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Friday, June 29, 2012

Today's Project: Lined Drapes


My mom made all the curtains in our house - and they were really well-done - traverse rods and the whole kit-and-kaboodle. Both she and my sister repeatedly told me that lined drapes weren't that difficult to make. The main problem was finding the space to cut the fabric. I'm a curtain girl (curtains are unlined and light-weight), so this was a bit of a stretch for me.

Before you decide to make your own, please keep in mind that it's often cheaper to buy curtains and drapes. Each panel (my window has one panel) takes about three yards of fabric. I scored a major deal with this fabric from Fabric Guru (about $4 per yard) and purchased the lining with a coupon from JoAnn Fabrics so it was worth it.

I set out to find a good tutorial and ended up with this one from About.com. I've seen several others on Pinterest but this tutorial from About is exactly how my mom made her curtains - the professional way - with a blind hem stitch. 

OK, the blind hem stitch was a bit intimidating but it is really easy. I did a blind hem stitch on the bottom of my lining and my drapery fabric. Don't know how to do a blind hem stitch? Just check out this video below.


It took an afternoon to make two of these - one for each window. I purchased the hardware at Lowe's.


These look great in my new sewing room!

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