It sounds weird, but I was thinking about my options for insulated blinds and here they are:
- Buy the warm weather-proofing stuff from JoAnn's. I think it's about $30/yard, but has a layer of batting in between layers of plastic-ey stuff and is qulited, and you add your fabric of choice in front.
- Buy the rubber-backed fabrics from JoAnn's and add fabric to the front. I've done this before, but it is really more blackout blind fabric than warm blind stuff--it makes the room completely dark, and, I imagine, a little warmer. It's more like $8/yard if I remember right. I don't like how dark it is, though.
- (This was an "ah-ha!" moment:) Use extra quilt batting and make my own warm insulated blinds with a fabric backing and decorative fabric front. Sometimes you can get quilt batting pretty cheaply.
- (And even more "ah-ha-ha!" moment:) What existing item out there is quilted, insulated, and fabric-backed already? Yes, blankets--remember those polyester-ey quilted bedspreads at cheap hotels in the 60's-90's? They came in all kinds of heinous prints. But they're the perfect weight and insulation for a window blind! Why not use one of those, if you can find one that's not too weird-looking?
Immediately after having this last thought, I found this at the Goodwill Outlet:
Here's the simple tutorial:
- Measure your windows. You'll want to make blinds in pretty much exactly the same measurements as your windows in both height and width.
- Cut the bedspread to the right size--add 1" on both vertical sides for the hems, and add about 4" to the length for the tension rod casing and the bottom hem. Here's an example of what you'll add:
- Window: 60" wide x 35" high
- Shade: 62" wide x 39" long
- The easy thing about turning the quilted bedspread into a shade is that, since it's so bulky and already quilted, you can easily fold under the edge only once and you won't have any raveling or excess bulk. Do this on all four sides, making sure your top casing is open so the tension ride can slide through.
- Hang with a tension rod! (Forgive the bedroom pictures; it's one of the last rooms to get decorated since we moved!)
- Optional: Of course you can buy window shade hardware at the fabric store to make true Roman shades that you can pull up with a cord. Or, you can go the easy way like I did and use cute grosgrain ribbon to tie the shades up on either side if you want more light!
There you go--I hope it helps if you ever find the perfect quilted bedspread! ;) Or use the same technique with quilt batting and a back and front fabric.