How to Make Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are handy additions to your home if you work at night and need to sleep during the day. By sealing sunlight out of your home, they allow you to rest peacefully. They also save energy by trapping heat indoors during the winter and help to block out the glare of streetlights at night. Although blackout curtains are sold in many stores, it is usually less expensive to buy materials and create your own drapes. Continue reading to find out how to make blackout curtains.
First: Measure your window
First, you need to know the dimensions of the window where you plan to install your curtains. Position a strong, durable rod above your window, and use a measuring tape to calculate the length and width of your curtains. You should buy material that measures at least 1.5 times the width of your window. Add several extra inches to the length to ensure that you have enough material for a rod pocket or tabs.
Second: Gather your materials
To make your curtains, you need a sewing machine, an iron, an ironing board, scissors, blackout backing and straight pins. Choose heavy curtain material, such as wool or cotton, that blocks out light effectively. You also need thread that matches the color of your curtains.
Third: Sew the curtains
After you cut your curtain fabric to the proper size, place it right side down. Then put the blackout backing on top of it, fold the edges of the curtain material up over the blackout backing and sew these fabrics together. Use your iron to flatten the fabric as you continue to sew along the edges until you finish.
Fourth: Finish the top
You can use curtain clips to hang your curtains if you prefer. Another option is to sew a simple pocket along the top by folding the top edge over toward the back of the curtain and sewing it down. For a more decorative effect, sew another straight line a half inch to an inch from the top of the pocket. If you are experienced with sewing, you can also finish the tops of your curtains with tabs or grommets.