My plan all along since starting my blog was to provide tutorials for different types of window treatments, including lined and unlined panels. But, so far, I’ve only demonstrated unlined panels. I know! I’m so slow, ADD, or whatever!
No more waiting…
Here (finally) is the tutorial for lined panels. Ta-da!
The only lined draperies I’ve made since starting my blogging adventure were our Master Bedroom Draperies. Since the front fabric is white, and the lining is white, pictures are confusing. I opted to only write the double-pleat (Euro) header tutorial from the master bedroom pictures. Who knew it would be another year and a half before making more panels?
Lined panels aren’t any harder than unlined. You just add a couple of little steps into the process. I’m demonstrating single-width panels in this tutorial. As with unlined, we begin with the bottom hem.
Along the cut fabric lower edge, press a 4″ hem – twice (aka a double 4″ hem).
Stitch a hem stitch by hand or machine.
Press a double 1-1/2″ side hem along each side edge, but don’t stitch them yet.
This is what your panel looks like so far with your bottom hem complete and side hems pressed. A clean, uncluttered floor space works well for measuring, cutting, and pinning panels.
Lining: Cut your lining piece the same as your finished panel length plus 4 inches.
Press and straight-stitch a double 2″ hem along the bottom edge of your lining fabric. (If you prefer a 3″ hem, remember to add 6″ to your finished length for cutting.) Press smooth. (We don’t hem the lining side edges.)
Spread the hemmed lining flat on your surface. Align the panel over the lining with one side edge matching (or, even). The right edges of my panel and lining are aligned, and you see the extra lining is revealed beyond the left edge.
Trim off that extra, careful not to cut into your panel fabric.
After trimming, spread your panel face down on the surface with the lining face-up. That means both wrong sides are together.
Locate the lining bottom edge 1″ from the curtain panel’s bottom edge. Place the lining side edges inside the fold of the panel’s pressed side hems.
Pin to secure along one panel edge.
Hand-smooth the lining across the width of the panel as you align the opposite edge under the other pressed edge.
Pin edge to hold all layers intact. The picture below shows the corner tucked. Since my fabric is very heavy and stiff, I decided not to tuck the corner as the picture shows. It’s optional.
Here’s the straight-edge option.
Before stitching, open up the lower pins for adding your drapery weight.
Stitch into the side hem fold on each side of the panel.
Remember after folding, you’ll need to hand-sew this lower edge so you don’t run over the metal weights with the sewing machine needle. Yikes!
After stitching side hems, your lining addition is complete. At this point, mark your finished length along the top of your panel.
Notice my panel hem is at the opposite end for this picture. You can see how I measure from the bottom edge to mark the upper edge of the drapery header.
Measure the same distance across the width of the panel, marking at every 12 inches or so with a washable fabric marker (or pins).
With a yard stick, connect your markings.
Press. If you don’t have a washable marker, you can mark with pins and press from pin to pin fairly easy.
A measuring time-saver: Press at the marked or pinned line. Then open up the fold to see the pressed line in the lining. Can you see it at the lower portion of the picture below?
Fold the fabric under, to the fold beneath.
Now press. No measuring, just folding and pressing. Neat, huh?
This fabric I’m using is a stiff, outdoor fabric and no buckram is needed for the header. At this point, you would normally sew buckram into the header. To see how buckram is attached, visit my Easy Clip Panel Tutorial.
Since I’m not using buckram (or you’ve already added yours), it’s time to pin everything securely across the header and at the ends.
Stitch each end closure very close along the side edge, making sure the under-side flap is hidden behind the front view of the header. I like to sew from the back side to have full control of keeping the header back fold hidden.
That completes everything for the lined panel. At this point, the panels are in the basic clip panel stage.
I’m excited to show you a new type of header after finishing these panels. You’ll love the new look, so see what I did with them here!
Also, see how to groom your finished panels here.
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