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Would I regret making bedroom curtains out of canvas? I'm looking for
thick curtains to block the lights out of a baby's bedroom, and -- while
looking on-line for barkcloth -- found some canvas I like the looks of.

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SML

Re: canvas curtains?
Dear Sarah,

I suppose you could use canvas, if you use a lightweight type like
duck.  But why not put up a rolling shade?  It will block the light,
can be decorated to go with the baby's bedroom, and then you could use
any fabric you want for the curtains.

There is a big difference between home dec fabric and dress fabric.
Canvas in any color other than natural, will fade within six months.
That's why home dec fabrics are sold in a separate department.  The
dyes used for their manufacture are more permanent and also more
expensive.  Synthetic fibers are colored in a different way, so their
colors are retained better than natural fibers.

Teri


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There's already a venetian blind in the window, so there's no room for a
rolling shade, but it's not enough on the mornings. I want to have a
blind _and_ curtains, in the hopes that she'll sleep past dawn. I'm one
step away from lining her window with tinfoil.
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I didn't know that. Thanks.


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SML

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Sara Lorimer wrote:
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Why not make curtains using blackout curtain lining?  It looks cream,
but blocks all the light.  I've used it several times and it works well.

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This is what I would do. Find a fabric you like for the bedroom to show on
the room side and line with the room darkening fabric. That way you get
decoration and light blocking without interfering with your blinds all in
one fell swoop. I knew Kate would answer eventually :)


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;-)  I remember that feeling.  How about lining curtains with
blackout lining?

There are several sites that come up on a google search, for both
ready made curtains and fabric:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=blackout+lining&btnG=Google+Search

fabric by the yard:
http://www.housefabric.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=848

I would think that would be far more satisfactory in a baby's
room than "canvas".  And it would *really* block the light, you
might put all that work into the canvas and find light still
seeps in.  To get the best result, the curtains should be a few
inches larger in every dimension than the window.

Beverly, just finished mowing the lawns, back to sewing....




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BEI Design wrote:
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I have to jump in here about the blackout lining.  I've used it for both
of my children when they were young (DD still has curtains with it) and
it helps a LOT!!!  DS's room is away from the sun, so he gets up with
ihs alarm or with me, but DD sleeps and sleeps....I can usually have
until 730 or so before she even starts waking up....definitely something
I would say look into.

Larisa

Re: canvas curtains?
Dear Sara,

Is this your first child?  I've raised two children and five
grandchildren.  So long as they are fed, dry and comfy, they'll sleep
regardless of the light.  Now myself, I am distracted even by the
digital clock and the light on the telephone--I want complete
darkness.

Teri


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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:
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Maybe.  My fourth child was so light of a sleeper that the sound of a
paper blowing across the hardwood floor would wake up him.  When he was
a toddler and woke up in the middle of the night, he would let himself
out of his crib, go to the kitchen, pull snacks out and have a
middle-of-the-night snack (leaving the snacks out but thankfully closing
the refridgerator door), and go back to bed.

He sleeps perfectly fine these days at age 15, though.

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snipped-for-privacy@TRASHsonic.net says...
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His name is Dagwood?


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Second. My first slept like yours, but this one wakes up if anyone even
thinks about the sun.

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SML

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Let me add to the votes for blackout curtain lining.

It blocks out the light, protects the decorator curtain fabric from sun
damage... and provides a consistent look on the outside of the house.  It
can be surprising on how odd it looks from the outside when there are
different, or clashing window treatments.



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Thanks to all of you for the blackout fabric advice and links. That's
what I'll do.

On that topic... should I was the blackout fabric before sewing it? I
just got some yesterday, but forgot to ask in the fabric store.

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SML

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Sara Lorimer wrote:
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That really may depend on the particular product.  I would call
the store and ask before risking the fabric in a washer.  And be
sure you ask about machine drying while you're at it.

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:

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Addendum:  just found at a site which sells RTW Block-Out liners:
"Dry clean only"

And denverfabric.com has several brands:
http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/static/decorator/drapery-lining.htm
but doesn't specify cleaning method(s).

I would still ask at the store where you bought *your* fabric.

Beverly



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