Your site is very helpful in many aspects but my problem has become physical. I have made many sets of curtains for my son and daughter in law for their Georgian windows and all the curtains have been interlined so consequently done by hand but I am now suffering with back and neck problems. Do you think it possible for me to make interlined curtains on the sewing machine. In other words bagging them with the lining and so avoiding lots of hand stitching apart from the locking stitch fixing the interling to the curtain. I am running out of energy.
Curtain making is certainly back breaking, especially with heavy interlined curtains. To be honest I have never made interlined curtains by bagging them and wouldn’t do so as it is now how a professionally made curtain would be made. Of course, there is no reason at all why you could not try to do this but I would not recommend it. Maybe it’s time to give the job to a curtain maker and have a rest.
kind regards Cindy
Hi there, I have been asked to make some cottage top curtains and can't fund any useful instructions on you tube or elsewhere. Do you know of any? I'm planning on making using 1" curtain tape. Thank you!
We haven't made that tutorial yet
Could I adapt the instructions to leave out the buckram? I would like to make very soft double pleats, as in an informal country style.
Yes you could do that. A ruffle header is a good option as well (we will have to add that to the tutorials!)
I would appreciate some advice as I have double width fabric and I want to add interlining. I am concerned about locking the interliing to the fabric (without being able to attach it to the fabric join seams) and whether this will show the lock stitches on the right side of the fabric. What would you advice be please?
We lock stitch in between the widths any way not just to the join seams.
Hi, I want to do the tutorial for interlined curtains but with pencil pleat heading. Can I use any of the tutorials but just change the heading? Also, are the linings and fabric attached by machine or hand stitched -similar to the roman blind tutorial? I ask because I will have a problem with the weight and bulk of the fabric, interlining and blackout lining going through the machine as I am only 5.1 tall and a lightweight.. One curtain will be 5 x 137cm wide. I have to make 4 the same. Cheers
Follow the interlined instructions. You only need 5cm heading allowance for pencil pleat. Trim the interlining to the finished length of the curtain at the top, fold over the 5cm of lining and fabric, then stitch on your pencil pleat heading tape.
A lighter weight interlining may help with the bulk.
My pole is going to be 380cm long covering a set of French doors and a sill length window that has a wall space between of 14cm. I am thinking about a pair of double pleat curtains made of 3 widths per curtain. Have you done curtains this wide before or would you do 2 pairs, although I'm not sure if I could fit 2 poles side by side? Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks.
Hi Lynn. This is a tricky one as it really comes down to personal choice and if you are confident enough/ have enough space to make a really large curtain.
I have made some very large curtains but I have a work table big enough to do so. For ease, I would go for 2 pairs and I actually think that would look good. To make a pair of curtains to cover the whole window will be quite tricky. It really depends on what you would prefer and if you are up for the challenge.
Good luck and send us a photo once they are made - we'd love to see what you went for.
When should I consider using interlining? I have been asked to make some curtain for a friend and it is fairly hefty fabric. Should I use interlining?
It’s a design decision, you are going to have to decide in agreement
with the customer how thick they want them to be. There are different
thicknesses of interlining. See our blog for an article on interling