How to Make Drapery Panels in Less Than 3 Hours

I really like simple, elegant drapery panels.
I use them in most rooms of my house.

The very best thing about them is that they are so easy to make.
You only need very basic sewing skills.

This tutorial will show you how to make simple lined drapery panels (in less than 3 hours start to finish).
I kid you not, 3 hours is all that you need to make lined curtain panels.
Can you believe it?
It's true though, I even timed myself.

Here's what you wil need:

drapery lining
iron-on interfacing (cut into 3" strips)

First, decide what size panels you want to make.
Here is my window, I want them almost to the ceiling.
Minus the drapery rod (3") and the rings and hooks (1")

Next, cut your fabric.
Here are my measurements:
Cut your fabric 98" + 2" at bottom and 4" at top = 104" for each panel.

(I usually use my husband's old square to make sure that it is perfectly straight.)

Next, cut the liner to the same length.

When cutting the liner, subtract 4 inches off the width.
(My fabric is 57" wide, so I cut the liner to 53".

The next thing that I did was to serge all of the edges.
(If you don't have a serger, then use pinking shears so that the fabric doesn't fray.)

Pin the edges together down each side, right sides facing each other.
Don't pin the top and bottom together yet.

When you start to pin the opposite side together you will see that the outside fabric is too wide.  
That's ok, pin it anyway.

Sew together the two sides of the fabric and liner down the length of the fabric.

Next, you will need to turn the fabric inside out and you will see that the outside fabric makes 
an 1-1 1/2" overhang.
Press this with your iron to give you a nice crisp edge.

Now, your fabric will be sewn on both sides, but open at the top and bottom.
Pin the bottom together, and sew along the bottom edge.
The outside fabric will be turned in.

Once this edge is sewn, turn the fabric right side out and make a straight edge along the bottom with your iron.

Next, place your interfacing on the top of the drapery and liner and iron down to adhere.
Measure down 4" and pin.
Make sure to make a 1/4" hem.  
Sew along the hem line to finish the panels.

Hang and enjoy your new drapery panels.

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  1. Haha! The best part about this is the fact that you're using a square and a regular tape measure. I do the exact same thing and laugh at myself every time thinking, there's no way anyone else sews like this. I love it. :)

  2. Wow! It looks easy peasy but then you're experienced. Maybe I'll give it a try for my living room. I need some new drapes and spent the last of my cash tweaking my bedroom makeover.

  3. Great tips! Beautiful drapes! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  4. When you say "the outside fabric will be turned in" in the section about sewing the bottom together, what do you mean? I am stuck at this point - is it inside out? I don't think so but not sure what you mean there...


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