If you are making something like lined drapes out of expensive fabric, go the extra mile and make them the way the professionals would.
On the other hand, if you are making Hello Kitty curtains for your little girl’s room - take all the shortcuts. You’ll be changing them in just a few years, so why invest all the extra time? Your friends will still be impressed, and you will stay encouraged and actually get your project finished.
In this tutorial, I'd like to show you how to make curtain panels, both unlined and lined - with a few shortcuts I've adopted. I'll mention how the pros recommend you do it - and then share how I actually do. The results will still be satisfying and you will certainly have a sense of accomplishment and pride for making them yourself.
Before you tackle something on this scale, however, I’d like to give you a few pros and cons to think about:
Making your own curtain panels allows you to get the length, width, color and style you desire - in the fabric you love. There certainly is no greater motivator than that.
The quality will be much better. Decorator fabrics and linings look, feel, and drape so lovely compared to the crisp panels you pull out of a package. Of course since you're the one sewing them, you will make sure they are sewn right and not just zipped through a machine in a factory.