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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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    It is the fleese that would give me problems. I have made many many curtains and drapes over the years and I would not try the fleese as the texture is not the same. Top is woven and fleese is knitted fabric so they are going to hang differently. The fleese is going to stretch and the top is not. Without seeing it it is my opinion that you are going to have real frustration and problems making them with the two different types of fabric. I made some large draps with a block out lining that had a rubberized surface. I will never do that again. Just too much problem.

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    Your lining fabric will be cut smaller than the curtain fabric. The two fabrics are laid out together with the lining on top of the curtain fabric. Wrap the larger curtain fabric around the lining fabric and stitch.(kinda like using the backing fabric on a quilt to bind it) Do this on the 2 sides and the bottom edge. The top edge is folded down large enough to make the casing.

    This gives more specific instructions
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4422242_make...-curtains.html

    The fleece & cotton fabric are not really compatible. The fleece is bulky & will never hang nicely. Best options would be blackout fabric, insulated fabric or at the very least use flannel rather than fleece.

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    If using the fleece, make sure to pre wash all, don't want that to shrink once it's put together. Bought some the other day and after washed wondered where it went lost a couple of inches all around.

    Pillow case turned should work, with a casing, like to leave enough on the top for a little ruffle over the rod, and a minimum of twice to three times as wide as the window.
    Have Fun !!

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    I've made several curtains/drapes also, and I agree that using fleece could be a problem. If you do use fleece, I don't think I would make them 2-3 times wider than the window. Too bulky. I've used the warm window products with great success, but only for roman shades.

    I wonder if you could make two separate curtains, and hang them together, sort of like a shower curtain and liner. Just trying to think outside the box.

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    I made lined curtain for my greatroom and used a cotton lining and a good flannel (prewashed!) for the insulating portion. Worked great!

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    Whenever I've made curtains and linings I've always made them separate. I've had my lining just slightly shorter than my curtain and I've attached them to the main curtain with little hooks available for just that.

    However, I see you're going to do casings at the top so what I would probably do is lay the lining (in this case, fleece) on top of the curtain fabric (on the wrong side) so that when you fold over the top edge of the curtain fabric to make the casing, you make sure you catch the lining under the bottom edge of the casing. Or you could line both fabrics up at the top and fold them together. That will depend on the thickness it creates. Then I would let both the curtain and the lining hang separately. If one 'drops' a bit, you can easily adjust the bottom hem. When laying the lining on top of the curtain fabric I would make sure that the lining is in a little from the edge of the curtain fabric too so you can't see it at the sides when it's hanging. You would have to hem the sides separately too, first.

    I don't think I would try and sandwich them together because of the different way the individual fabrics will 'drop' when they're hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew
    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!
    I agree with suesew. I always worry about how the drapes look like from outside. I think the difference in the weights will hang uneven.

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