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How to Use Light-Blocking Fabric in Drapes

    • 1). Take down your drapes and lay them out, one panel at a time, on a flat work surface. Use a seam ripper to remove the seams from both sides and the bottom edge of your drapery panel. Trim any excess thread from the seams. Measure the length and width of the panel.

    • 2). Spread the light-blocking fabric out on a flat work surface. Measure and cut a piece of lining that corresponds with the measurements you took from the drapery panel. Lay the lining flat on the back side of the drapery panel.

    • 3). Working on the back of the curtain, fold the edges of the drapery panel and the lining fabric carefully together to recreate the seam from the original drapery panel. Use straight pins to hold the fold in place. Repeat this process on both sides and across the bottom of the drapery panel. At the top of the drapery panel, pin the lining fabric along the seam just below the rod pocket or tabs.

    • 4). Use your sewing machine to close the seams. Remove the straight pins as you sew along both sides and the bottom of the drapery panel. Sew along the original seam at the top of the drapery panel. Repeat the entire process for each drapery panel.

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