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Picking brains re blackout curtain linings.

(9 Posts)
Witzend Mon 23-May-16 12:12:44

Gd (13 months) is waking at 4 or 5 am when she never used to, and I can't help wondering whether it's at least partly down to time of year.

I have a load of cream blackout lining I never used. Her curtains are lined pencil pleats that I made ages ago for a baby dd, too nice to get rid of! However, now wondering whether I could make some v simple linings with Rufflette tape, less gathere than the originals, and just attach to a spare row of hook holes on the pencil pleat tape.
Any thoughts? It would seem simple enough, which makes me think there must be something wrong somewhere!

carolmary Mon 23-May-16 12:22:07

Yes you can Witzend. I've done it myself. .You can probably still buy the kind of Rufflette sold for detachable curtain linings. If not just buy the very narrow one.

trisher Mon 23-May-16 12:33:14

If you don't want to take on the work you can buy a blackout blind that sticks to the window. GD has one-so useful it can be moved and taken on holiday.

Maggiemaybe Mon 23-May-16 12:51:34

I have one of those, trisher and it's great. We have a street light bang outside the house and ordinary linings let in its light round the edges. With the blind there's complete blackout.

Witzend Mon 23-May-16 13:43:23

Thanks, all - I can't find the wretched lining now! Can't think I've thrown it out, but where on earth...? I bought it years ago and never got around to the linings.

Witzend Mon 23-May-16 13:50:25

Still, if it doesn't turn up they have it in John Lewis, £7 a metre, not too ruinous since they're not very big curtains. If dd wants, will measure up this week. Shouldn't take long. Nothing like the 2 enormous cushions I've recently made for a big seating area in their garden! Hadn't used the sewing machine for so long, I'd almost forgotten how to use it!

Linsco56 Mon 23-May-16 13:55:12

That's exactly what I have done Witzend on all bedroom windows which are south facing. Works perfectly well.

rubysong Tue 24-May-16 13:19:06

It is well worth doing. I put blackout lining in the spare room curtains when DGS was little and he slept better. There was some left over and we tuck it over our curtains (small cottage window). We sleep very well in the dark but wake early in the light mornings if we haven't put it up.

eGJ Tue 24-May-16 15:04:45

You could think of blackout blinds; cheap and easy to buy and install and not much effort!! You can get child-safe pulleys too