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?
- No stinky fumes!
- It’s easy.
- It’s fast.
- It’s pretty cheap.
- These can be taken down for daytime.
- 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:
- Fold the top of the material down to about 5 inches and pin it.
- Sew a straight line, about 3 1/2 inches from the top…
- Sew another straight line, about 2 inches from the top, then remove pins.
- Insert the suspension rod between the two lines.
- 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!
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?
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