How to Make a Room Darkening Shade


Many of us have a room in our homes that might be exceptionally bright or sunny. If this room is your bedroom, it makes it especially difficult to sleep in the mornings. A room darkening shade can tone down a room that is too light and perhaps enable you to sleep later in the mornings.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Decorative fabric
  • Flat white sheet
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Drill
  • Curtain rod with hardware
  • Determine if you want the shade to hang inside or outside of the window frame. Measure the height and width of the window to determine how much fabric you will need. Add 2 inches to the top for the rod pocket and 1 inch to the bottom and sides for the hem.

  • Use the scissors to cut the fabric for the shade as well as the flat white sheet according to the measurements. The white sheet will provide the room darkening feature to your shade. It will help prevent light from coming through the fabric. Cut four strips of ribbon approximately 3 feet in length.

  • Place the fabric face down on a flat surface and place the white sheet on top face up. Turn the top of the fabric under 1 1/2 inches and pin it in place all along the width of the fabric. Turn the bottom and sides of the fabric under 1 inch and pin into place as well.

  • Stitch the pinned edge of the top, bottom and sides while removing the pins one at a time using the sewing machine.

  • Pin a strip of the ribbon to the front of the shade on each side approximately 4 inches from the edge. Next stitch it into place with the sewing machine. Turn the shade over to the back side and attach the remaining two strips of ribbon in the same location.

  • Hang the hardware for the curtain rod with the drill according to the package instructions. Insert the rod into the rod pocket at the top of the shade and hang it on the window.

  • Raise and lower the shade by adjusting the ribbon ties up or down.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make different shades to enhance your home with the change of seasons.

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