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Calculating fabric requirements for making curtains


You are welcome to download and print the following PDF charts free of charge - click on the link above each chart to take you to a version that you can download and print.


I designed the charts initially, to help my Adult Education students calculate fabric requirements for their chosen curtain making projects. 

I have tried to keep the methods of calculation as succinct as possible whilst maintaining a professional end result. They show exactly how I work out the fabric requirements for my clients when I make bespoke soft furnishings.

The centre column of each chart gives the method, or instructions, for the calculations; the left hand column shows a working example; the right hand column is for you, to write down your own calculations.

The first chart is for calculating the fabric requirements for lined or interlined curtains with a purchased pencil pleat heading. The calculations are for plain fabrics only, or those without a pattern repeat, ie. vertical stripes, small gingham checks or small random polka dots.

How to calculate fabric requirements for curtains with pencil pleat heading. - 



The next chart shows how to work out the extra fabric you might need to purchase if you choose to make your curtains in a fabric with a repeat pattern.
How to calculate fabric requirements for fabric with a pattern repeat


Calculating Fabric requirements for patterned fabric -
To work out how much fabric you need to make formal, interlined, curtains with a hand pleated heading (triple, double or goblet pleats) use the chart below.
How to calculate the fabric requirements for lined or interlined curtains with triple, double or goblet pleated headings -



Use the next chart to work out your interlining and lining requirements.
How to calculate lining and interlining requirements for curtains -



I always use the following chart when making each pair of curtains. It is completed, according to all the calculations in the previous charts, and then pinned to my notice board above my worktable. I can then refer to it when cutting out all the fabric drops and making up the curtains.
Cutting out and making up curtains - your measurements -



Please let me know how you get on with these charts should you choose to download and use them. I always like to know, and see, how your curtains turn out.

To download my instructions to make interlined curtains with a handmade pleated heading click here

Happy curtain making.


10 comments:

SewGood said...

Debbie,
I am attempting to make my first curtains, replacing existing sheers for my large front window. I find your instructions very good and helpful (made perfect sense when I converted the metric to US measurements.) Started them today and am anxious to finish them and get them hung. Thank you for your detailed instructions for calculating the fabric requirements.
Deb Good Ehlers

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie
I have downloaded and printed your instructions for making interlined curtains as they are very comprehensive and will be following them. I would like to download the charts for calculating the fabric requirements, but there does not seem to be a 'print' icon. Am I missing something obvious?
Thanks
Jane

Debbie said...

Hello Jane
I hope you get on well with my curtain making tutorial.
I'm sorry you have had problems downloading and printing the measuring charts though.
I think I have sorted the problem now - click on the link (in pink) above each chart and you should be taken to a copy that you can download or print.
I hope this helps - please let me know if you still have a problem.
Debbie xx

Anonymous said...

Hi

I am having trouble downloading the form to calculate fabric for pattern fabrics (download No 2). It will not download even to beabe to see it. Just get the spinning wheel timer. Can you help with this.

I have been able to download the other 4 but not the above one of which I am requiring.

Regards

Teri

Debbie said...

Hi Teri
Thank you for letting me know. I shall do my best to resolve the problem later this evening after I have finished work.
Debbie x

Debbie said...

Hi Teri

The download you requested is available again. I hope you find it useful.
Debbie x

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie.

Thank you very much for sorting out the problem. I have now been able to download No 2. It will be very useful to me. Many thanks.

May I ask if you have any good advice or instructions on how to make eyelet/grommet LINED curtains? I am not feeling very confident in this project and do not know whether you conceal the eyelet/Grommet tape between the cutain and lining or attach it line pencil pleat tape. Any advice would be a great help to me. Never made them before.

Regards

Teri

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie

Thank you for sorting the problem out with download No 2. I have now printed it and I know it will be a great help to me.

Do you have any instructions on how to make eyelet/grommet curtains?

Best regards

Teri

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie

Thank you for sorting the problem out with download No 2. I have now printed it and I know it will be a great help to me.

Do you have any instructions on how to make eyelet/grommet curtains?

Best regards

Teri

Debbie said...

Hello Teri
I make my eyelet curtains just like my interlined curtains for handmade headings. I insert the buckram and then take the curtains to a local fabric shop to have the eyelets individually inserted with a press.
I prefer not to use a ready made tape as I don't like to see stitching lines on my curtains, nor do I think that the purchased eyelets will be secure enough with heavy, interlined curtains. I may be wrong, but have not wanted to take that risk.
Debbie