10 Free DIY Blackout Curtain Patterns for Beginners

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Having quality blackout curtains is essential for privacy and sleep. But buying ready-made blackout curtains can be expensive. Luckily, with some basic sewing skills and inexpensive materials, you can make custom blackout curtains for a fraction of store-bought ones.

Making your blackout curtains allows you to choose beautiful design fabrics and make them exactly the right size for your windows. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create blackout curtains that block light and add style to your home.

Top 10 DIY Blackout Curtains

1. No-Sew Blackout Curtains

DIY blackout curtains

These simple no-sew curtains are an easy beginner project. Use iron-on adhesive to join two layers of blackout fabric for instant curtains.

Length: As long as you want

Width: 2 to 3 times your window width

Materials:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics: blackout fabric + decor fabric
  • Iron-on hem tape
  • Curtain rings

Instructions:

  1. Choose the length and width of the screen. You can make folded pleat blackout curtains easily according to your window size.
  2. Fold the fabric over twice and iron-on hem tape to make a 2-inch double hem on the top and sides of each piece.
  3. Align pieces with right sides facing. Iron to fuse layers.
  4. Hang using rings on a curtain rod.

2. Rod Pocket Blackout Curtains

Rod Pocket DIY Blackout Curtains

hese easy-to-hang blackout curtains come with a rod pocket at the top. Simply slide the rod through the pocket to hang them up.

Length: Floor-to-ceiling

Width: 2 times the window width

Materials:

Blackout fabric

Decorative fabric (optional)

Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Cut fabric to the length and width needed.
  2. Fold over 5 inches and press to form a rod pocket. Sew the top hem in place.
  3. Fold the sides in 1/4 inch and press them together. Add side hems.
  4. Cut a pretty cloth the same size as the blackout fabric to add it. Topstitch around all sides and fold the edges over by 1/2 inch.
  5. Slide the rod through the pocket to hang.

3. Buckwheat Hull Blackout Curtains

Buckwheat Hull Blackout Curtains

 

Blackout in Buckwheat Hull Natural buckwheat hulls are used to make curtains that keep out noise and keep in heat. They make a quiet, dark space that is great for sleeping or resting during the day.

 

Length: Floor to 6 inches above

Width: 2.5 x window width

Materials:

  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Buckwheat hulls
  • Dowel rods
  • Curtain clips
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Cut fabric into panels the length you want. The width should be about 40% wider than the window.
  2. Make a tube 3-4 inches wide by folding a long edge over 1/4 inch, then 3 inches. Sew long edges.
  3. Fill tubes with hulls and sew ends closed. Repeat to make a total of 5-8 tubes for each curtain.
  4. Overlap panel edges 1/2 inch and topstitch together.
  5. Insert dowels at the top and bottom edges. Slide clips onto dowels to hang.

4. Tab Top Blackout Curtains

Tab Top Blackout Curtains

 

This pattern has tabs at the top to slide onto a sheer curtain rod for hanging. The tabs keep light from peeking through the edges.

Length: Floor to 6 inches above

Width: 2 times the window width

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Decorative fabric (optional)
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Cut fabric to the length and width needed.
  2. Make tabs by cutting 4-inch wide strips of the width of the panel. Fold under 1/4 inch, then 1 inch. Topstitch.
  3. Align tabs evenly across the top. Mark positions lightly with a fabric marker.
  4. Fold the top edge over 1/2 inch, then fold over again to meet the tab edges. Pin and sew a top hem, securing tabs inside.
  5. Fold side edges 1/4 inch, then 1 inch. Sew side hems.
  6. Insert the rod through tabs to hang curtains.

5. Grommet Top Blackout Curtains

Grommet Top Blackout Curtains

Grommets add a decorative touch and keep light out through the top edge. The light blockage is the answer to why you should install blackout curtains in your room.

Length: Floor to 6 inches above

Width: Each panel = 1.5 x window width

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Decorative fabric (optional)
  • Eyelet Curtain
  • Grommet tool
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Cut 2 panels to the length and width specified.
  2. Hem the sides and bottom by folding over 1/4 inch, then 1 inch. Topstitch hems.
  3. Mark spots for grommets evenly across the top edge. Make sure they align on both panels.
  4. Install grommets using a grommet tool.
  5. Overlap the 2 panels by 6 inches at the center. Topstitch overlap.
  6. Hang panels on a curtain rod using the grommets.

6. Band Top Blackout Curtains

Band Top Blackout Curtains

 

This simple pattern uses a wide band at the top with a casing for the curtain rod. The band keeps the edges flush with the wall.

Length: Floor to 6 inches above

Width: 2 times the window width

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Decorative fabric (optional)
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Firstly, cut bedroom curtain fabric according to specific measurements.
  2. Make a band by cutting a strip 8 inches wide, the full width of the panel. Sew short ends together to make a loop.
  3. Pin band to the top of the panel, overlapping edges by 1/2 inch. Sew in place.
  4. Fold the band in half lengthwise and then sew along the lower edge to form a casing.
  5. Fold side and bottom edges over 1/4 inch, then 1 inch. Topstitch hems.
  6. Thread the rod through the casing to hang.

7. Contoured Blackout Curtains

Contoured Blackout Curtains

 

Get a perfect light-blocking fit with these contoured curtains. The curved hem falls exactly 1/2 inch above the floor. Make sure you have followed the right ways to clean blackout curtains, to get the neat appearance.

Length: Measure from rod to 1/2 inch above floor

Width: 2 times the window width

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Decorative fabric (optional)
  • Hem tape
  • Curtain rings
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. For each panel, measure the window height and mark the top. Measure to 1/2 inch above the floor and mark the bottom. Mark each side edge.
  2. Using a yardstick, draw gentle curved lines to connect the marks. Cut along lines.
  3. Finish the top edge with iron-on hem tape.
  4. Fold under 1/4 inch, then 1 inch on the sides and bottom. Iron; topstitch hems.
  5. If using a decorative outer layer, make it the same contour. Baste layers together.
  6. Hang panels using rings on a curtain rod.

8. Ruffled Blackout Curtains

Ruffled Blackout Curtains

Ruffles add a playful, feminine touch and soften the edges of these blackout curtains. Make them floor length or cafe length.

 

Length: Floor to 1 inch above or sill to lower edge

Width: 2 times the window width

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Sheer/decorative fabric for ruffles
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Cut blackout panels to the length/width desired. Hem sides and lower edge.
  2. Cut strips of sheer fabric 3-4 inches wide.
  3. Gather the strip by stitching basting stitches 1/4 inch from the edge. Pull thread to gather.
  4. Pin ruffle strip to blackout panel edges, adjusting gathers evenly. Sew ruffle to edge of panel.
  5. For two panels, overlap edges by 6 inches. Topstitch overlap.
  6. Make a rod pocket or tabs to hang panels.

9. Blackout Roman Shades

Blackout Roman Shades

Roman shades neatly cover windows and keep out light. Make them customizable by adding tiered fabric layers. Window height + length of folds wanted

Width: 1.5 x window width

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Decorative fabric
  • Wood dowel rods
  • Curtain rings
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Cut blackout fabric according to pattern instructions.
  2. Cut decorative fabric the same size. Baste together along the top edge.
  3. Make pleats and sew cords according to the pattern.
  4. Hem sides and bottom edges.
  5. Insert the dowel rod into the bottom hem.
  6. Attach rings to the top edge, one at each pleat.
  7. Hang shade by rings on the curtain rod. Pull cords to raise.

10. Blackout Curtain Lining

Blackout Curtain Lining

Upgrade existing curtains by adding a detachable blackout lining. Use curtain clips to remove the lining on sunny days quickly. Same length/width as existing curtains

Materials:

  • Blackout fabric
  • Curtain clips
  • Sewing supplies

Instructions:

  1. Measure existing curtains. Cut lining panels to the same size.
  2. On sides, turn under 1/4 inch, then 2 inches. Sew hems.
  3. At the top, turn under 1/4 inch, then 1 inch, to form a casing. Sew.
  4. Insert curtain rod through the casing.
  5. Match edges of lining to curtain edges. Pin layers together.
  6. Sew on clips at intervals to join the layers.
  7. Hang curtains on the rod with lining attached. Remove clips to detach the lining as needed.

Conclusion

Create custom blackout curtains with basic sewing skills and inexpensive supplies. These 10 free blackout curtain patterns are great for people who are just starting out and want to make their home more stylish and comfortable. With a variety of patterns and easy-to-follow steps, it’s simple to make your own blackout curtains that will not only block out light but also make your room look more unique. These plans are a fun and inexpensive way to make your living space better, no matter how much experience you have with do-it-yourself projects.

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