To Top

Make Your Own Blackout Curtains

Instead of paying $50 and up for blackout curtains, just go through old clothes and find opaque large skirts, t-shirts, or button-up shirts and sew them all together to fit your window. It helps if you have a sewing machine, but it can still be done by hand.


I actually went to Goodwill and bought a king-size sheet that is folded on one end, which leaves a small flap of sewn fabric to put the curtain rod through. I cut the sheet in half, vertically and then I sewed all my husband's old XXL dark blue and black t-shirts and extra fabric to the other side.

Mine could have turned out better, but I was in a rush and wanted the curtains that night so I could finally get some sleep. A bonus is that they were almost free, and they also insulate my room in the summer and winter. In the summer, it keeps the hot rays of the sun out and in the winter it keeps the cold draft out.

The picture shows the other side of the curtains with the sewn shirts on it. If you have time, you can buy two sheets so you can have a decorative curtain on both sides, so that the opposite side of the curtains looks better than sewn-together shirts.


By shooshine from Los Angeles, CA

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

February 4, 20130 found this helpful

Great idea for someone who sleeps during the day. I just may use this idea. Thanks

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
February 4, 20130 found this helpful

I had a friend who worked nights, he went and bought 2 navy blue polar fleece blankets, sewed a rod casing across one of the short ends of each, and hung them up. Perfect, and easy care. Added bonus-the fabric was so thick it insulated his room-cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content
In This Guide
a dark bedroom
Making Blackout Window Curtains
Crafts Home DecorApril 25, 2011
Hanging Curtains With Pleat Hooks
Hanging Curtains
Ruffled flowery curtains on pane glass window.
Sewing Your Own Curtains
Make Curtains With Grommet
Making Curtains With Grommets
A sewing machine making repairs.
Repairing Thermal Backing on Curtains
Halloween Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/10/15 05:33:50 in 833 msecs. ⛅️️
Loading Something Awesome!