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with Susan Woodcock
Online Class

Sewing Custom Curtains & Draperies

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Create one-of-a-kind curtains with guidance from professional drapery expert Susan Woodcock! Find out how to select the right fabric for any project and get tips for quickly and easily measuring your window. Then, design your curtains, learn proper proportions and determine the direction of your fabric for perfectly aligned repeating motifs. Discover the secrets to panels that hang beautifully, block light and even insulate your home. Create stylish grommet curtains with evenly spaced rings. Sew a gorgeous gathered curtain and explore tools and techniques for gathering your fabric easily and consistently. Plus, stitch up a variety of pleated curtains, including French, Euro, Goblet and more. You’ll also learn to work with multiple fabric widths, add interlining and uncover the best way to hide seams in pleats!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h28m

Included in this Class

1. Measuring & Choosing Fabric

1. Measuring & Choosing Fabric

Meet your instructor, custom drapery expert Susan Woodcock, and get a sneak peek at the gorgeous curtains you'll make over the course of this class. You'll get straight to work as you weigh the pros and cons of different fabric types and gain insight into Susan's efficient and easy methods for measuring fabric.

2. Designing Curtains

2. Designing Curtains

Learn a variety of approaches for creating draperies as you learn about fullness and how to match complex or simple patterns in your fabric. Susan shares tips for determining the direction of your fabric and how to align repeated sections, in addition to sharing easy math equations that will help you determine the exact fullness you need. You'll finish the lesson equipped to create a pair of matching, symmetrical draperies.

3. Making a Basic Panel

3. Making a Basic Panel

Sew alongside Susan as you begin work on your first basic panel. Start by cutting the fabric with neat, crisp lines before measuring your hems and employing professional hand-sewing methods to secure the sides and hems. Next, you'll learn the best ways to add lining to the panel for curtains that hang beautifully, block light and insulate your home.

Recommended with this class

  • Buckram
  • Drapery pin hooks
  • Drapery hardware such as pole rod or traverse rod