I have to admit sewing is not my favorite thing to do. However, I can sew (sort of) straight lines so that means I can sew curtains! In general, you can save money by making your own curtain panel and it's pretty simple. There are many tutorials on how to sew curtains or not sewing curtains using a fabric tape. I really like this one tutorial. However, what I want to share is a
on How To Make Your Curtains Fuller:
Buy twin white flat sheets for the liner (you can get cheap ones at Walmart for $5/per sheet). A twin sheet will cover the average 54" for fabric width. Major time saver folks! Since a sheet is already sewn you don't need to do any extra sewing except for attaching the sheet/liner onto the fabric. My friend, Chelsey, told me this is how she sews her curtains and it really cuts your time down in sewing when things are pretty much ready.
I didn't even iron the sheet for you, but you can see how nicely it hangs!
The fabric is from fabric.com called Felton River by Swavelle Mill Creek. It's an indoor/outdoor fabric so it will stand up better to sun damage and cleans easier.
Once you get the sheet on back, the curtain hangs better, is protected from fading and it doesn't take too long to sew it on the back. Have you used a sheet on the backs of your curtains before?