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DIY Insulated Blackout Curtains

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I have been wanting to get something like these tie up shades from Amazon for a while, but at $45 each they just weren't in the budget. So instead, I decided to make my own for about $2 each.

I found six plain matching curtain panels in a fabric I liked at a thrift store for $5. They were the perfect width, so with a few simple stitches I had some new custom blackout shades. All I did was measure the height of my windows, added two inches and cut. I then took a plastic shower curtain liner (I had an extra one so I didn't have to buy one) and cut it to the same size as the new curtains. I simply sewed the plastic liner to the back of the curtain panels, did a straight hem on the bottom, and made the ties out of a 3rd panel. To keep things even simpler, I made the old bottom hem the new top rod pocket. It was the perfect size for my small rods and saved me a step in the sewing process (as well as some thread).

They turned out great! Our windows are older and drafty, so I wanted something to block the wind and also the light/heat in summer. I only used 3 of the 6 panels, so I plan to make a skirt out of one panel and still have another set to use somewhere in my house or maybe sell on Craigslist for a profit!
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I have been wanting to do something similar myself. Great Idea. I will begin my search at the thrift store. We live in Florida and the heat that comes in through our living room windows is extreme. I try to keep the AC off as much as possible but it get so hot that even with the windows and doors open it is almost unbearable. I thought if I could block some of the heat coming in that would help keep it cool. Thanks for the idea.
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we just moved to the back bedroom and the sun glares in at dawn. I am going to try these blackout curtains to block out the light. I'm losing my beauty sleep at the moment.

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I have been wanting to do something similar myself. Great Idea. I will begin my search at the thrift store. We live in Florida and the heat that comes in through our living room windows is extreme. I try to keep the AC off as much as possible but it get so hot that even with the windows and doors open it is almost unbearable. I thought if I could block some of the heat coming in that would help keep it cool. Thanks for the idea.

I finally found some curtains for my living room windows. All I have to do is hem them up about 1". I went ahead and hung them anyway and can already tell this afternoon how much cooler it is in here. YEAH
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brilliant! thank you
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