What if you could elevate your home comfort while adding a dash of style? Enter thermal lined curtains, a project that’s not just about aesthetics but also about energy efficiency. This tutorial brought to you by the National Trust and Great British Sewing Bee finalist Lauren Guthrie, is a delightful blend of form and function. Lauren, who owns Guthrie & Ghani haberdashery in Birmingham, assures that you don’t need to be an advanced sewer to tackle this project. All you need is a sewing machine and a bit of time on your hands.
The tutorial starts by helping you size up your curtains, offering a guide to measure your windows and calculate fabric requirements. You’ll be working with three types of fabric: the main fabric, cotton bump interlining, and thermal lining. Each has its own set of dimensions to ensure that the curtains not only look good but also serve their thermal purpose.
Once you’ve cut your fabric, you’ll sew them together to achieve the correct width. The tutorial is meticulous about ensuring that the fabric is cut square and straight to the grain line. You’ll then attach the cotton bump to the main fabric, a process that involves hand-tacking and catch stitching. The bottom edges of both the main fabric and thermal lining are hemmed neatly, hiding all raw edges.
The thermal lining is then sewn to the main fabric, forming a tube that you’ll turn right side out. After pressing the side edges flat, you’ll tack the lining in place along the top edge of the curtain. The final touch involves folding and pressing 3cm of the main fabric towards the back of the curtain along the top edge, tucking in the corner to hide any raw edges.
So, if you’re looking to keep your home cosy while reducing energy costs, this thermal lined curtain project is your go-to guide. Plus, there’s a 5-part video tutorial to accompany the written instructions, making it even easier to follow along.