DIY Blackout Curtain

My girls have been waking at the crack of dawn, lately. Ladies, I am NOT a morning person! Something had to be done. As many of you know, I’m also not crazy about my little sweeties being exposed to unnecessary chemicals. Whatever store-bought blackout curtains and shades are made of, they stink to high heaven. My guess is that those fumes are less than wholesome, so…

I made my own blackout curtains! Before you say “I can’t sew!”, don’t panic. All you need to do is sew two straight lines. Promise!(Don’t worry, that curtain doesn’t stay up there during the day.)

Why Make Your Own Blackout Curtains?

  1. No stinky fumes!
  2. It’s easy.
  3. It’s fast.
  4. It’s pretty cheap.
  5. These can be taken down for daytime.
  6. S.L.E.E.P. (need I say more?)

What You’ll Need:

  • Black fleece at least 12 inches wider and 10 inches taller/longer than the window
  • Suspension rod
  • Sewing machine (you could do it by hand, but it would take awhile)
  • Black thread (confession: I didn’t have black, so I used navy blue. Shhh. Don’t tell!)

What to Do:

  1. Fold the top of the material down to about 5 inches and pin it.
  2. Sew a straight line, about 3 1/2 inches from the top…
  3. Sew another straight line, about 2 inches from the top, then remove pins.
  4. Insert the suspension rod between the two lines.
  5. Hang it in the window and arrange the extra material at the top to block as much light as possible (that’s why you made a pocket with two lines, rather than just one line).

There you go! That’s it! Check out these before and after pictures. I’d say that the black fleece blocks about 95% of the light!

Without the Blackout Curtain
With the Blackout Curtain

Pretty impressive, huh? One of the things I love about this project is the fleece. There’s no need to hem the edges and you only need one layer. This project literally takes only a few minutes (unless your sewing machine turns into an evil torture device, which mine did for the first curtain. Grrr….) 😉

Do your kiddos wake before you’re ready for them to? Have you tried blackout curtains?

38 thoughts on “DIY Blackout Curtain

  1. Wow. I could really use these for the same “early bird” children issue! Also, we are really interested in moving to Alaska (okay, not for 4 years but we need that time to prepare, LOL!) and these just made my day because 24 hr sun might make for a cranky mama and kiddos! 😀

    • We would LOVE to move to Alaska! I don’t suppose you could stash us in one of your boxes, huh? 😉
      Thanks so much for the comment! I hope these work as well for you as they have for us.

  2. Sonnie says:

    Brilliant… Absolutely brilliant 🙂 This may be a special question, but because they are fleece do you think they might help with some electric bills as well?

    • Aww, thanks Sonnie! Actually, we have a hard time keeping the baby’s room the same temperature as the rest of the house (3 exterior walls make that hard to do!) and this curtain seems to be helping with that. I don’t know how much it’s helping, but it is better than it was. 🙂

  3. Lisa Suit says:

    Oh I am SO going to do this! It’s a good morning if my 2 1/2 year old sleeps until 6 am! I already wasn’t a morning person to begin with, but with me EBF our almost 3 month old who still wakes up twice at night to nurse, I have been one sleepy Momma! Thanks so much for posting!

    • I hope it helps a ton!! I know how sleep-deprivation can make everything so much more difficult. Congrats on your new little one and thanks for the comment, Lisa! 🙂

  4. I love this! I have black out blinds in my bedroom that came with the house. They don’t roll up anymore but I don’t want to spend money to replace them either. I wonder if thismwould work with a dark purple fleece since my bedroom is painted in eggplant purple?

  5. Diane says:

    THank you so much for this idea! My fiance has to work the midnight shift, and its so hard for him to sleep during the day. This will help a whole lot. Gonna make some tomorrow. Again, THANK YOU!

  6. Yvette says:

    Thank you so much for the fleece blackout. Something else that works just as good and much cheaper. My girlfriend told me to get a black shower curtain from the dollar store and it worked.

    • It can be hard to find shower curtains that aren’t treated with chemicals to prevent mold and mildew growth. If you can find some without those chemicals, that would work really well! 🙂

  7. Claire says:

    Thanks for this, I dont have the problem of my daughter waking early, I have the trouble of her not going to sleep because its still light outside, so will definitely be giving this a go!

  8. Katie says:

    You are a lifesaver! My kids have been getting up at the crack of dawn since it has been getting light earlier. I try to get myself ready before they are up, but their new routine doesn’t let me do that. I searched online and found your tutorial. I immediately went out and got fabric. We will see how well it works tonight. My kids are napping and it looks like the middle of the night in their room! Thank you!!!!!!

  9. Carolyn says:

    Does it help with noise too? I have noisy neighbors and landlord refuses to out in new windows. (House was built in 1963 so you can imagine how “well” the windows were made)

    • I’m so sorry to hear that. We’ve lived in places with noisy neighbors and no sound insulation, too. No, I doubt that these would help block the sound, but I would suggest getting a “white noise” machine. We have found that it helps to drown out the sound some, but it also helps us not to startle awake, even when we’ve had neighbors being so loud we could hear them over the noise machine. Hope that helps!

    • At that house we all had closets, so I would just pull them down (rod and all!) and stick them in the closet. In this house, we have no bedroom closets at all, so I just tie them back along with the regular curtains. Not the prettiest arrangement, but it’s the best I can do at this point. 🙂

  10. Shirley says:

    The black out curtains in the store are dull. Not much selection. I work Healthcare and frequently work nights and have to try and sleep days, looks intetesting.

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