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Thread: Need Help with making curtains

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    My DIL has dropped off some cotton fabric and some fleece lining for me to make her some curtains. I have never made curtains before but thought what the heck I will give it a try. My problem is the fleece is not fusible and therefore I am not sure how to make these lined? Do I sew them up like a pillowcase (sandwiched together with the fleece) and then turn them right side out and stitch down the sides? I tried to look for a tute but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I will be watching this...I would also like to try making a quilted curtain with a lining.

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    I have never made lined curtains. However, I would do it like this: cut the fleece a little smaller than the curtains, depending on how big your hems will be. Then pin or spray baste the fleece to the curtains and when you hem the curtains, the hem will cover the edges of the lining. I would use 1/2" or 1" hem on the sides and probably 3" on the bottom. At the top, are you doing a casing, tabs, or using clips? Whatever way you do it, you can catch the lining in the casing or hem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I have never made lined curtains. However, I would do it like this: cut the fleece a little smaller than the curtains, depending on how big your hems will be. Then pin or spray baste the fleece to the curtains and when you hem the curtains, the hem will cover the edges of the lining. I would use 1/2" or 1" hem on the sides and probably 3" on the bottom. At the top, are you doing a casing, tabs, or using clips? Whatever way you do it, you can catch the lining in the casing or hem.
    I will be doing casings at the top. So to recap what you said, am I doing sort of a sandwich with the fleece in the middle and then hem the sides and bottom? Then make a casing on the top? Sorry, I am more of a follow the picture type person. LOL!

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    Have you checked ehow.com? I did a Google search on how to make lined curtains and it looked like alot of information. I often use ehow for various projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    Have you checked ehow.com? I did a Google search on how to make lined curtains and it looked like alot of information. I often use ehow for various projects.
    Thanks I will check it out again.

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    Exactly what Gale said!! Good luck. Once you get started, you'll find it is very easy.

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    There is a great Sunset book on this which I bought many years ago. May still be in print. I haven't done drapes in ages so I cant be specific on method.
    I am more concerned about use of fleece - what it will look like from the outside of the house and how it will permit light, and how it will hang with cotton for the face fabric. Usually a drape has a lining and possibly interlining which are gauged to the weight of the face fabric. If this is because she wants to keep warm, maybe you could suggest one of the linings which has a vapor barrier. They are lightweight neutral white/cream, would work with cotton, and would hang well and not bunch at the top or sag at the hem, and they aren't stiff. Good luck!

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    I've made curtains but I've never lined any with fleece and I don't think I've ever seen any lined with fleece. Doesn't mean you can't do it of course, it might be a little bit of a challenge though.

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    I should have mentioned that they are just 36" curtains and she just wants them lined for the warmth and for them to be non-see-through.

    Thanks so much for all of your help!

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