Lining curtains

Try using low cost fabric to thicken your curtains and help keep the heat indoors.

You will need:

  • Thermally-coated lining material. You can buy this from fabric shops or online retailers for around £4 per metre
  • Rufflette tape
  • White cotton
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine (or a needle)
  • Curtain hooks

1. Measure the width and drop of your curtains, then cut a piece of lining fabric a few centimetres smaller than those measurements. You might need to join two pieces of fabric together.

2. Get sewing! Either use a sewing machine or needle and thread to sew approximately 1cm from the edge.

3. Measure and cut a piece of rufflette tape the same width as your lining, plus an extra 6cm in order to fold over the raw edges at either end.

4. Attach the rufflette tape to the lining fabric by sewing them together along the tape’s top and bottom edges.

5. Scrunch up the rufflette tape so it becomes the same width as your curtain.

6. You can now use this layer of rufflette tape to hang your curtains with standard curtain hooks.

Tape measure, scissors and thread on top of fabric