How to Make Lined Drapes - dummies

By Mark Montano, Carly Sommerstein

Depending on where you live and how many seasonal changes your home endures, you may want to give your windows a little extra insulation. An extra-thick curtain or a curtain lined with cotton duck can shield your home against cold or wet weather and protect you and your furniture from excessive sun and heat.

The fabric’s drapery side folds over the lining side, so you need more drapery fabric than lining fabric.

To figure out how much drape fabric you need, measure your window and then add width and length to allow for the folding you’ll need to do: For a window measuring 30 x 60 inches, the drapery-side fabric folds over the lining side, so you’re going to need to make your drapery-side fabric 5 inches wider than your panel and 7 inches longer.

Your lining-side fabric needs to be 4 inches slimmer than your desired finished panel width and 6 inches shorter. The formula to use is 1-1/2 times the width measurement, and the length is the actual measurement of window, from trim to trim. If your panel is 45 inches wide and 60 inches long, for example, your lining-side fabric needs to be 41 inches wide and 54 inches long.

Be sure to allow for a 1/2-inch seam allowance in your measurements so that you’ll have enough fabric to create a clean edge.

  1. Lay out your drapery fabric on your cutting table or workspace and center your lining fabric, face to face, on top of your drapery fabric.

    You have extra drapery fabric — 6-1/2 inches on the top and bottom and 4-1/2 inches on the right and left sides. (The 1/2 inches take into account the seam allowance.)

  2. Fold the drapery fabric over the lining, press the fabric seam allowance in, and sew the two side seams.


    Be sure to leave an 8-inch opening on one side so you can pull the draperies right side out later.

  3. Pin the bottom-center edge of the drapery-side fabric to the bottom-center edge of the lining-side fabric.

  4. Sew the bottom seam, starting in the center, sewing out left and right toward the side seams.

    Do the same for the top.

  5. Trim the four flaps that have been created in the corners of the drapery, so that you have a small amount of fabric left.


  6. Pull your entire drapery right side out through the 8-inch hole on the side.

  7. Tuck in the excess corner fabric into each corner and press flat with an iron.

  8. Hand tack your 8-inch hole and four corners.


  9. Press your entire drapery flat with an iron.

  10. Attach the rings.

    Clip on your rings, or if you’re using rings with eyes, sew them on. Using a matching heavy-duty thread, hand sew a ring every 5 inches, starting at the edge.