Here’s How To Do This Easy Way
What You’ll Need
- Curtains (or any fabric)
- A few pins
- Matching thread (alternatively, you can also make use of the iron-on adhesive)
- Blackout curtain lining (of course!)
Before You Start
- If you’re using existing curtains, make sure that you clean and dry them well. You’ll also need to wash both the curtain and the attached lining afterward, once you’ve sewn them together. This is essential to make them softer.
- Ensure getting as precise curtain measurements as possible. This goes the same in case you need to cut your blackout lining, as well. Also, as for the lining, make sure that you leave at least half an extra inch of fabric on each side, so as to avoid any troubles, later on.
- If you need to mark the blackout lining, only use that marking tool or chalk that is easy to wash later.
- You might as well, need to iron the curtain and/or the lining during or after the procedure, so as to get rid of any wrinkles and achieve a smooth canvas to work on.
- Ensure carrying out the entire process on a clean flat surface, as this will avoid any misconduct in the measurements or sewing.
Steps To Follow
- Start by laying your curtain(s) on the flat surface with the front side facing downwards.
- Unpack the lining and if it’s wrinkled, make sure to clear it out by ironing the lining.
- Place the lining atop the curtains and pin them together securely. The lining seam should be closer to the top stitching of the curtain.
- Simply stitch the curtain and the lining together with a single line. Also, this needs to be done on all four sides. Alternatively, you can also place the iron-on adhesive between the two fabrics and attach them together by ironing.
- Flip the curtain over and check all the sides to see if there’s any uneven or non-presentable spot visible.
If things don’t go bad, you should be able to achieve your desired outcome at this point, i.e, your curtains with a nice heavy and comforting blackout lining attached to them!
What’s The Point Of Attaching Blackout Lining?
- Adding blackout lining to the existing curtains ensures maximum light blockage, noise absorption, and coverage. This kind of curtain setting can even outperform the actual blackout curtains.
- This of course saves money and proves particularly helpful if you’ve been struggling with your sleep or want to work in non-disruptive environments.
- Enhancing the profile and functionality of your curtains is essentially easy, even with the basic knowledge of sewing. You can go for the iron-on adhesive method as well. However, that’s not a very effective idea, in the first place, since sewing brings about a nice-looking curtain fall.
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- Apart from the addition of blackout lining, this method can also be used to add other fabrics to the curtains for both decorative and functional purposes. The addition can be done to the front side too, instead of just the back one.