How to Make Drapery Lining How to Make Drapery Lining

What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine

Drapery lining adds weight to your curtains and allows them to hang in smooth, visually pleasing way. Lining also protects your draps from sunlight damage, and it offers a more polished look that looks great in a professional setting. Follow these steps to easily make your own drapery lining from a variety of materials.

Step 1 – Choosing Drapery Lining

Lining fabric is generally lighter than decorating fabric. It normally consists of polyester, cotton or a blend of both with a nice, glossy finish. Choose fabric in a shade of white or a very light color to give your home or business a nice clean, neutral look.

Some special linings are designed to block light. Others include treatment to make the fabric water-resistant and thicker, heavier linings made to keep cold air out or in, depending on the season. Discreet lining is sheer so that it does not draw attention away from the drapes.

Step 2 – Measuring

Measure the length on the back side of your draperies, starting at the bottom part of the pinch-pleated fold. Measure from the top of the draperies all the way down to the bottom of the hem. Then smooth out your draperies into the closed position and measure the width all the way across the bottom of the flat pinch-pleated fold.

Step 3 – Cutting

For each part of the drapery, cut a piece of fabric to the exact width and length of your measurements. Your finished piece of lining should be just a little bit shorter than the drapery.

Step 4 – Sewing

Use the zigzag feature on your sewing machine should have a zigzag feature to sew around the finished edges on all four of the sides of the lining. Fold under ½-inch on the top part and 1 inch on the bottom part and along each side.

Pin the top of the lining to the very bottom of the edge of the pinch-pleated fold. Put the side edge of your lining piece 1 full inch off of the side edge of your drapes.

Finally, hand-sew your lining onto the drapes. Stitch along the edges of the lining pieces as well as the pinch-pleated folds. Be careful not to catch the loose drapery fabric while doing this. The finished lining fabric should be attached to the drapery fabric along the top of the edge, but hang free under the drape fabric.

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