# How much fabric for pencil pleat curtains?

There’s no definitive answer to this question since it depends on the size of the window, the fullness of the curtains, and the width of the fabric you’re using. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need about twice as much fabric as the window width, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution and buy slightly more fabric just in case.

Summary

For a basic pencil pleat curtain, you will need about twice the width of your window in fabric.

## How do you measure for pencil pleat curtains?

When measuring for pencil pleats on a track or curtain pole, start from the top of the track or the eye of the curtain rings. Measure down to your chosen end point to get the drop measurement.

If you want your pencil pleat curtains to look their best, you should aim for a fullness of at least 225 times the width of your curtain rod. This will ensure that the pleats are full and evenly distributed across the entire width of the window when the curtains are closed.

### How do I calculate how much material I need for curtains

When working out how much curtain fabric you need, first multiply the track/pole width by your chosen fullness (e.g. Pole width 150cm x 25 = 375). Next, divide that figure by the fabric width, which is typically 137cm (375 divided by 137 = 273).

For Standard Width Panels:

Finished length of curtains + 16 inches divided by 36 = number of yards required

Add 1 extra yard (or one vertical repeat of the fabric) per pair if using a large print fabric.

## How wide should curtains be for a 72 inch window?

A common rule for displaying curtains properly says the curtains finished width should be at least 2 times the width of your window (if not more) to achieve a look of proper fullness.

For example, if your window measures 36″ wide, you need curtains that will give a minimum width of 72″.

Hooks should be placed every 4-6 pockets approximately to ensure that they are evenly spaced along the heading tape. This will help to keep the curtains evenly gathered and looking neat.

## Do pencil pleat curtains need to be double width?

If you’re hanging curtains, you’ll want to make sure that they are the right size. The actual amount of gather depends on heading styles and personal preference, but as a general rule the width of your curtains should amount to double the width of your track. This will ensure that they look full and luxurious, and will also allow you to block out as much light as possible.

To calculate the number of fabric widths required to make your curtains:

1. Multiply Pole Length by Fullness Ratio
2. Divide this figure by the Fabric Width
3. Round the result up or down to the nearest whole number

*This whole number is the number of widths you require to make your curtains.

### How do you calculate pleat spacing

The RETURN is the distance from the wall to the leading edge of the curtain. The LEADING EDGE is the distance from the wall to the edge of the curtain. To calculate the finished width of the curtain, subtract the size of the RETURN and LEADING EDGE from the finished width of the curtain.

To turn the right side out, slip stitch the edge of the lining and miter. Turn down and press 7 and 1/2.

## How many inches of fabric should you add to the finished length of a curtain to account for the heading and hem?

When planning to hem your fabric, be sure to take into account the extra length that will be needed. You will need to add double the length of the header to the final height of your fabric. If you plan on hemming your fabric, add four times the length of the hem to the height and width needed. For example, a standard one-inch hem would add four inches to each length.

There are three standard widths for curtains: 2, 25, or 3 times the width of the window. So, to calculate the width of your curtain, you would use one of the following formulas:

Standard curtain width = width of window x 2
Deluxe curtain width = width of window x 25

### How much fabric do I need for pleats

Pleats are a fundamental part of sewing and are used to add fullness or decoration to a garment. While there are many different types of pleats, the most basic pleat is created by folding fabric over itself and then stitching it in place. This type of pleat is called a knife pleat because the fabric is folded over itself in a sharp, clean fold.

A flat (unpleated) curtain is said to have zero fullness. A pleated curtain would typically have anywhere from 50% fullness up to 200% fullness. The amount of fullness is determined by the number of pleats per inch and the depth of the pleat.

## How do you calculate yardage for a pleated skirt?

You will need two inches of sewing allowance for your skirt. This will allow for an inch on the first side, and will give you enough room to sew the skirt together.

We all want our homes to look their best, and one way to do that is to choose the right window treatments. When it comes to curtains, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to get the most out of them. First, it’s best to install the curtain rods high above the windows. This will make the windows look larger than they are. Second, make sure the rods are wide enough so that the curtains can be opened all the way. This will allow maximum light penetration, which will brighten up the room.

## Warp Up

For a standard pair of pencil pleat curtains, you will need approximately 2.5 yards of fabric.

To make pencil pleat curtains, you will need twice the width of fabric as the width of the window, and the length will be the same as the window plus 1/2 the width of the window.

Julia Brooks is an expert in home curtains. She has years of experience in helping people find the right curtains for their homes. She is passionate about helping her clients find the perfect color, pattern, and style that will bring out the best in their living spaces. Julia also enjoys giving interior design advice to help create a beautiful, warm atmosphere in any home.