How to Make Window Treatments to Block Out the Sun

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How to Make Window Treatments to Block Out the Sun
Heavy curtains protect the interior of your home from the sun. (Stage Curtains image by Darragh Tobin from

Sunshine coming through your bedroom window each morning is not everyone's idea of perfect. For those who work nights or just prefer sleeping in for the day, blocking out the sun is a welcome event. Sun can also cause fading of furniture and carpets, providing a reason to block out the light even in the living areas of the home. Making your own sun-blocking window treatments can save you money and effort.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 pieces of dark, heavy material
  • Sewing notions
  • Rounded-edge curtain rods
  • Stuffing
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Measure for your new treatments. Begin 2 inches above the window and measure completely to the floor. Add 8 inches to this for your length. Measure from 4 inches wider than the window on each side and double this number for your width.

  2. 2

    Lay one piece of your material lengthwise face up. Lay the second piece directly on top, facing downward. Line the pieces up at top and sides. Sew a 1/4-inch seam on the right edge to join the pieces together to form one panel. Then sew a 1/4-inch seam around the left, bottom and right side.

  3. 3

    Lay your panel face down and turn a 8-inch fold on the top. Sew a 1/4-inch seam all the way along the edge of your fold. Measure 2 inches toward the top of the panel from your first seam and sew a second seam all the way across.

  4. 4

    Hang your curtain rod holders to the wall, according to the manufacturer's directions.

  5. 5

    Place your curtain rod between the two seams at the top of your panel. Stuff the section above the rod with your selected stuffing.

  6. 6

    Hang your rod on the holders and push your panel completely to the wall on each side. Fold the stuffed area over the top of the rod to touch the wall behind it. Arrange the top stuffing of the panel as needed to block incoming light.

Tips and warnings

  • You may use newspaper to stuff your upper panel. Pillow stuffing or quilt batting works as well.
  • Choose curtain rods that curve completely to the wall.
  • If your material is not heavy enough, light will come through around the edges. Select a brocade patterned or velvet material to avoid this problem.

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