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Lining washable drapes?

nmog | Posted in General Discussion on

I am making a set of 75 x75 inch drapes (2 panels) for someone. She’ll be putting them in her living/play room which can get cold. She would like to add a lining for warmth but also wants to be able to wash sticky children’s handprints off of the drapes. Is there any way for me too add a removeable (blackout?)lining? I’ve been thinking about it for days and the best idea I came up with is to velcro the two together behind the curtain rod (the panels with just be gathered with a rod pocket). However, I think that this will make it harder for the drapes to be pulled open. I think that I’m stuck. Any ideas? My mind seem to be going in circles on this one…

Thank you all for your help!


  1. mygaley | | #1

    I was doing something similar with some existing drapes (her neighbors had installed all-night security lights). We hung two rods and put the fashion drapes on one with sew-on rings; the blackout lining was hung on the rod closest to the glass with clip-on rings. Then our choice was to open or close one or two sets of drapes. I believe this would work no matter what the mechanics of opening the fashion drapes. God bless you Galey

    1. solosmocker | | #2

      Years ago I designed and sold custom drapes. GailAnn's description is exactly what we did. We hung the blackout liner on a separate rod. You can get traverse rods that have the two rows together from Kirsch that are very nice. solo

      1. nmog | | #5

        I didn't know that you could get double rods. What a smart idea! Thank you so much (and your poor friend)!

    2. nmog | | #4

      I never thought of two rods! That might save a lot of work. Thank you so much!

  2. starzoe | | #3

    I have made drapery liners by copying (more or less), shower curtain liners where buttonholes are made in the lining which go over the curtain hooks of the draperies. Depending on what is seen from outside, it is possible to make the liners just the width of the window.

    These are easily removed and replaced after the drapes are washed and do not need an extra rod.

    1. nmog | | #6

      That souns easy. Did you need a certain type of hook? I can't quite picture it on the window (but I can on a shower curtain). Thanks for your reply!

      1. mygaley | | #7

        I hope this answer answers everyone, Double Rods are available, but since we already had the custom decorator rods, we just went to a box store and bought similar-look rods that did not extend from the wall so much. When you get your rods, you will find the clip-on hooks in the same department (yes, they are very like shower curtain clips). God bless you Galey

        1. nmog | | #9

          That makes sense. A hidden rod would work well. God bless you, too!

      2. starzoe | | #8

        One set have pleater-tape (triple prong) hooks and the sliding door has those little J hooks that fit into narrow gathered tape on the drapes. Both of these are on regular rods that can be either draw rods or drawn by hand.Picture the drapes on a conventional rod, one with little eyes hanging down from the rod. The liner has buttonholes at the top which slide over the hooks. You have to do this before hanging the drapes, so that liner and drapes hang as one.

        1. nmog | | #10

          I get it! I was thinking of the hooks pointing the other way, but yuor description makes so much more sense. Now, if I could only read minds as well!

  3. diday | | #11

    After reading an article about using white flannel fabric to insulate curtains I started browsing for fabric via Google and got sidetracked. Walmart carries a blackout curtain liner that comes with hooks, and there's a good photo illustration:


    I need to do something for better insulation around windows. Windy and cold here in Michigan.

    1. nmog | | #12

      That's it! It looks just like what we need. Unfortunately, we live in Canada, so I'll check in store or see if one of my US buddies can get it then ship it this way as well. Thank you so much!!

      1. diday | | #13

        Go to Google.com, click on the Images link at the top of the page and type in "blackout drapery liner" in the search box. Then read the source name under the picture results. This one's from Canada, there may be more.http://canada.lnt.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2785656

        1. nmog | | #14

          Success!!! Thank you so much!!!

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