How to make curtains like a pro!

Once you decide to learn how to make curtains there are just a few essentials you need to know. (We'll be building out this page over the coming days with links to the subjects mentioned.) If you've never done any sewing before, I suggest you practice on some old fabric. That's the best way to learn!

Working with fabrics for curtains and drapes

The first thing you need to know is so simple you're probably surprised I've mentioned it at all! But it's important to become skilled in all aspects of drape making.

So how to cut plain fabric is covered, as well as a section on cutting patterned fabric. Yes, the actual cutting is easy (you know how to use scissors, right?) but there's a few terms you may not know, and a few hints and tips on getting things correct from the start.

The next part of how to make cutains involves being able to sew the fabrics together on a sewing machine. Which means learning about seams, in particular with reference to drapes. Although there are many ways to seam fabrics, you'll only need to know two of them to make great looking drapery!

Much of the work in making professional draperies is achieved by hand sewing. So you'll learn a few of the stitch types used. This is an important aspect of  making curtains and drapes, so I'd suggest you practice these until you can produce really neat stitches.

How to make curtains - the little details

Corner of curtain showing lininigCorner of curtain shown from back

Good drapery is dependant on many small factors. One of these is how the corners - especially on the bottom of the drapes - are finished. Not only do badly finished corners look unsightly, but they prevent the drapes from hanging at their best. There are just two ways to sew a corner using a miter, and it's easy to do.

It's a good idea to get everything ready when you come to making up your drapery. So get your linings and interlinings (if you're using interlining as well) ready.

Lined drapes are great for smaller windows, or where you don't want too much weight in the curtains. We'll show you the way to assemble and make them.

On the other hand, to get a full professional effect in larger windows, the best solution is to have your curtains lined and interlined. I suggest this method to clients whenever possible.

Using interlining as well as lining is not very much more work than just using lining. And the effect you'll get is much better, especially on the bottom hem.

There are many ways to make the drape headings. You can sew the styling tape by machine or make the pleats by hand. There'a a whole section about headings.

"Little things mean a lot", and there's a simple process you can do when you've completed your headings to make sure you get the best results from your drapes.

Tiebacks can give your drapes that final finish. They are useful for keeping drapes in position if they are likely to be moved by people walking past them, or by a breeze from an open window. Or just use them to get a pleasing curve from the drapes to enhance your window.

Install and hang your curtains and drapes

corded curtain trackThere are many varieties of telescopic corded curtain tracks available which are easy to install and give many years of service.

This is one of the most important parts of how to make curtains. It's no good working for hours and producing wonderful drapery if it doesn't hang properly.

The hardware you install is a key element in this. Fit the hardware correctly, and your drapery will benefit. You'll find more information about fitting the hardware in the Preparation section.

Hanging the drapes isn't difficult, but we'll haves some hints and tips which can make all the difference.

To summarise...

Wonderful drapery is achieved by getting lots of little details correct. Pay close attention to each stage on how to make curtains and drapes and you'll be able to get professional results.


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