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    Super Member Alu_Rathbone's Avatar
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    I am going to buy these curtains for my dorm room but I'd like to make them black out curtains... what kind of fabric should I use and how can I make them?

    simplest procedure please!

    http://www.target.com/Room-Essential...k&frombrowse=1

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    Why not just buy some blackout curtains? Wal-Mart has them at a very reasonable price...

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    I bought roman shades to put in my den and let me tell you they sure do darken the room. its great on a hot day keeping the sun out of the room. I have not idea what to use to line those with.. Sorry. Love the color though

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    Jo Anne and Hancock's have lining fabric that is blackout material. It comes in light and dark color (at least it did when I looked) and is 54" wide. It is not cheap though and I agree with MinnieKat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnieKat
    Why not just buy some blackout curtains? Wal-Mart has them at a very reasonable price...
    I was going to, but we were there yesterday and I did not like the curtain selection at all, and anything in a fabric that was decent and that I actually liked... did not come in the black out or they were sheer... and they would come in one panel at $15 or more... but I saw these and I liked the fabric... and it comes with both panels...

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    I just used black knit fabric for my "black out" curtain in my Motor Home. It is soft and totally blocks out the light.

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    I have a friend who needs a room totally dark to sleep. She has drapes over her window, which she keeps closed, and behind that a flat black sheet has been folded over a suspension rod in the window frame. Does that make sense? So, the blinds hide it from the street and the drapes from the room view and she has three layers blocking her from the sun! This would be an inexpensive, no-sew fix (if, like her, you don't care to open those curtains!)

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    I did black out curtains out of dark bath towels. I sewed seam binding along the top edge and made loops to match the loops on the curtains and hung them behind the curtains on the rod. I figured I could just cut off the seam binding loops later and use the towels.

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    Why not just buy blackout curtains while you are at Target?
    Target is where my g-daughter got blackout curtains for her dorm windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    Why not just buy blackout curtains while you are at Target?
    Target is where my g-daughter got blackout curtains for her dorm windows.
    They surprisingly didn't have any... I might check the target that is closer to school... they might carry more...

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    I'm cheap. I taped aluminum foil over our bedroom windows, and hung up some curtains I'd made. :lol:

    We're on a night shift schedule, so we need the room to be dark while we sleep during the day. The aluminum foil works like a charm. :mrgreen:

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    I bought one of those foam filled velvety blankets, to use as backing/batting for a quilted window covering. It was cheap [less than $5 at a thrift store] keeps the light and heat outa the room, and keeps the sun from baking what would be good fabric.

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    I work night shifts. The best thing to black out a room is those roller blinds. I got some from Sears and they made my bedroom pitch black.

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    when we moved into our new house i started a new job- on the night shift- needing to sleep during the day- and summer time to boot---
    i made curtains for our bedroom---that work as well as any black out's
    they are simple large block pieced- dark blues-
    then i added warm & natural batting and denim for backing (found on sale for $4 a yard-60"wide- at fabric.com)
    i think i have about $20 into them and they are great---people come by-notice them and are always wanting to know where i got them :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise
    I'm cheap. I taped aluminum foil over our bedroom windows, and hung up some curtains I'd made. :lol:

    We're on a night shift schedule, so we need the room to be dark while we sleep during the day. The aluminum foil works like a charm. :mrgreen:
    Since we don't open our bedroom curtains anyway and our bedroom is in the back of the house we also put aluminum foil on our windows. Works great.

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    I use one of those sleep masks. The "substantial" ones are comfortable and do a good job. I get mine at The Container Store, although I've seen them elsewhere. I think they are filled with buckwheat hulls. I also use them on an airplane.

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    I cannot to aluminum foil, school campus and the faculty offices across from my room would not appreciate that... otherwise that was a good idea

    I might be checking other locations for curtains... thank you!

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