Make Blackout Lined Curtains
Edited by Doug Collins, Eng, Inukshuk, Maria Quinney
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. :)
- 1Before 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.Advertisement
- 3The 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.
- 4I 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.
- 5For 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.
- 11I 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.
Video: Make Blackout Lined Curtains
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.