Make Thermal, Insulated Blackout Shades

4 Materials
$30
1 Hour
Easy

This project is an easy and cost-effective way to temporarily insulate your windows. We're loving these shades so far this winter. It's an excellent solution if your windows aren't that great but you can't replace them.
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(Note: For the tutorial, I'm working with a scaled-down version for ease of instruction. Our windows aren't this tiny, thankfully!)
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You'll need three types of fabric: blackout fabric, insulated fabric, and regular fabric. Sew the blackout fabric and decorative fabric together with the right sides facing one another. Leave one side open and flip inside out.
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Slide your insulating fabric in, then pin and sew the opening shut.
make thermal insulated blackout shades, how to, reupholster, window treatments, windows
Here is my shade:
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To learn more details about this project, you can check out the detailed tutorial at my blog linked below. You can also learn about how I hang and store the shades using no-hole solutions. Oh, and if you like this project, definitely check out my super easy tutorial for a baby blanket—if I can sew it, it only requires minimal sewing skills!

Suggested materials:

  • Blackout material
  • Insulating fabric
  • Decorative fabric
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Toni
    on Aug 28, 2018

    I am inspired! As a graveyard shift nurse I need the lights out in the daytime. I cannot wait to try this. Nite-Nite.

  • Colleen Schultz
    on Oct 26, 2018

    I used black felt, sliced button holes in the top inch or so and then hung the felt using the 3M hooks. It was great for keeping out the light, when I needed or wanted I could simply lift the felt off the hooks and wham there was the daylight! Very easy, price was great, it was dark but there was no insulation factor.

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