Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blackout Drapes Tutorial

Blackout drapes are awesome! They keep out the sunlight, which can be great for naps, and/or people with east-facing windows who don't want a 5am sunrise wake-up call. I have to apologize up front about lack of pictures. I took pictures while I was making these, but that was a couple of months ago, and now I can't find them anywhere. The sewing is pretty basic, so I hope my instructions are adequate. Please let me know if you have any questions. Here we go.

Materials needed:
-Coordinating Thread
-Blackout fabric
This is what blackout fabric looks like. Ask someone at the fabric store where to find it. I've seen it with upholstery fabric, by interfacing, etc., so your best bet is just to ask where it is.1. Measure your window. The window these were made for is 48" tall x 58"wide.

2. Cut 2 panels from your fabric. I cut 56.5" x 44" (width of fabric) for each panel. The 56.5" correlates to how tall your window is, so if your window is 25" tall, add 8.5" for the fabric. This will allow for hems, the curtain rod spot, and a little overhang at the bottom of the window. Since we have two panels, the width will be about 88", so there is a slight ruffle when the drapes are shut.

3. Cut 2 panels of blackout fabric 52" x 42", adjust accordingly for your window dimensions. 4.5" x 4" less than your fabric.
Note: Blackout fabric is wider than a standard bolt of fabric, so consider this when purchasing your fabric. You might not need as much. Ex: We needed about 3 1/4 yds of cotton, but only 2 1/3 yd of blackout fabric, because we only had to make two cuts of 42" since the width was the needed 52", whereas the cotton is only 44" wide so we had to make two 56.5" cuts.

4. Press sides and bottom of each fabric panel for 1/2" hem. (Fold 1/2" towards the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold another 1/2" and press.) Fold the top edge down 1/2" and press, then fold 2 1/2" down and press.

5. Lay blackout fabric on top of the wrong side of your fabric panels, placing it underneath your presses. Trim blackout fabric if necessary. Pin in place. Stitch together around all four sides.

6. From the top edge, measure down 2" and mark with a marking pen/tool across the entire panel. Stitch along this marked line. Now you have a place for the curtain rod to go. Repeat on the other panel and you are finished! Close those drapes and enjoy the darkness (and extra sleep).Tomorrow is the window valance, but you'll have to hop over to Somewhat Simple, where I'm guest blogging, for the tutorial!

For the rest of the crib bedding tutorials, click below:

Crib Bedskirt
Appliqued Throw Pillow
Crib Bumper
All-Star Baby Quilt
Diaper Stacker


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. love the blackout drapes and could desperately use some.. but what is blackout fabric? Is it just black or is it different colors? Thats probably a silly question but I've never used it before. Thanks

  3. Thanks Debilou for the questions. Post has been edited to show picture of blackout fabric.

  4. In a pinch I have used a black flat sheet from Walmart- cheap and blocks lots of light!! Makes a great lining, b/c the hem is already there! Just cut your face fabric 5" wider than the lining, turn the edges back and under to make a nice edge detail, and blind stitch in place!

    P.S. Stop by my blog and webstore sometime :)

  5. How beautiful it came out. the drapes look so fantastic.

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