Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sewing Lined Curtains

A while back I posted about sewing lined curtains.

I gave myself a goal of finishing the curtains for my patio door before Thanksgiving.  So last night I cleared the table and my schedule, and got to work. 

As promised, a lined curtain tutorial.

Step 1

To get the measurements for your fabric, measure the width of your window and divide by 2.  You will be making two panels.  Make sure that the fabric you pick will be wide enough to cover the windows, provide 4 inches in seams and bunch how you want it.  I would have liked my patio curtains to bunch a little more, but I had to work with whatever width the fabric is.

For the height, measure the window and add at least 10 inches for seams and the rod pocket.  I like to add a couple inches extra... just in case.  If you want your curtain to hang lower, add that to the measurement.

Always double check your measurements and write it down!  If you are not familiar with buying fabric, I like to use whole yards and inches.  When I purchased the fabric, they cut it WRONG and I had to go back for more.

Step 2


Double check the measurements of your fabric and iron.  Keep your ironed plugged in.  This project is more pinning and ironing than actual sewing.

Step 3

Determine which side is going to be your top.  Here we are going to pin a 7/8th inch fold.  Iron once you have it pinned.

If your edge isn't even, use a mat to line up your sides to make it easier to create the fold. 

Step 4

(Still working with top side)  Remove the pins and now make a 1 inch fold.  Pin and iron.

Here's how my top seam looks finished.

Repeat steps 3 & 4 for the bottom and both sides of your fabric.




Step 5

Working back at the top, it's finally time to break out the machine.  Sew the top seam.  No fancy stitches needed, just a simple straight stitch.

Step 6

Iron your lining.  I used flat sheets from Walmart.  They work really well for a lining and were cheaper than buying fabric off a bolt.  I was lazy, and didn't remove any of the existing seams.

Step 7


Lay out your curtain on a table or clean floor.  Starting at a bottom corner, line up the lining under the folds, smoothing as you work. Pin well so nothing shifts.  If your sheet is too wide, cut off excess as you go.

You will have the rod pocket about 6 inches from the top.  Measure your lining about 4 inches from the top. You may want to go ahead and pin your rod pocket so you know where to cut the lining (see step 9).

Step 8

Once the lining lays to your satisfaction, you are ready to sew the sides.  Use a straight stitch.  Be sure that your lining gets sewn into the seam.

Step 9

Your bottom and sides are sewn.  The lining along the top should be laying loose about 4 inches from the top seam.  Now we are going to make the pocket for the curtain rod.  

Create a 6 inch fold along the top and pin.  When you pin, the lining will be pinned into the pocket as well.

Note that in this panel, I pinned my pocket so I would know where to cut my lining.

Step 10


I like to hold off on sewing the top pocket until both panels are to this point.  That way I can make sure they are the same length.  If one is off, then you can adjust your pocket.

When they are ready to sew, use a straight stitch.  You can see in the picture this seam.  Note how the lining is sewn into the pocket.

Here's the pocket for the rod.

Step 11


If you want to add a little extra detail at the top (I call it a frill), sew a straight stitch about a half inch from the edge.

You can kind of see the seam creating the "frill".

There you have it!  Beautiful, lined curtains.  While they may be somewhat time consuming with all the pinning and ironing, they are pretty simple.  If you have questions please don't hesitate to ask.


  1. I'm in a mood to sew...but my machine is on the fritz. It' always something around here! I am wanting to make lined curtains for our living room. The windows are so drafty.
    These will block a good amount of air. If they were on the south side of the house...I'd have to open them up for sunshine. But since these windows aren't...lined drapes would be wonderful.

    keeping this tutorial in mind and pinning it!
    Thanks, Pat

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I'll be using this for our very large, north facing, picture window in our living room. It is so drafty in winter.

  3. Sewing lined curtains are shown on the post here. Good information

  4. Thank you so much for sharing!


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