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Lined Curtains: Locked-In Lining & Tube Lining

Lined Curtains

There are many advantages to lining a curtain. Firstly, the lining will give body to the main fabric so that the curtain hangs with pleasing fullness. Secondly, a curtain composed of layers will be much more lightproof than an unlined curtain.

Lastly, if the appropriate interlining material is inserted between the two fabrics, the curtain will process excellent insulating properties.

You can line a curtain using the simple tube method, which is best for small, light curtains, or by hand-sewing the lining to the main fabric- a technique known as locked-in lining. This technique is best suited to wide, deep curtains.

Locked-In Lining

You should use the locked-in lining technique to achieve the most professional finish, particularly when making wide and deep curtains from widths of fabric that need to be joined together.

Lock the lining in place with rows of lock stitches running at regular intervals down the length of the back of the main fabric. You will need curtain and lining fabrics, heading tape, hooks, and the basic sewing kit.

First cut out the panels for the curtain, making joins with plain flat seams if necessary. Next, cut out the panels for the lining 13 cm shorter than the length of the curtain fabric.

Allow 9 cm at the hem edge and 4 cm at the heading edge. Join the panels of lining fabric with plain flat seams, and turn 4 cm from each side edge of the completed lining section

1. Hemming Fabric Turn fabric sides under by 4 cm. Turn a 5 cm hem along the bottom edge and mitre corners. Press hem and add weights. Herringbone stitch hem. Turn sides and hem of lining under by 1.5 cm and press.


2. Marking Guidelines Using a set square or straight edge as a guide, along with a vanishing ink pen or tailors chalk, draw full-length, vertical lines on the wrong side of the curtain fabric at intervals of about 30 - 50 cm.


3. Pinning Lining Pin the lining material to the curtain fabric, wrong sides together, along each of the marked lines. Beginning 15 cm from the top of the curtain fabric, tack the lining in position along the first of the vertical lines.


4. Lockstitching Lining Fold back the lining and lockstitch along the first line of tacking, beginning 15 cm from the top. To lockstitch, sew loose stitches wide apart to avoid puckering. Stitch the lining in place down the lines. Remove the tacking stitches.


5. Finishing Off Pin, tack, and slipstitch the lining fabric to the curtain at the sides and hem. Remove the tacking stitches. Finish off by applying the chosen heading tape. Attach the appropriate hooks, then hang and dress the curtain.


Tube Lining

This is a quick and simple means of lining a curtain, in which the lining is attached to the main fabric, only by its side seams, to form a tube.

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Tube lining is best suited for small curtains and light fabrics. You will need curtain and lining fabrics, heading tape complete with hooks, and the basic sewing kit.

Cut out the curtain and lining as described in the pictures below.

1. Attaching Lining Place the lining on top of the curtain, right sides together. The top edge of the lining should lie 4 cm from the top of the curtain. Pin, tack and sew down one side with a plain flat seam, 1.5 cm from the edge. Leave 15 cm of the bottom of the lining unsewn to allow for turning up hems. Align the other side edge of the lining with the unsewn curtain edge. Pin, tack, and sew lining to curtain as before. Press both seams open.


2. Hemming Lining Continue to work with the curtain laid wrong sides out. Fold a double hem 1.5 cm deep along the bottom edge of the lining. Pin, tack, and sew the hem in place.


3. Turning Out Turn the curtain and lining right sides out. Lay the tube flat, lining the side up, and adjust it so that the side seams lie on the reverse of the curtain and the lining is centered. An equal amount of curtain fabric about 4 cm - should be visible at each edge. Pin to hold in place if necessary, and press. Turn up the curtain hem by 1.5 cm, and then by 7.5 cm, and press.


4. Mitring Corners Mitre the hem corners, adding curtain weights if required. Then pin and tack the mitres in position. Next, Pin and tack the hem in place. Attach the heading tape and hang the curtain. Check the length of the lining and the curtain fabric, and adjust if necessary.


5. Finishing Off Once the two fabrics have been correctly aligned, you can finish off the curtain by slip stitching the hem, the mitred corners, and the remainder of the lining in place. Remove any tacking stitches. Then press the curtain on both sides and rehang it.



Rather than using white or cream lining fabric, consider self-lining the curtain with the same material as the front. Here, for instance, the reverse of a brocaded fabric makes an ideal lining.


Contrasting Pattern

Fabrics with a pattern containing a range of colours harmonious with the curtain fabric or smilier to make an interesting lining. Suitably coloured stripes and checks are a possibility.


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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