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Mom to 5
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Date: 5/31/10 0:45 AM

but I desperately need hotel quality blackout curtains... I need it to appear midnight at high noon....

I work 2 jobs and 1 of them is the graveyard shift....nights... nuf' said....

suggestions?

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Date: 5/31/10 4:14 AM

You can make these yourself really easily. You need to buy 3 pass Black Out lining fabric (or a higher number pass if you can find it, but minimum of 3).
Black Out fabric comes in different thicknesses, the higher the number of passes, the more light it will block out.
You can use the lining two ways. Either just buy enough to fit inside your window frames and add Velcro so you can put them up behind your curtains when needed and take away when not needed.
Personally, I prefer to reline my existing curtains. Measure your existing curtains to work out how much lining to buy. You need the same amount of lining as you have curtains, plus a little extra for seam allowance. (You can get away with not hemming the lining, it wont fray). You can then either unpick the curtain tape already on the curtains, and then resew it back on, sandwiching the lining in between. Or you can cheat and just stitch it along the bottom of the curtain tape.

Be warned, Black Out lining is very heavy and you will probably need to add extra hooks to help hold the weight. You may even need to change your curtain track if its not very strong. I usually find I need to extend the tracks out slightly to allow for the added bulk in the curtains too.


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Date: 5/31/10 5:52 AM

do they sell this at JoAnn's/Hancocks??

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Date: 5/31/10 7:13 AM

Quite a few online sources, but I don't know about JoAnn's or Hancocks. Good luck to you.

http://warehousefabricsinc.com/BLT3DRG.html

http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/drapery-lining-fabric/drapery-lining-fabric-selector.aspx?gclid=CNinhoWf_KECFQG4sgodaEvjFQ

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Date: 5/31/10 8:36 AM

In another thread someone suggested buying blackout drapes at JCPenny. That reminded me that some years ago I bought some sheer drapes there and their selectios was more extensive than the store display suggested and the prices were reasonable. Especially when they have sales, which is often, and if you sign up for their coupons online.

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Date: 5/31/10 2:56 PM

check out elings.com I purchase all my lining there by the bolt and save 50% over the store prices. They will send you a book with samples of all of their linings. I use this book all the time to help me decide which linings I need. There blackout linings are great and are the ones I use for all my draperies.

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Date: 5/31/10 2:57 PM

Sorry that should be elinings.com

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Date: 5/31/10 4:16 PM

We have a day sleeper at our home too.. If you are in a real hurry..or want to save your existing drapes until you can get around to doing something to the back of them.. I would suggest just buying enough yardage to hang over the windows until you can tackles the project. In our bedroom.. that meant two 72 inch lengths of 54 wide blackout fabric from Joanns.. You can use velcro at the top for a quick attachment..or even simply pin them up with tacks for now.
On one window I have the drapes drawn together to cover all the window and leave that window alone.. but on the other window my DH just sticks up the panel when he goes to sleep in the morning.

I learned this trick at the bowling alleys when they had moonlight madness bowling on the military base.

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Date: 5/31/10 8:09 PM

the very and dirty quick variation (have used it after working night shifts) is a piece of cardboard in the window, cut to the exact size. Worked like a charm, could be stored anywhere, no smelly plasticy chemicals. I had a wide ledge, so I didn't need to make attachments, but the velcro idea is good.

sorry, no sewing.

I found that lining curtains didn't work as well, too much light peeked out the folds. Shades were much better for a nicer solution.

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Date: 5/31/10 8:19 PM

I saw a bolt of black-out fabric at my local Jo-Ann's this past weekend and made a mental note of it.

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