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post #21 of 39
I want to try to make some kind of window covering, but dh thought it'd be better to have something on the outside of the window casing, to more effectively cover the window. Will post, if I manage to make something, and share what I end up doing.
post #22 of 39
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Anyone done anything yet? I keep saying I will : I think, realistically, it won't happen til after Halloween. We just have so much going on lately, but after all the Halloween activities are over it will calm down a bit.
post #23 of 39
I'm making a draft stopper tonight after DD goes to bed. We have an outside door that I can (no joke) see daylight around. I got the sides & top sealed off this afternoon, all thats left is the bottom. Then I'm going to measure the windows we're not replacing for quilts. Probably end up doing the others too, but they'll be better windows soon so not so vital.
post #24 of 39
I saw window quilts at plow and hearth but i am not a quilter, so I won't even attempt to make them but I sure think they are pretty. I wonder if I could find some quilts in coordinating colors for the windows?

I am crafty in many ways but not a quilter. I am going to make a door stopper thing.

and I am asking my grandma to make me some slippers!
post #25 of 39
My "quilts" won't actually be quilted, or pieced. Just padded curtains, probably.
post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by ShannonCC View Post
I don't know (never done this before) but I'm going to try it your way because it sounds like I can actually *do* that :LOL It sounds easier, faster and cheaper than the other instructions. It should work. Maybe it won't be as complete as putting one over the entire window frame, but I'm intending to keep the regular curtains up anyway so this will just be an extra layer. I guess the only downside is if you have little ones who'd yank them down

Well, fishing around in my stash and whadya know, I found leather, :LOL I swear Jimmy Hoffa is in this house somewhere but no one will ever find him because of the clutter I know dh has a leather punch in the shop somewhere so I'll give that a try. Does anyone have directions? Do I just trace their feet on the leather and then sew it onto a sock bottom? Is that machine washable though?

I haven't noticed a certain direction the wind comes from but that might just be me being unobservant Today I got a piece of tissue and got dd (7) involved in going around the house seeing what windows/doors had drafts. Didn't find a single one, but that may be because she was having so much fun she was running from window to window giving it no time to blow :LOL I've decided I'm just going to do the bedrooms first. We can bundle up during the day but at night, no matter how much we bundle my nose freezes off and I start sneezing and I end up turning up the heat.

Anyone started any of this?

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Well, my lazy solution has been to nail fleece blankets to the window frames : and then hang curtains from rods over that. It ain't pretty, but it works. We bought a couple sets of insulated curtains and, combined with the fleece, the rooms with those windows stay really warm.

I can't sew worth a whit so I can't do that "pocket" thingie at the top of a curtain to slide a rod in, BUT, I am wondering if maybe instead of my ugly, lazy solution you could poke holes in fleece (or heavier wool?) and use those grommet thingies, big enough so you could hang them from a rod? I wish I could explain it better... it's clear as a bell in my head.
post #27 of 39
Fleece won't unravel, so you could cut slits for the curtain rod and just weave the rod through - I know exactly what you're talking about.
post #28 of 39
This thread is really cool! Hanging blankets over windows used to be a "cheap, poor" thing as far as I've ever known. Now it's "cost-effective and insulating". I think that's fantastic!! lol

I like the idea of the quilts, but would probably find fleece an easier thing to put up. Still, it is a smart thing to do and hopefully I will do it instead of simply "think" about it, lol.

Here's a pattern for fleece socks (can be slippers) that I came across. It may have been here, not sure...still, it's worth a repeat: http://www.hancockfabrics.com/jump.j...emType=CONTENT .
post #29 of 39
I made panels, cut from foamcore board then padded with batting and coverd with a pretty fabric, to go over the accorian things to the side of the AC in the window. I cut them so they completely cover all the hardware too. They cut noise aswell as insulating and looking nice.
post #30 of 39
My draft stopper is finished. made from PUL scraps. Stuffed with Swheat kitty litter. I made one with a bolster (?) for either side of the door, but it doesn't work that way for that door, so they're just stacked one on top of the other on the inside of the door.

Seems to be working. The furnace is turning on way less frequently tonight. That door is 2 feet away from the thermostat, so there was a huge effect, I'm sure. Yay!

I also went to the fabric store today. Project for tomorrow (maybe Sunday) is to get at least 3 window blankets done. The ones for the master bedroom (since that's where all of us sleep), I'm doing 2 layers of fleece with a layer of blackout fabric in between. After those three come the 3 drafty windows in the addition.
post #31 of 39
I never did do the window thing last year. We did buy the poly plastic and some double sided tape, but never got it up. Maybe this year. As much as I dislike plastic, and the fact that once it's up there, it's up there, I like the idea of light coming through. Will miss the window ledges though.
post #32 of 39
We hang blankets and quilts over windows using the plastic clips out of hardware dept....they are hinged usually black with orange tips, I found som colored ones at sears.

The "puffy" t-shirt paint works best for slipper treads
...if you use hot glue DO NOT put inthe dryer (might be ok if you have a high temp gun)

How about a warm robe for everyone?
post #33 of 39
I LOVE this thread! I made a fleece cover for our non- working fire place last year and it makes a huge difference! Now if I can just get around to making the window coverings!
post #34 of 39
i may have to make some window blankets....
oh the hot gule works awesome on slippers
post #35 of 39
I don't think hot glue will work. It peels off of fabric easily.

This is a cool thread though and has some great ideas.
post #36 of 39
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I don't think hot glue will work. It peels off of fabric easily.
I *think* a good quality glue or gluegun can help this (don't quote me on that, though!). Also, if you are using this on a knitted "fabric" rather than a woven one, it will probably adhere better.


We are doing the plastic over the windows (with the blinds pulled up all the way open first) and I am just finishing plain ole' curtains. We have a curtain rod up in front of our sunroom (a big arched opening off the dining room) and have had 2 flat bed sheets up there for the past year or so. The temperature difference on either side of the sheet is amazing -- I cannot believe thin sheets make such a difference! We're also putting up a curtain over the arch in our entryway -- our door is original to the house (almost 100 years old) and is ridiculously drafty.
post #37 of 39
When I was growing our family had a door snake that lived in front of our door - very cool! I need to make retractable window blankies. We only have 5 windows on the south of our house and I want them open during the day . Need to figure out a way to retract them...
post #38 of 39
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When I was growing our family had a door snake that lived in front of our door - very cool! I need to make retractable window blankies. We only have 5 windows on the south of our house and I want them open during the day . Need to figure out a way to retract them...
You could make them like romanshades, it is alot of work though. I was making insulated roman shades for our windows and my husband got impatient and ordered honeycomb shades : .
post #39 of 39
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You could make them like romanshades, it is alot of work though. I was making insulated roman shades for our windows and my husband got impatient and ordered honeycomb shades : .
Thay was my thought too, but it does sound tricky!
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