Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Flashcards & Blackout Fabric

Check out my friend, Lauralee's new etsy shop, yellow mums. She has some really cute printable flashcards. If you are thinking about Christmas gifts already, like I am, keep in mind that you pay for the pdf file once & then can print as many flashcard sets as you'd like. Hello! Easy stocking stuffers & gifts for all the little people in your life.


Over the Labor Day weekend, I hit up the sale at Joann's and got 10 yards of blackout drapery lining fabric. I'm hoping that adding this to our window coverings will help insulate the house & lower our natural gas usage & therefore lower our heating bill this winter. Does anybody have any experience with this blackout fabric? Should I have my hopes set this high for a warmer house this winter? Please share.

13 comments:

Me? A Mom? said...

I would think blackout fabric would be more helpful in the summer by keeping the sun from warming up your house too much. In the winter, we have our blinds and drapes wide open to let the sun aid the heater.

Lise said...

I bought some blackout, insulating curtains last year, and they made a drastic difference in my baby's room. I wonder if the blackout fabric is the same? I'd be interested to hear how it works; the curtains I bought were very expensive and limited in styles. I'd love to transform others I already own.

...so we added chickens said...

I made some roman shades for my son's room that were lined with blackout lining (likely a different brand). They make a tremendous difference both in the winter and in the summer.

Candace said...

Our house is OLD & not insulated well, I'm sure. From what I've read up to 40% of heating can be lost through the windows. We bought one blackout curtain panel on clearance at Target last year & when standing in front of that window, I could feel a big difference from standing in front of our other windows. It seemed to be a really good barrier to stop air flow going both ways & I didn't feel the cold that I felt standing in front of other windows.

Thanks for your comments on this. I'm feeling positive that this lining could help us feel a bit cozier this winter.

stacey said...

Our house and windows are old and VERY drafty. We cover most of our windows with plastic every year. This eliminates the draft, and if done well you can't even see the plastic. Might want to consider trying both methods on different windows...see which one works better.

BTW - love your blog.

Jessica said...

im thinking i will have to get some of that for summer. our house gets sooo hot and our windows are poorly insulated. i can put my face up to the middle of the window and feel the 110+ degree heat flowing it. i am going to have to find some! thanks candace! hope they work for you this winter to keep you toasty!

Erin L said...

I love those flashcards! I think I might need to get some of those. I really love them!

jessi said...

I don't have any experience with blackout fabric, but I have used a fabric called "Warm Window" that I bought at JoAnns. I've seen it with the upholstery fabrics or with the batting. It's fairly pricey, but it works wonders in keeping out the cold. I would definitely get it if you were going to be in your house for a while. It might not be worth the price if you are temporary. You can return cut fabric to JoAnn if you have the receipt.

pamela said...

i made roman shades for my daughters room and like someone said before it made a huge difference in the summer. we have a wood burning stove that we use in the winter so that does the trick of keeping our energy costs down. but it definitely makes a difference blocking the cold from her room. you can see them here: http://pamslittlepigs.blogspot.com/2008/05/nursery-times.html

Laura and Kelly Allen said...

I just bought some this Spring to use for Summer. Huge difference. I hope it rocks in the winter too. Since it's pricey, it'd make the investment all that much nicer.

andrea said...

Lauralee's shop is very cute, she sort of told me about it once and that you were going to mention it! Very cool! I remember you getting those blackout panels from Target last year, I didn't realize they had them at Joanns too. One thing I don't have to worry about here, although I would take it to stop this crazy heat. Miss you!

Sara said...

I have no experience with blackout fabric, but I thought these were adorable and would probably help some with a drafty window: http://diyods.blogspot.com/2009/04/suprise.html

Little Household said...

Blackout lining is only made to keep the light out. If you want a warmer home you need to add interlining. I hope this helps! I didn't read the other comments, so someone else may have already said this.

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