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Blackout drapes
Are these easy to make?
cutestcutie

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Date: 10/8/09 5:16 PM

Hi there!

I need to make drapes for my studio apartment, but they need to be both attractive and also block out all the light (my apt gets very sunny, which is great for growing tons of houseplants, but bad for sleeping in on the weekends!) Would lining regular drapery fabric w/ blackout material be a good option? I guess my only other choice would be to choose a very heavy fabric, right? Is this difficult to do; is blackout material difficult to work with? And do you know how long would this take, approximately? I need to make just four panels, 3 of them about 1.5 ft wide and the fourth about 2.5 ft wide. I'm not adding any embellishments or doing anything fancy with them.

Thanks soooo much for the advice!

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Date: 10/8/09 6:15 PM

I would consider using a double rod and install home dec fabric drapes on the outside and blackout material closer to the window. This way, you'd have the option of full light (everything open), privacy and light (with only the home dec fabric covering the windows) and darkness (with the blackout fabric over the windows + the front drape for attractiveness).

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Date: 10/8/09 6:59 PM

Irene,

Thank you for your response. Privacy is not much of a concern as I live on the fourth floor of a building in NYC, there are no close adjacent buildings to mine and from the street you can't see anything except for what's right next to the window. So there's not really ever a time when I need both light + privacy, although I would *love* to have sheer curtains (but wouldn't the blackout material show behind the sheers?). Your idea does sound appealing if it will be easier than attaching the blackout material to the curtain, which I'm assuming is the case, right?

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Date: 10/9/09 3:25 AM

This is what I have done, because I actually hate the look of those darned blackout curtains (but when you need them, you need them). This way, I can slide them completely out of the window area, hiding them behind the folds of the regular curtains. The double rod is a lot easier, as well. Blackout material is heavy and strange--not a good thing to use as an actual lining connected to your curtain fabric.

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Date: 10/9/09 6:16 AM

I love blackout lining fabric. It is such fun to sew with. Of course you can get it in white (DD found this very stange when we got some to line her roman blinds 'how can blackout be white?'

For curtains I usually make separate linings which attach with their own hooks to the bottom of the header tape of the main curtains. This means that if you decide to change your curtains you can just attach the lining to the new ones.

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Date: 10/12/09 7:21 AM

Like Clare, I just attach the blackout fabric to the tape of the main curtain, as lining. Whether to use heavy blackout fabric, or just black fabric can depend on the wait of the main curtains. Blackout is very easy to sew with. Lining your curtains is good for them anyway, as it protects them from light damage.

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Date: 10/12/09 9:12 AM

They are easy. Once you get the hang of them it should take about an hour/panel. The first ones will take much longer, though.

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Date: 1/29/14 4:43 AM

Hello, yes, I think regular drapery fabric with blackout material would be a good option. I know blackout lining is very efficient, it really keeps unwanted light away from your interiors. I hope you don't mind if I ask a question, as it regards the main fabric. I would love to make my own drapes but I can't find anywhere something that says: Whether your dedication to great style is motivated by Marilyn Monroe’s effortless chic, or if the wise words of Carrie Bradshaw have led you to build the clothing collection of your dreams, you will find these unique, beautiful fashion blinds perfect for your bedroom, office or your walk-in wardrobe – if you’re lucky enough to have one!
I really want something fancy and chic, that grabs the attention when you walk into the room. Do you have any suggestions where I can get something like this? Thank you so much for replying, have a lovely day!

http://www.fertilethoughts.com/forums/general-parenting/399365-another-question-about-sunroom-window-treatments.html

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Date: 2/6/14 5:43 PM

I've had this bookmarked for quite a while, and have been meaning to make them for my master bedroom. Thought this might help! Good luck :)

http://midwestmagnolia.com/2011/06/sew-lined-panel-drapes/

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Date: 2/6/14 6:24 PM

The newer blackout linings are much softer and easier to work with than what was available , say, twenty or thirty years ago.
You could line your drapes with the blackout and then have either pleated or shirr-on sheers behind the drapery.

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