Make Blackout Lined Curtains

Edited by Doug Collins, Eng, Inukshuk, Maria

I would like to thank Rose Smith for the awesome video on how to DIY Make Blackout Lined Curtains. I organized it into a wiki for anyone with a hearing impairment, or for those who just prefer to read the steps. Hope you enjoy it. :)

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Steps

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    Before you can make lined curtains, you need to know how much fabric to buy, and also what size to make your curtains.
    The idea is that you will have a gather across the top of the curtain and that will give the curtains a bit of fullness so they don't appear to be stretched across the window. The rule of thumb is to buy enough fabric to have the curtain one and a half times the width that you need for the window, so for example if the window is 6 ft wide, you'd want each curtain to cover 3ft, and so you'd want to buy about 1 1/2 times as much fabric, so for 3ft of curtains you'd have a width of about 4 1/2 ft and that would mean you could gather it so you would have quite a nice full curtain. Now obviously it can vary if your fabric happens to be a bit wider, or a bit shorter, go on with that because that just makes your curtains may be a little bit fuller or a little less full.
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    That's the measurements for the curtain itself, the length obviously is just from the curtain track down to however far you want the curtain to go.
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    The lining fabric is slightly different because what you want for the curtain fabric to fold back over on itself and then the lining to start because that gives you confidence that the lining will not appear when the curtains are drawn, all you want to see is this curtain fabric and not the lining fabric.
    So the way to do this is to make your lining fabric about 2 or 3 inches shorter than the width of the curtain fabric.
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    I have stated on the clip earlier that the length of the curtain is just from the track to however far down far you want them.
    That's true if you have something like this where there is no pattern so it doesn't matter where you start, you're going to have the same look for the left-hand and the right-hand curtain. There is a difference if you've got a pattern in the fabric.
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    For this fabric, the pattern repeat is from this purple circle to the other down purple circle, so you'd measure it from the top of the circle to the top of the other purple circle.
    That's the amount that you may have to vary the right-hand curtain from the left-hand curtain, to be sure that you get the right and the left curtains matching, now this is only a matter of inches so it's not too much of an issue when you're buying fabric.
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    But if you have a curtain fabric like this, there is quite a large pattern on it then you would need to measure.
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    The pattern is from the top of that brown line.
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    Down to the next top brown line.
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    So you have to measure from this point.
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    To this point.
    And you'd have to buy all of that amount one complete repeat extra fabric so you could adjust the right and left curtains to start at exactly at the same point as each other before you sew the lining to them.
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    I think that will cover how to measure the fabric and what you need to buy, and now we can move into sewing the lining and the curtain together.
    I will cover the top in a different video, the tape that goes on the top, or you can have various different other fixings and I'll do that as a separate item.
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    I'll begin by sewing the curtain fabric and the lining together with right sides together and I've sewn up just the two side seems.
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    Flip the fabric over so that you've got the right side out.
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    If You spread that out across the width, you can see that the curtain fabric itself is longer than the lining, and there is an overlap which enters to the back side of the curtain, and this is done so that the lining doesn't show out to the front.
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    Now, I can pin all the way up here to make sure I have exactly the same measure from the lining to the edge of the curtain all the way up, now the size of the curtain is done.
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    I will turn it back to get the right sides together again, and I marked the center of both and pin them together at the center and then smooth out towered each side.
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    When I turn these back to go right sides together again, I've got this flap at each end which is where the curtain fabric was longer that the lining fabric.
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    Next thing to do is to run a line of stitching right across the top of the curtain.
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    I want to stitch the curtains together, so I'll stitch right across the entire width of the curtain.
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    You can see how the top looks.
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    I've got the curtain fabric on that side.
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    I've got the lining here, and the route seems there inside that seam.
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    Here, I've got that edging where the curtain fabric was slightly longer so it could fold back to join the lining.
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    This lining is very close weave because I have used blackout curtain lining.
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    To hem the curtains you can just turn the curtain fabric over and have it folded across the top of the lining, and slips it across there not to capturing the underneath fabric.
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    If the fabric turned over like that, you'd want to be sure to catch only this bit of lining here, so nothing shows through on the far side.
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    These curtains were made Hampton slightly different fashion, the lining has been hand separately, that's just been a machine stitched across to be about an inch shorter than the main curtain
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    The outer curtain fabric itself has been turned over separately and has been slips stitched across there.
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    Either ways acceptable, it depends a bit on how much time you've got and which finish you prefer.
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Tips and Suggestions

  • To make these a No Sew Project you can use Fabric Glue, Hemming Tape or Glue Gun. Test a small patch of fabric first to make sure that the glue does not bleed through and make a stain.
  • For extra insulation using a shower curtain will provide better blockage of cold air in the winter months and heat in the summer months. You can just use a white or clear plastic shower curtain or pick one with a design that matches your fabric. The design will be seen from the street so this a way to provide visual interest when the curtains are closed. Otherwise with a clear shower curtain you can leave it plain or in between the layers of the tutorial method presented in the video.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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