How to Sew Blackout Curtains

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How to Sew Blackout Curtains
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Blackout curtains can be used to keep the sunlight out of a room for people who sleep during the day. Those who work at night or have light sensitivities that create headaches benefit from these curtains hanging in their bedrooms. Stylish blackout window treatments in a home's formal areas prevent neighbours and street traffic from seeing into the rooms. Save quite a bit of money by making blackout curtains yourself in only a few hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Sturdy rod
  • Measuring tape
  • Medium or heavyweight fabric
  • Blackout lining
  • Pins
  • Pleat tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mount the rod above the window. The rod should have the strength to support the weight of the fabric plus the blackout lining.

  2. 2

    Determine the length you want the curtain panels to be by measuring from the rod to the point the panel will end. Add 6 1/2 inches for seams. If the curtains are going to extend above the rod, add another 1/2 inch.

  3. 3

    Measure the rod width. Multiply the width of the rod by 2 1/2 and add 1 inch for each seam. Add 2 1/4 inches for each side hem. If making two panels for a window, allow a total of 10 inches for side hems.

  4. 4

    Cut the fabric to the length and width dimensions measured in steps 2 and 3.

  5. 5

    Sew together the panels with a 1/2-inch seam to create the one wide curtain panel. Press the seam open with an iron.

  1. 1

    Choose a blackout lining colour. Blackout lining is typically available in white or off-white.

  2. 2

    Subtract 5 inches from the finished fabric panel length to determine the length of the blackout lining.

  3. 3

    Subtract 8 inches from the finished fabric panel width to determine the width of the blackout lining.

  1. 1

    Cut the blackout lining fabric to the correct dimensions.

  2. 2

    Sew a 1-inch hem on the bottom of the blackout lining. Flip fabric up again and stitch. This will create a 2-inch hem.

  3. 3

    Lay the blackout lining and curtain fabric with their right sides together and the top and right edges even.

  4. 4

    Sew from the top right edge; stop before you reach the blackout lining hem.

  5. 5

    Line up the left edges of the blackout lining and the curtain fabric. Stitch from the top and stop before reaching the blackout lining hem.

  6. 6

    Press the seam allowances toward the blackout lining.

  7. 7

    Position the blackout lining so it is centred on the fabric.

  1. 1

    Stitch a 1/2-inch seam across the top of the blackout-lined curtain.

  2. 2

    Pin pre-measured pleat tape to the back of the curtain, 1/2 inch from the top.

  3. 3

    Turn the edges of the tape under and sew.

  4. 4

    Fold up 3 inches from the bottom of the curtain and then fold again. Baste the hem. Do not press the hem. Hang the curtain for three days and remove basting. Adjust the hem if needed, then hem and press.

Tips and warnings

  • Tie back the curtains for a brighter room.
  • Purchase extra fabric in order to match patterns.

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