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Lined Curtains: Interlined Curtain, Loose-Lined Curtain & Adaptable Curtain

Interlined Curtains

An Interlining between a curtain fabric and lining provides efficient insulation and gives bulk and durability to a curtain.

For an interlined curtain, you will need curtain and lining fabrics, interlining, heading tape with hooks, and the basic sewing kit.

Measure and cut out the curtain, if necessary joining panels of fabric with plain flat seams.

1. Cutting Out Fold up the fabric hem by 1.5 cm, then by 7.5 cm to the wrong side, and press. Fold in the other edges by 4 cm and press. Open out the turnings. Lay the interlining on the fabric and trim it to fit within hem folds. Cut lining to the same size as the interlining.

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2. Attaching Interlining To join sections of interlining, simply overlap the edges of the pieces, and pin, tack, and sew through both. Attach the interlining to the curtain fabric with parallel vertical rows of lockstitching, as for locked-in linings.

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3. Sewing Hems Fold hems over interlining and mitre the corners. Use herringbone stitch to hem the sides, and slipstitch the bottom hem to the interlining. Stop short of the corners if you are using curtain weights.

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4. Adding Weights Sew curtain weights onto the inside of the corners of the bottom hem allowance and finish slip stitching the hem. Hem the bottom of the lining fabric by turning it up twice by 1.5 cm and machine stitching it.

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5. Attaching Lining Fold under the side edges of the lining by 1.5 cm and press. Slipstitch the folded side edges to the curtain. Fold the fabric over the lining at the top edge and attach the heading tape.

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Loose-Lined Curtain

Loose-lining is an easy way of adding a detachable layer to a curtain. To make up this curtain, you will need fabric and heading tape, lining fabric and lining heading tape, hooks for both tapes, and the basic sewing kit.

Make up curtain, and cut lining to the size of the finished, ungathered curtain.

Turn under the sides by 1.5 cm twice and machine-sew them.

1. Positioning Tape Lining heading tape is folded double lengthways. Slip the raw top edge of the lining into the fold in the heading tape. Check that the tape is the right way around, and that the raw edge is against the inside of the fold in the tape. Pin it in position.

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2. Fixing Tape When the lining is enclosed within the tape, tack along the top and bottom edges. Sew along the tacking lines, working in the same direction each time to prevent puckering. Remove the tacking stitches and gather the lining.

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3. Hemming Lining Hook the lining to the curtain tape. Lay both layers flat, and trim the lining length so that a double hem of 1.5 cm will make it 3 - 4 cm shorter than the curtain. Hem and attach the lining, and hang and dress the curtain.

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Adaptable Curtain

Versatile curtains, ideal for seasonal use, can be made by layering fabrics. You will need curtain and sheer fabrics, fabric for binding edges and for ties, heading tapes, and the basic sewing kit.

Measure up for the curtains, and cut out fabric one-and-a-half times the width of the finished curtain, by the length, plus 3 cm for the heading.

Allowances are not necessary for the other edges, because they will be bound. Make joins with french seams.

Cut out the sheer fabric to the same fullness, adding 6 cm to the width and 13 cm to the length for turnings.

1. Sewing Tape Fold, tack, and sew 1.5 cm double hems on the sides and bottom of the sheer fabric. Fold a double hem 5 cm deep at the heading edge, and press. Pin, tack and sew a pleated sheer heading tape just below the top fold, and gather up the sheer curtain.

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2. Sewing Ties Count how many ties you need, spacing them about 10 cm apart, with one at the very edge of each end. Mark the positions. Make ties long enough to hold the curtain at the right height when folded in half. Fold each tie double the slipstitch fold to tape.

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3. Sewing Binding Make a bias strip 4 - 6 cm wide to go all around the heavier fabric, adding 10 cm for joining ends. Fold 1 cm of each long edge of the binding to the wrong side, and press. Bind the edges of the fabric. Join the ends of the binding on the bottom edge, where they will be least visible.

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4. Attaching Tape Measure and mark a line 3 cm from the top of the main curtain fabric. Pin, tack, and sew a simple heading tape along this line, and gather it up. Estimate the positions for the ties, as for the sheer curtain, ensuring that they will alternate with the sheer ties. Fold the ties in half, and slipstitch them to the tape's top edge.

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5. Hanging Curtain Attach the ties of the sheer curtain and the main curtain to alternate curtain rings. Remove the main fabric and the rings to which it is tied during the summer months when an insulating layer is not required. This leaves the sheer curtain in place to ensure privacy.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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