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We have a lot of windows in our newly renovated bedroom, and since my dd will wake up at 5am if I don't block out the light, I need some material, preferably inexpensive, which I can sew onto the back of our curtains, which will make the room dark. Anyone know of anything? And where I could get it? Thanks!!!<br>
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There is a fabric specifially for this purpose, it's called Black-out fabric <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's not cheap, though, I think it was $14 a yard or something like that. You might be able to find it at JoAnn or Hancocks. I made a very simple curtain with it, just hemmed it the length I needed and used curtain clips to attach it. It's made with a thick laminate (sort of like PUL but thick and no light gets through) so needles make holes, but it wasn't too bad.<br><br>
You could probably use any dark, heavy fabric, but this stuff works the best for blocking out light, our room gets pitch black, even with all the lights on next door.
 

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Motels use a rubber backed material for light blocking. I have seen in a magazine rubber linners for curtains cant remember how pricey though. I always wanted to find some material for light blocking but have never found a place to buy just material.<br><br>
You can go really tacky and use aluminum foil.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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There is drapery lining that you can buy that will block out all light. I paid either $8 or $10 Cdn. for it. I just made a panel for our patio doors lined with it. I found it very difficult to sew with because it slides around. My mother took over and she used tissue paper to keep it in place.
 

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This worked for me and it was cheap.....<br><br>
It doesn't totallly block out light, but almost- I just used a dark, hunter green sheet. The kind that is made of t-shirt type material. I just tacked it at the top and bottom of the window sill, then I have the blinds, then the cute curtains. It makes it so I can not easily open the windows in the boys room, but hey I don't want my twins up at the "crack of dawn"
 

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I could not find any curtains to completely block the light from our bedroom so I just hung a black trash bag over the window and put curtains up over it. It may not be the best looking thing in the world but it allows me to sleep a little in the morning.
 

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We're a bit on the tacky side too but we bought a heavy duty black shower curtain liner and tacked it up around the window - works wonders. DH calls our bedroom the "bat cave" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thanks for all the responses! I went to the local sewing shop today and found a material, actually a fabric called black-out lining, and it is made of a rubber type backing with a black fabric inner and a thicker grey material on the outer shell. It was $11.00 Can. a metre, but it totally blocks out the light. Now I just have to find my sewing machine and pretend that I know how to sew! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thanks again, everyone!
 
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