How to make curtains with blackout lining

By May 16, 2015 May 19th, 2015 Our News
Make Curtains With Blackout Lining

How To Make Curtains With Blackout Lining – 8 Step Tutorial

Before we begin, let us just say that blackout lined curtains are a MUST for any child’s room.  Our kids won’t sleep if there is light streaming through at 5 am and that means we don’t sleep!  We’ve used many different types of blackout curtains over the years and we often find that they are just not dark or heavy enough.  You have to buy the actual blackout fabric from a fabric store, the kind that is heavy, the kind that hotels use!!

Okay, so let’s begin with our tutorial on how to make curtains with blackout lining!


  1. Fabric or flat sheets (we’re lucky enough to have lots of this here!)
  2. Blackout lining
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Tape measure
  5. Iron and ironing board
  6. Fabric scissors
  7. Pins



{Make sure your curtain rod is already hung on the wall} To find the length, measure from the curtain rod height down to the floor. Add an extra foot.


To find the width of one curtain panel, measure the width of your window frame then double it {or you can use 1 1/2 times the width of your window frame}.

For example, if your window width is 50 inches wide, the width of your curtain panel will be 100 inches wide. Since you are making two curtain panels for each window, each panel will need to be 100 inches wide.


To measure the blackout lining, follow steps 1 & 2 adding 1-2 inches all around for leeway.  You may need to stitch extra blackout fabric together to make enough for one panel.  If you do, make sure to allow a 1 inch seam allowance.  It doesn’t need to look pretty and it’s not a big issue if it’s all bunched up.


Now take your fabric curtain panel to the ironing board {leave the blackout lining for now}.  Fold over 1/2 to 1 inch along each vertical side of the panel.  Iron into place.


Tuck the blackout lining under one side of the vertical curtain panel.  Pin and stitch into place.

You’re almost done!  Now let’s finish with our last three steps.  Steps 6-8…


Now move to the other vertical side of the panel.  Cut the excess blackout lining so that it lays nicely under the fold.  Stitch into place.


Stitching the top panel:  Cut away approximately 2 inches of the blackout lining from the horizontal top {this allows less bulkiness for stitching}.

Fold over 1/2 – 1 inch of the fabric panel and iron into place along the horizontal top.

Fold over again approximately 2-3 inches of the horizontal fabric panel and stitch near the bottom of the first fold.

This will make a pocket for the curtain rod.  You can still use clips.  It looks nice with a large hem at the top regardless.

If you are hanging your curtains directly on the curtain rod {through the pocket you just made}, make sure you have enough room for the curtain rod by placing the curtain rod under the fabric fold before stitching!  Fold over more fabric if you have a thicker curtain rod. 


Hemming:  Once you have all three sides of one panel stitched into place, hang the curtains on the curtain rod exactly how you’re going to hang them.  Now decide how long you’d like the curtains to be.  Do you want them to pool a little on the floor?  Do you want them to skim the floor?  Pin where you’d like them to be hemmed.

Take them down and fold over 1/2 – 1 inch then iron into place.  Fold over that same amount and iron into place again.  Stitch into place.

Now you’re done!

You did it!  Aren’t you amazing!!  Now we hope that everyone in your family will get a good night’s sleep and your house will look pretty too 😉

Alternatively, we can save you all this effort and do it for you! Just browse our wide range of children’s fabrics on our website, measure up your window frame, then get in touch for a free quote or to place your order. If you have any questions, do please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

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For more inspiration please visit our Pinterest board, which is stuffed full of chillness room ideas. We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on how to make curtains with blackout lining.



About Meryl

Proud owner and curtain maker extraordinaire! @ the Childrens Curtain Company. Email me at [email protected] or call me on 01635 871980