I cannot tell you how blown away I was with how easy it actually was to make these drapes for my boys room. Let me tell you up front, I am no professional here! I actually just began my sewing journey several months ago. After tackling several projects, I felt pretty confident making these. I spent hours reading my sewing books and looking at pictures of different styles, but knew I wanted to use ring clips to hang my curtains. And black out lining was a necessity for me.
This is an easy, 15 step tutorial for how I made my lined panel drapes. If you are a professional sewer, you may have a “correct” way that is different from “my” way, as I’m sure you do. But this way worked perfect for me, and I love how they turned out.
If you do not want to use a lining for your drapes, you don’t have to. My room gets a lot of direct sunlight, however yours may not. You can still use this tutorial, just omit the steps for the lining.
Let’s get started:
Measure & Cut Fabric. You want to measure how long your panels need to be. (Because I used rings with clips, I measured from the bottom of the clip to right above the floor.) Then add 10 inches to that number : 8″ for the bottom hem and 2″ for the top hem. (My measurement was 86.5″ + 10″ = 96.5″ for final cut) After you have your correct length, cut your fabric to that length.
Double Fold Bottom Hem. Once your fabric has been cut to length, turn it over to the wrong side. Then you will turn down 4″, and iron this seem across.
Then turn down another 4″ and iron again. This will give you a pressed seem for your hem. After you have pressed the double fold, pin it in place.
Stitch The Double Fold Hem. You want to sew this close to the edge of the pinned fabric, about 1/8″. It may seem like a pretty wide hem, but proportionately, this will give a nice look at the bottom of the curtain from the front when it’s hanging. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Measure & Cut Lining (Length & Width). To measure the lining, take the length of the curtain panels and add 2.5″. (For mine, 86.5″ + 2.5″ = 89″) Cut your lining to this length. The width of your lining should be 6″ less then the width of your fabric. Measure the width and cut.
Double Fold Bottom Hem For Lining. Turn up 2″ from the bottom, and press. Turn up another 2″ and press. Pin in place.
Stitch Bottom Hem. Again, you will want to stitch close to the edge of your pinned fabric, about 1/8″. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Placement of the Lining Onto Fabric. Alright, now it’s time for pinning the two pieces together. Let’s start with the bottom. First, lay your fabric right side up. Then lay your lining on top of your fabric, right side down. So – we want right sides together here. (This is important to remember, because after everything is all sewed up, you are going to turn them inside out.)
Lay the bottom edge of your lining out 1.5″ from the bottom edge of your fabric. Line up the sides and pin.
Continue lining the side and pin all the way to the top of the panel. You should have 2″ more of fabric at the top then you will lining. This is good. We want this.
Now you need to pin the other side of the panel. Remember, the lining is narrower then the fabric, so you will have to pull and maneuver it into place.
Attach Lining to Fabric. Using a straight stitch, sew the lining to the fabric. This is easy. You will just have lots of fabric to handle here. But you can do it. Don’t forget, back stitch and back stitch again.
Turn Fabric and Iron. Oh my goodness, we are almost done. Can you believe it? After you have sewed the sides together, pull through the bottom and turn the curtain inside out, which will actually be the right side. Pull the sides until you have an equal amount of fabric on both sides. Again, this will take some pulling and maneuvering, but it’s really pretty easy. Iron the sides as you pull it into place.
Miter Bottom Corners. When I read I was going to have to miter the corners, I was pretty nervous. But again, it was so easy. Just fold the corner underneath, iron, and use a needle to blind stitch the fabric in place. Crazy easy!
The bottom of the panel is now all done.
Double Fold Hem Top. Remember the 2″ of extra fabric hanging around at the top? Let’s get rid of that now. Turn down 1″ and press. Turn down another 1″ and press. Pin this in place. (Does this sound familiar? Same process we used for the bottom hem.)
Stitch the Top Double Fold Hem. Sew the hem close to the edge of your pinned fabric. Again, about 1/8″. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end.
You have just made a lined curtain panel. So incredibly easy, right? Now all you have to do is hang them from your ring clips, and enjoy!