How to sew ready made panels together?

by Laura
(New Jersey)

Thank you for your helpful response to my question about sewing ready made grommet panels together for a sliding glass door.

I have since purchased a sturdy rod that does not require a center support to hold the large panel and allows it to be moved across to one side.

My question now is: What is the best way to sew the panels together?

Should I overlap them?
Or should I connect them with the right sides together and sew a seam either at the edge or inside the factory sewn seam?

Or is there another way? The panels are unlined but a rather heavy woven fabric. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Laura

The first thing to consider before sewing anything. Is the size of the space between the grommets on your curtain panels.

If for instance you have 5 inches between each grommet. Then when you join your curtain panels (however you do it). You want to have about 5 inches between the grommets on each side of the curtain join.

This will obviously keep the curtain looking as even and normal as possible. The less reason to draw the eye to the fact that you have 2 panels joined as one.

If the distance from the last grommet to the edge of the curtain panel is not going to be at least 2.5 inches in this example. Then we would need to unpick the side seam to make the curtain a little wider. Then do this for the other grommet curtains panel.

If you have enough fabric after the last grommet to keep he joined curtain looking evenly spaced between your grommets. Then I would simply over lap the panels while hanging from your curtain rod. Then hand tack the curtains together with a needle and thread.

This will be the least obvious way to keep he panels together.

If you did need to unpick the side seams for extra width before you joined. Then You can use a sewing machine to join he panels. Or sew by hand again if you do not have a machine. I would sew the panels face to face. Then press the seam open to make it lie flat.

You would also need to unpick and resew the curtain hems if you go down this route. Just unpick the hems for a few inches to both sides of the seam. No need to undo them completely.

I hope that make sense and helps you get the job done.

All the best


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