Blackout curtains are made with blackout lining, which is an opaque off-white or white material that blocks out all light. Blackout curtains block any light coming into a room, ensuring a restful sleep for light-sensitive people or people who need to sleep during the day. Blackout curtains keep a room completely dim, blocking out headlights from cars and ambient light from light pollution or street lights. Making your own blackout curtain that threads onto a normal curtain rod is a straightforward process.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Tape measure
- Fashion fabric
- Blackout lining
- Matching thread
Measure the window. The height should run from the curtain rod to where you want the curtain to fall, which will be the windowsill. The width is the measurement from the outer edge of the window to the opposite outer edge.
Add 5 inches to the height measurement. This is the length of your curtain.
Multiply the width measurement by 1.5 and add 1 inch for the seam allowance. This is the width of your curtain.
Cut the fashion fabric to the final measurements.
Subtract 2 inches from the final measurements and cut the blackout fabric to the new measurements.
Hem both rectangles of fabric by folding the edges back 1 inch twice and stitching them flat.
Lay the fashion fabric flat on your workspace, pattern side down.
Center the blackout fabric on top of the fashion fabric with one wide edge flush with the wide edge of the fashion fabric. This is the top of your curtain.
Fold both of the flush edges down toward you by 2 inches and pin the fold together, creating a channel. You only need to fold once as the edges are already hemmed.
Sew along the edge of the channel from one edge of the curtain to the other. You are creating a channel that allows the curtain to be threaded onto the curtain rod.
Remove the pins and hang your curtain.
Tips and warnings
- Press your curtain after folding the channel for the curtain rod, as it will make it easier to pin the channel straight.
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