Today I went from not understanding how to thread or operate our sewing machine (it's been in the attic the entire time).... to making 3 blackout shades/panels for our Scamps 3 14" square windows
. Besides sewing on some buttons, and hemming a few pairs of pant legs 3-4 years ago I haven't really sewed anything since middle school HomeEc class.
Nevertheless I am very pleased with the shades so far. I used red outdoor fabric (olefin fibers) and RonLoc blackout lining. They attach to the top of the window with Velcro. Hook side is self adhesive onto the aluminum frames, the loop side is sewed onto the back of the fabric- you can buy it a mixed pack like this, it's called "DECOR". At the bottom of the shade is a small pocket with a wooden 1/2" dowel rod. The dowel rod helps to roll up the fabric evenly. They are also notched on the side to accommodate the window cranks so that the shade can fit perfectly flush with window frames to block out all light
. I will add a few spots of strategically placed Velcro on the bottom to really keep them closed up tight.
I will make the shades for the remaining windows
in a similar fashion, but may modify the design a little bit on a few of the others so that I can just raise the blackout lining under the red fabric to let in some light
, while still retaining complete privacy. Or I might just create a method to lower just the top of the shades a few inches for similar results. I have many ideas on how to do both of these things, as well as methods for keeping the rolled up shades in place-- I just need to experiment with them a bit and make up my mind.
The folded/cut white paper is a demonstration of how I created the notch for the crank hands posts. I used a backstitch around the pimento of the notch to hold back the fold parts, and then followed it up with an edge-loop-stitch (not sure if that's the proper term) that goes around the edge of the opening. I followed that up with some Fray Check and paid special attention to the inside corners- as they cannot be hemmed properly using this method.