narrow that you would have to trim away too much fabric if you align the seams, but have enough lining width if you do not align the seams.

    You have 2 choices
    1. Make new lining panels 
    2. Do not line up the seams this time and put it down to experience. 
    Aligning the seams just creates a more professional finish. If they are not aligned it will not affect how your drape (curtain) hangs. It will only be noticeable if you can see the seams through the fabric when sunlight shines through the drape (curtain), that will depend on how thick your fabric and lining is. 
    Julie
    Is it possible turn the lining under rather than trimming it so that it is 5cm narrower than the fabric?
    Sew Helpful
    If you read on you will see you do neatly turn the lining under later. If you do not trim the lining to the correct width you will have an excess of lining turned under.
    Julie
    You say that all the tutorial videos will be online in 3 weeks. What date is that likely to be? I am nearly at the point of joining lining to fabric on my first pair of curtains and would appreciate guidance from your brilliant detailed instructions.
    Sew Helpful
    The videos have been online for months. There are 7 free you tube videos on this tutorial up to the end of step 6 followed by another 6 Extra videos on the website that take you through step 7 onwards which are pay to view. 
    Glenys Hart
    If I subscribe to the videos are they available immediately taking me to lining attachment and completion of curtains. thank you Glenys
    Sew Helpful
    If you subscribe to the videos after payment the videos will usually automatically start to work when you are directed back to our website. If the security settings on your browser have blocked this you are also sent an email with a passcode to can enter on the video screen at the bottom, your browser will then remember you have paid.

    The email passcode is sent immeadiately after payment. SOMETIMES IT GOES TO PEOPLE'S EMAIL JUNK FOLDER on their email account, particularly if they have a hotmail email. So if you have purchased and don't have the email lo0k there or contact us on our contact us page.
    Naomi
    Hi, I only have quite a small table to work on, so I can't clamp the full width of the curtain in one go... Should I join it in sections in this situation? Thanks!
    Sew Helpful
    Joining the fabric to the lining, if your table is small lay it out on the floor and pin it in place, then bring it back to the table to sew.
    Gill Griffith
    My lining is is 10 ms wider than the curtain. Is it alright to turn in 5cms on each side?
    Sew Helpful
    If you do that you will have excess lining folded inside the curtain (you can do that if you want). We would always trim the fabric and lining to the correct widths as per the instructions.
    Camilla
    Hello, Thank you for all the time you take to answer these questions. I am making a pair of lined curtains, where each curtain is 2.5 widths wide (335cms). Do you recommend I do long slip stitches at intervals down the length of the curtain to attach the lining to the top fabric? With a curtain this wide, will the lining billow out from the top fabric if I don't?
    Many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    On a lined curtain we only slip stitch the lining to the fabric down each side as per the tutorial, never across the width of the curtain. We have never had a problem with the lining billowing out (make sure you dress and form the shape of the curtains properly after making)

    You may be thinking of a locking in stitch , which we only do on an interlined curtain.

    Some people chain stitch the bottom of the lining to the fabric hem. this is not something we do as we have never had a need for it.








    Nicky
    Please could you advise me, I have purchased combined lining and interlining, do you think it would be better if I slipstitch this to the curtain material or could I just sew down the sides ? Many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We don't use combined lining-interlining on a curtain. We make interlined curtains with separate interlining and lining which is a different construction. As we don't make our curtains this way we are not sure which is the better way for you to stitch it.
    Nicky
    Thank you for the reply I regret buying combined lining and interlining but will make them as lined curtains and see how it goes
    doxy
    Hi again. I've joined the interling to my main fabric every half width but how do I deal with the edges? Do attach to the fabric with slip stitch right on the edge or do I fold over the 5cms turning and slip stitch to that. If so do I sew through into the main fabric below. Your advice is always so appreciated.
    Meanwhile I'll get on with sewing in the weights as per your video. Thank you again
    Sew Helpful
    Hi Doxy

    This tutorial is for a lined curtain not interlined, The interlined one is being made, can you just let us know which name you purchsed the videos under and I'll email you some details on what to do.
    Amanda
    I am a little confused about what is happening at the bottom of the curtain. I have placed the lining 2 cm from the bottom. The lining at this stage is not hemmed. Do I have to trim the lining a further 3 cm (to get 5cm from all edges) or is this just for the sides of the curtain. If it is, how do I deal with the bottom edge of the curtain?
    Thanks!
    Sew Helpful
    You should have hemmed the lining and fabric in STEP 5 and STEP 6. You may have to trim the width of your lining or fabric to get it correct when joining in this STEP.
    Amanda
    Thanks for the quick response!
    Amanda
    Sorry! Just saw the instructions for hemming the lining in step 5. Really enjoying working through your instructions. Thanks,
    A
    Lynn
    I am using printed cotton fabric purchased in Africa. I was going to line the curtains with cotton. Should I ever need to wash them there is the danger that the fabrics will not shrink evenly (I don't want to prewash the fabric). Can I cut the lining on the cross? Would that prevent the possible problem?
    Lynn
    I am using printed cotton fabric purchased in Africa. I was going to line the curtains with cotton. Should I ever need to wash them there is the danger that the fabrics will not shrink evenly (I don't want to prewash the fabric). Can I cut the lining on the cross? Would that prevent the possible problem?
    Sew Helpful
    We do not wash or dry clean curtains as we find they never come up the same afterwards. You are right to worry about shrinkage. Changing the direction of the lining will make no difference. The only way to do it is pre wash your lining and fabric before making. This may well fade your fabric and change it's look and feel and will not guarantee you are not going to have shrinkage problems if you wash the curtains when made up.
    Tania Kaplan
    The tutorials are excellent but I have one problem - how do I switch the videos off when I don't want them? They seem to start on their own sometimes and two may play at the same time. The pause only works briefly and there is no 'stop' that I can find?
    Sew Helpful
    What are you viewing on, the video format on the free videos is a standard YouTube video player and the pause button works on everything we have tested.
    Sheridan
    Hi there,

    Am making curtains with interlining as per your videos and help from a friend. They are 262cm long by 139 width with a 1.5 ratio. Do I anchor stitch every half width or every quarter? what do you think?

    Many thanks

    Sheridan
    Sew Helpful
    1.5 ratio doesn't sound enough for a pencil pleat to us. We haven't covered interlined curtains yet but we lock the interlining to the face fabric in evey half width and the lining to the interlining every half width on our interlined curtains.
    Mathilda
    Surely the lining should have been made 10cm narrower than the fabric? Did I miss a calculation somewhere? I have fabric and lining the same width so have to trim 10cm off the lining in order to have the 5cm excess along the sides of the curtains. This then leaves me with a loose unsecured end on the stitching at the hem of my lining.
    Sew Helpful
    The lining should be made 10cm narrower than the fabric panel and you do that NOW not before. The reason for this that you have made up a fabric panel and a lining panel from widths of fabric and widths of lining. Those widths are most likely different (fabric can easily vary from 137 to 147cm wide).  It is now when you line them up, you will see which is wider  and now trim them so the fabric is 10cm wider than the lining. Note you may have to trim the lining you may have to trim the fabric.

    "This then leaves me with a loose unsecured end on the stitching at the hem of my lining." - Watch the videos and see how we do it.
    diana
    Please can you tell what are those clamps holding the fabric to the table called and where can I buy them
    Kind Regards
    Sew Helpful
    Google spring clamps and you are sure to find them. There are lots for sale on ebay.
    Victoria
    My main fabric is fraying at the sides. Should I overlock it before turning it in? Many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We don't tend to as the edges will not be seen. If it is fraying particularly badly though it wont hurt if you overlock it.
    Alex
    Your videos are so good, thank you.
    1) I have looked at some lined pencil pleat curtains I made a few years ago, just by instinct and not with your help, and notice that the sides of both panels are curving into the room instead of towards the walls/windows. Any suggestions as to how to avoid that? I have tried to train them to fold nicely but no luck. (I had used the bag method I see, so perhaps that is one reason for the curl into the room.)
    2) Another query I have is whether it is okay to leave the lining flat and to turn in the face fabric down the sides, instead of as you recommend which is to turn in the sides of the face fabric 5cm and then turn in the lining material on top of it. I ask because my lining material is a bit bouncy and the face fabric would lie flatter if that were to be turned over for the side hems. Thank you for your advice!
    Sew Helpful
    1) We bind the curtains to hold and form their shape after hanging. As you made your curtains a different way we are not sure why your curtains are curling inwards.

    2) Many people ask is it okay to do this or that, there are no rules, we just show you the way we make them in the workroom, which we have found to be the best way from experience. We would select a more suitable lining and make them the usual way.
    Rog
    What's the effect on the end result of the curtains having an excess of lining turned in (more than your recommended amount) rather than trimming it off?
    Sew Helpful
    Why don't you just trim it and make the curtain properly?

     If you don't trim it down it depends how much excess you leave inside the curtain. You will be leaving excess fabric in the side hem of the fabric creating extra bulk, with light shining through the curtain you may see an untidy edge and section of the lining turned back inside the curtain.
    Emma
    Hi,
    I wanted your expert advice please.
    I'm making a pair of curtains, machine stitch, using a heavy velour fabric & blackout lining (which I think is the 1st mistake!), but when I'm seeing them together it's like they are repelling against each other. It's a nightmare!
    Have you come across this before?
    Many Thanks,
    Emma
    Sew Helpful
    You need a walking foot on your machine, that pushes both layers through together. Pin horizontally as well and keep tension in both layers as they go through the machine.
    Emma
    Fab. Thank you for your advice.
    Erica
    I have got to the stage of pinning my lining to the curtain fabric and folding in at the sides. For some reason my lining is several centimetres longer at the top of the curtain than the patterned fabric. Have I measured wrong or is it supposed to be longer? Do I just cut the excess off in line with the top of the patterned fabric?
    Sew Helpful
    There are trimming allowances so the fabric and lining dont necesarrily line up and with a patterned fabric it can often be quite a bit longer than the lining as it is an adjusted cut drop.

    The trimming of the top is dealt with in the next stage STEP 8 prepare the top of the curtain, and we show how to do it in the video. 

    To check if you have made a mistake, watch the first video in STEP 8 and then see if your curtain panel is long enough with enough excess at the top. 
    Jane
    I too am finding your website and tutorials very helpful.
    I have huge selvages on my face fabric 9.5cm on 1 side and 11cm on the other should I trim these down to 5cm pre pining the lining in place?
    Sew Helpful
    We are not quite sure if you are saying the lining is narrower than the face fabric or you have a strange fabric with very wide selvedges. If it is a fabric with wide selvedges we would trim them down to approx 5cm as you suggest.

    If we were joining the fabric we would join first then trim down
    Lucy
    Hi, my lining and fabrics were different widths so i the seams won't line up to match up - should i match it up from the edge then?
    Thanks for your videos!
    Sew Helpful
    Matching seams is a nice to do and not always possible to do for this reason so dont worry.
    Sam Ant
    Hi there
    This is my second time using your great tutorial but I’ve somehow gone very wrong this time. My lining is 10cm shorter than the face fabric on both sides, I think because the fabric width was 150cm and the lining137.cm. Is it possible to trim the fabric or should I make up new lining panels?
    Many thanks
    Sam
    Sew Helpful
    If you were to trim the fabric down and it still gave you a high enough fullness ratio , that's an option. Otherwise you will need to add more lining to your lining panel.
    Sam Ant
    Hi there
    This is my second time using your great tutorial but I’ve somehow gone very wrong this time. My lining is 10cm shorter than the face fabric on both sides, I think because the fabric width was 150cm and the lining137.cm. Is it possible to trim the fabric or should I make up new lining panels?
    Many thanks
    Sam
    Linda
    I am making one and a half widths of fabric curtains. So on my edges where the curtains will meet I have selvedges. I think your curtain instructions are advising retaining selvedges not trimming away. If that is correct do I include the selvedges as part of the 5cm turning or do I turn in 5 cm of pattern fabric plus the selvedge please?

    Many thanks
    Linda
    Sew Helpful
    The 5cm turn in includes the selvedge, but note the following

    1. If you have a woven fabric the selvedge may need snipping
    2. With a patterned fabric there needs to be at least 2cm of pattern folded over (so the lining sits onto the pattern and no part of the blank selvedge edge is visible when the lining is attached)
    Victoria
    Hi,thank you so much for your amazing tutorials, this is the second time I've used them to make curtains for friends. I've finished my curtains now, but when I was ironing them couldn't help notice that the lining had dropped a bit in the centre of the curtain - so there was less than 2cm between the bottom of the curtain and the hem of the lining. Do you know why that would be? Wondering where I went wrong for next time! Thanks in advance.
    Sew Helpful
    Did you pin the lining in place  to the fabric at the bottom when making (in the videos). 

    Have you shrunk the fabric when pressing?
    Victoria
    Hi,thank you so much for your amazing tutorials, this is the second time I've used them to make curtains for friends. I've finished my curtains now, but when I was ironing them couldn't help notice that the lining had dropped a bit in the centre of the curtain - so there was less than 2cm between the bottom of the curtain and the hem of the lining. Do you know why that would be? Wondering where I went wrong for next time! Thanks in advance.

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