How to Line Curtains

Learning how to line curtains is a great way to protect your curtains and your privacy. Curtain linings serve a number of purposes: they protect the curtain material from damaging sunlight, conceal the unfinished side of the curtain material and block light, cold and sound from entering the room.

Learning How To Line Curtains

  • Measure twice, cut once. You'll need to measure your curtain and lining material to fit the window you want to cover. The more material you add to the width of the curtain, the more volume your curtains will have. Generally, this means making each panel almost as wide as the window-this will leave you with plenty of draping material to work with. For the length, you'll want the curtain to comfortably cover the window with an extra 6 inches for hems and to form the pocket that will hold the curtain rod.

  • Cut to fit. The curtain panels and the lining material should be cut to the same size.

  • Lay out your material. Lay the lining of one panel with the finished (good) side up. Lay the curtain material on top of the lining with the finished (good) side down. Line up the material and pin together so all edges are even.

  • Add hems. Sew a ¼" hem along the top and sides of the curtain, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn the fabric back from the hem and press flat with an iron. Turn the material inside out through the open bottom edge. Press the hem again with an iron.

  • Finish the hem. Fold the bottom edge inside one inch and press flat with an iron. Sew the hem along the folded edge.

  • Add the pocket. Measure down 3 inches from the top and fold the top of the curtain over. Sew the edge of the panel to form the pocket.

Selecting Material To Line Curtains 
You have several options when considering your curtain ling material:

  • Muslin - A simple cotton lining like muslin is inexpensive and easy to find.

  • Thermal - Thermal linings are designed to keep hot (or cold) temperatures at bay. Thermal linings are appropriate for living rooms, family room, or any area where you spend a lot of your time.

  • Black out - Black out linings are heavy, opaque fabrics that block light. Black our curtain linings are great for bedrooms (especially kids' rooms) and media rooms.

  • Decorative - Decorative linings can give the backs of your curtains a professional look. These lining are appropriate for windows that are viewed at eye-level from outdoors.

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