Lay your primary fabric (outer side down) on a flat surface. Place the liner fabric on top. Fold the edges of the perimeter of the fabric so that a small seam is created. Use pins to hold the folded edges in place. Sew the edges to secure the seam, removing the pins as you go. When you reach the lower left and right corners, slip a curtain weight into the corner, and stitch around it to keep the weight stationary. This will help the curtain hang well.
Take the curtain's width measurement and divide it by 2. Subtract 2 inches to represent the width of the first pleat, and divide the resulting number into equal divisions of either 4 or 6 inches. This will give you the result that will tell you the number of pleats and their width. Mark the intervals with chalk.
Determine the space between each goblet pleat. Take the curtain's overall width measurement, divide it by 2, and subtract 2 inches from the result. Take this number and divide it by the number of pleats (from the previous step), minus 1.
Take your chalk and use it with your tape measure to mark your curtain 2 inches from the top left edge. From here, mark the width of the first pleat, then the width of each gap, alternately, along the entire length of the top of the curtain. Make sure that you leave a flat area 2 inches in from the top right edge.
Create the first goblet pleat by smoothing the fabric on your work surface. Insert two fingers beneath the top edge of the curtain and lift it up creating a cylindrical "cup" formation at least 2 inches in diameter and 3 to 5 inches long/deep. Pinch the fabric tightly beneath the cup with the other hand, forming three vertical pleats beneath the cup or "goblet." Secure with a pin. Stuff a bit of fiberfill or batting material into the goblet to maintain its shape. Note the flat area or gap that follows this first goblet, smooth it with your hand and move to the next section to be goblet pleated. Repeat along the entire length of curtain to complete the header. Reshape and re-pin the pleats as necessary until you are satisfied with their appearance.
Use your sewing machine to securely stitch the pinned areas beneath each goblet. A fabric-covered button or other embellishment can be fastened just below the goblet if you wish. Remove any pins once the stitching is complete. Allow the goblets to remain stuffed with fiberfill/batting material so that they won't lose their shape. Wipe away any remaining chalk marks. Attach curtain hooks to the rear of the curtain and hang them from the curtain rod.
Things You Will Need
- Fabric of your choice (should be long enough to "pool" slightly on the floor, and must be 2 1/2 to 3 times wider than the track or curtain rod to be used)
- Medium weight fabric to line your curtain (same size as outer fabric)
- Sewing machine with heavy thread
- Fiberfill (synthetic or cotton) or "batting" material
- Decorative accents such as fabric covered buttons (optional)
- Tape measure
- Pen and notepad (to write down dimensions, if desired)
- Curtain hooks
- Curtain weights (quarters or other large coins can be substituted)
- Take measurements at least twice to be certain that your dimensions are correct. Write them down so that you don't forget or mix them up.