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Easy, Warm, Lined Curtains

comments (1) November 8th, 2007     

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GorgeousThings Ann Steeves, contributor
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The right curtains can make a big difference in your energy bills. This pair not only looks terrific, it also keeps out the cold.
The unfinished edge of the top of your lining should line up with the folded top of your header.
As you stitch the header, youll also secure the lining in place. I attached tabs in the same stitching pass.
The right curtains can make a big difference in your energy bills. This pair not only looks terrific, it also keeps out the cold.

The right curtains can make a big difference in your energy bills. This pair not only looks terrific, it also keeps out the cold.

Photo: Ann Steeves

With cold weather here in northern parts, and the cost of energy skyrocketing, we're all looking for ways to save on fuel costs. One way is to decorate your windows with lined curtains. They keep drafts out and keep heat in. And the beauty is that they are easy to make! For my purposes, I made tab-top curtains, but this works just as well for any other type of curtain.

Flannel is not just for PJs
First, determine the size of your finished curtains. There are any number of great how-to references for making curtains (see below for a good one). For the purposes of this post, we'll concentrate on making them warmer.

The first thing you want to do is get (and pre-wash, make sure you pre-wash!) some plain cotton flannel. I used white, but you can use a coordinating color to your curtain fabric. You can even use a whimsical print if you like! Cut your flannel lining to dimensions that are 2 inches narrower than your curtain fabric in width. The length of your flannel should be one inch shorter than the length of your curtain fabric, less the amount of your curtain's header. In my case, the finished dimensions of each curtain panel are 49 inches long by 52 inches wide. The panels have a 4 inch doubled hem (2 inches folded over) and a 2 inch doubled header (1 inch folded over).


Curtain Fabric Lining Fabric
Finished Length 49 inches 48 inches
Hem 4 inches 4 inches
Header
2 inches 0 inches
Total Length 55 inches 52 inches
Finished Width 50 inches 48 inches
Side Hems 4 inches 4 inches
Total Width 54 inches 52 inches

It's all downhill from here

The measuring and calculating is always the hardest part. After that, it's easy! Once you have determined your measurements, hem both your curtain and lining starting with the sides and finishing with the bottom. Once that is done, fold over your header and press. Butt the unfinished edge of the top of your lining against the folded top of your header, as shown here:


The unfinished edge of the top of your lining should line up with the folded top of your header.

Sew your header, catching your lining in the stitching.


As you stitch the header, you'll also secure the lining in place. I attached tabs in the same stitching pass.

Hang them up and you are done. A great window treatment that looks good and keeps you toasty warm!

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Decoratenu writes: Having made LOTS of curtains over the years, I've found that drapery lining is a better fabric to use, but it can be combined with flannel, if you like, for an interlining. For some people, it's easier to line curtains that are already made. Adjust these instructions/ measurements to 1) allow you to put a velcro strip just at the bottom edge of the header & at the top of your hemmed lining -- presto! And they're easier to launder separately. Or method 2 (if you use hooks/ clips) is to put buttonholes along the top edge of your hemmed lining to correspond to the distance between your hooks/clips & ensuring you allow for no show at the top of your curtains; ck from the front for the distance. A warning: If you think you want to use a color/ printed flannel, be sure they will not show thru when hung, as daylight will expose your little secret! I had some expensive drapes once that had white lining & a cream color flannel interlining that turned the blue drapes green in the daytime!
Posted: 5:20 pm on July 30th
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