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« on: March 12, 2009 10:23:19 PM »

So, this is the most basic of basic questions--and I don't know the answer! Hence, my coming here. I'm planning to make sheers & curtains for our entryway, and my question is this: If I don't line the curtains with a curtain liner, do I need to do anything special on the backside of the curtain? Will it look completely unfinished, or are most home dec fabrics pretty nice on the backside? Or are you supposed to do a double layer of your fabric (wrong sides facing)? I'm ordering online (probably Warehouse Fabrics Inc.), so I won't have a chance to preview the fabric in person first. Just wondering how you handle finishing an unlined curtain.

Thanks for tolerating such a stupid question from a novice sewer.  Smiley

« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009 03:46:18 PM »

That isn't a stupid question, really. 

Most fabrics are lighter on the wrong side of the fabric.  But if you are concerned about the way the back side will look, you should be able to ask the online vendor.  You can usually chat them online, email, or request a swatch so that you can see for yourself.

If you line the curtain, it will last longer and look a bit more formal.  If you don't line it then you'll have to replace it after a while due to sun damage.  I personally like unlined curtains for most rooms.  I can just toss them in the washing machine.  They have a light, casual look. 

If you prefer your curtains to have more weight, you can line them.  The lining can be a plain cotton, or something to block light such as blackout fabric


« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009 06:41:21 AM »

Unlined curtains should not have any raw edges. Make sure you fold under raw edges as you finish the curtains. I usually line mine more out of preference and because it helps them insulate. I also like having a contrasting fabric for interest. You don't have to line with your expensive main fabric either. A lighter weight drapery cotton or just a good quality cotton is fine. I have even lined drapes with wool for patio doors that lose lots of heat.
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