Have you ever made draperies or curtains?  What method did you use?  Pillow-cased or sewn side hems, double fold side hems, top down… bottom up?

There are many different construction techniques when it comes to drapery making.  One of my favorites is a hand sewn drapery with interlining and interlocked layers.  This method, often called the English method in the United States, creates a structured, luxurious finish.

You can learn how to make this style of drapery with my latest DVD, available in the HomeDecGal website store.  Click here to see the product information.  I show step-by-step how to make the drapery from interlocking the lining and interlining to hems and the pleated heading.  I hope you will enjoy this timeless and elegant approach to drapery making.

See a preview here: Preview of  Interlined, Interlocked French Pleated Drapery video


French pleats are also called “triple pinch pleats”



All edges are hand sewn creating a beautiful finish with no visible stitching.



A mitered corner is added at the bottom hem.



Details make the difference! French tacks are added at the hem to give the lining a little movement – but still holding the layers together



The finished drapery didn’t require any steaming or dressing. With this method, there is very little manipulation of the materials, creating a drapery with less wrinkles.


If you have any questions about this technique, or about the video please let me know!

Best Wishes,


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  1. Michelle at May 28, 2014 11:49:19

    Hi Susan,

    I have taken your Craftsy class on Roman Shades and have made several that turned out beautiful. I mounted a shade on a French door and the sketch you drew instructing the best way to achieve this was very helpful.

    I have also purchased your Interlined, Interlocked French Pleat Drapery dvd. I am about to tackle a very tall window. My rod measures 64″ and the finished length is 151″. It will be a center split draw. I have 20 yds of fabric and I am ready to get started. My calculations for fabric widths was 2.96 or 3. Do you think this will have enough fullness? If you wouldn’t mind can you help me determine my cut fabric width? I come up with 80″ for each flat panel. 64 x 2.5=160/2=80. But I think this is for the finished flat panel before pleating. So allowing for 2″ double side hems my cut width should be 88″ width for each panel.

    Just wanted to double check before cutting. I think I’m letting the height of the window intimidate me from starting so naturally I’m worrying about the width. :)

    Thank you,
    Michelle Jones

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