How To Make {very light} Curtains Into Black Out Panels

When we were putting our boys’ rooms together, their curtains were very easy. For each room, I just bought a pair of navy panels and a pair of white panels, layered them and hung them (later, I lengthened them and changed the tab tops to belt loop tops–you can read all about that here). They darken the rooms perfectly for nap times and before-the-sun-sets summer bedtimes.

01 black out line curtains

But when it came to our daughter, there wasn’t such a simple solution. Her Pottery Barn Kids pale pink curtains let in a lot of light, even with the blinds behind them closed. They are gorgeous curtains, but we knew they would not be functional as they were.

02 black out line curtains fabric

So I headed to our local fabric store looking for a deal. i knew I would need several yards of fabric to line these curtains, and that the liner fabric would have to be heavy/opaque without being dark. I checked the discount tables and bins and found this pale mauve faux suede that fit the bill. And just under $4/yard in the last chance clearance bin, I knew I had a winner!

03 black out line curtains back

The curtains are already lined (in a typical white lightweight liner), so I chose not to take them apart, add the liner, then resew them. The lined curtains were the perfect “pillowcase” into which to slip my lining.

04 black out line curtains lining peek

So I measured (and remeasured and triple measured) and then cut the liner fabric to fit perfectly in between the curtain front panel and liner. I didn’t bother hemming the edges but just cut them with pinking shears to avoid fraying. I laid the curtains and liner out on the floor and worked the liner into the “pillowcase” until it was all lined up.

05 black out line curtains detail

Then I secured the lining by running a fancy stitch across the top of the panel. [I wanted more strength than just a straight stitch, so I chose this one for its width as well as its look. You could also run a simple double stitch along the top.]

01 black out line curtains

And since the liner color is white on one side and pale mauve on the other, it does not distort the color of the curtains. [Um, yes… the chair still needs a slipcover… file another thing under “some day”!]

No telling how expensive a custom pair of black out panels like this might cost, but as usual, i went the thrifty route! These panels came from a Pottery Barn outlet, too! I ended up purchasing a third panel which I cut in half and lined to make door window coverings for Sissy’s french doors. Go check out her whole on-a-shoestring nursery (here or click link below), wheeeeee!

LINK a diyer's home nursery tour

LINK a diyer's home cheap, easy curtain upgrade

LINK make & hang curtains in an afternoon {using a tablecloth}


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