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Hello girls,<br>
I need your help again! I'm in desperate need for finding thicker fabric (preferably darker colors) which would work well for curtains! DS's nursery is pretty much completed now, but we have blinds on the windows.. and needless to say that they let through ALL the sun/light!.. (Same in DD's room, which I'm considering sewing curtains for her room too!)<br><br>
Now my question is: Where would I find the 'perfect' fabric for this mission??? I've looked at the fabrics section at Walmart (that's the only store around here that carries fabric..) but everything they have is thin cotton it seems..<br><br>
Would I find something on JoAnn.com??? If so, for what do I look there???<br><br>
I'd appreciate your help, Ladies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Have a nice day!
 

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Most fabric stores around here have a home dec section (Hancocks Fabrics and Hobby Lobby both do), usually with fabric on wide bolts, not folded in half like fashion fabrics. Waverly is one brand. These are thicker and often stain or fireproofed. As for keeping light out, some good blackout lining is your friend--it will block out every bit of light.
 

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Wow, thanks so much for this info!!!<br>
So just to confirm, that blackout lining is something I'd put (sew) <b>behind</b> a fabric like cotton with kids' prints for ex.??? Do I understand that correctly???
 

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Right--Blackout would just be the white lining behind whatever you wanted to show in the room (it would show as white from the outside of the house). Although, I have seen curtains made out of fabric with a blackout-like substance on the back (kind of rubbery backing) but have never seen that stuff for sale.
 

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I made seperate blackout curtains for our windows, just hung them inside the window sills and then put pretty curtains in front. We barely had any ****** of light getting through.
 

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Thanks for your answers, girls, that really helps me a lot! -And here I was, thinking that 'blackout' lining was black! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
One last question: Where do I find blackout lining??? I've searched yesterday at Joann.com and also looked at Hancock's, but somehow nothing was found under 'blackout lining'??? I don't know what I'm doing wrong??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Here you go!<br><br>
fabric.com is a great source!<br><br><a href="http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=4d99d227-1543-4be0-b98b-b15f5956f690" target="_blank">Blackout Lining</a>
 

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also, your local Hancock's or Joann store might have it in the drapery department.
 

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Aww.. thanks, Lucy!<br>
That's so kind of you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (Guess I was really just to stupid to search correctly, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )<br><br>
rubelin,<br>
I wish we had a Joanns or Hancock around here, but we don't... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Ok, now ONE very last question.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
For estimating the right yardage I'd need for the curtains, how much extra to the actual width of the windows to I give??? -I don't want the curtains to be too much 'wrinkled'. (Don't know how to say that correctly in English?.. I mean the 'waves' up there where you hang them in the curtain rings or other..)<br>
I'd appreciate if you'd help me out with that last question too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Thank you!!!
 

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You mean gathered?? Usually with blackout curtains, they are barely gathered, since the fabric is so heavy the light will show around where the fabric waves away from the window. I made mine a couple of inches wider than the window just so there won't be gaps on the sides.<br><br>
Do you have any fabric stores near you?? I know I'm really spoiled with the number of fabric stores I have access to, I forget that lots of people don't.
 

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What about <a href="http://www.fabriclandwest.com/SewMuchMore/Home%20Decor/pinch_pleated_draperies.htm" target="_blank">Pinch Pleat Drapes</a> ? You can control the fullness really easily with this style.
 

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rubelin,<br>
thanks for the info! You can tell that I have no clue about how this blackout lining works, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
Unfortunately we don't have any fabric stores near us. I've heard of the closest being about 1h from us away -which until now I haven't gotten the chance to get out there and have a peek.. (We used to have a Joann's 10 min from us, but they replaced it with 'Old Navy' *arrgh*...)<br><br>
Alotasplainintodo,<br>
oh wow, thanks for that great link! (Too bad there's no pic of that style.. I kinda have some probs imagining it... but I guess it's also b/c my 3 yo is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"> right now next to me and I can't concentrate! (Plus the preggo brain! :LOL )<br><br>
Thanks so much for your help, ladies!!! Now I really just need to get OUT there and get everything ready so I can start -b4 DS is born!!! (6 weeks left!)
 

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Asked and answered!<br><br><a href="http://images.scrippsweb.com/HGTV/2003/08/15/designbasics_fabricwindowtreatments_pinchpleat_e.jpg" target="_blank">Illustration of Pinch Pleats</a>
 

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Lucy,<br>
I don't know what to say... You women here are just amazing... SO extremely helpful! I really appreciate it!!!<br><br>
Thank you a lot!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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