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Making a Thermal Blind for my Velux Window


Yesterday, I finally got around to making a start on my blind after the arrival of my Approved Food order reminded me! I can imagine you are wondering how a food delivery, which included 5kg of coffee beans for less than 7.50, I might add, inspired me to set off on my quest to discover how to make a cheap Velux blind, so here's how it happened.

My order arrived just after lunchtime, so the box was soon unpacked and foodstuffs put away in the appropriate places, then the packaging gets flat-packed as best it can and stored for recycling.

Like all good frugalers, I love bubble wrap! It makes the brain work at inventing things to do with the sheets of plastic wrapped air when it's od a variety too large to play the popping game.

Bubble wrap packaging for recycling or upcycling

The length of this bubble wrap looked to be about twice the length of my bedroom window, so I measured it and the Velux window! Brilliant! I discovered that if I temoved the excess then cut it in half, the two pieces perfectly fitted the glass pane within the window frame when placed one above the other! My plan was formulating!

With a few trips up and down the stairs, shooshing about the place with bubble wrap and a measuring tape, I soon got to the stage of digging out the sewing kit and threading my trusty needle.

Step 1

Tape the two pieces of bubble warp together to prevent them flapping everywhere while trying to sew them. I guess you could just leave them taped but with windows like ours, condensation could easily upset that plan. I thought I'd be safest stitching the two pieces together. The tape meant less liklihood of any tears or splits. You also need to be careful not to burst any of the air bubbles, as these will be your insulation.

Sewing bubble wrap

Step 2

Once you have carefully stitched the pieces together to form a size and shape that comfortably fits inside the frame of the glass, it's time to remeasure and make double sure it will fit, before progressing to the coverings. This is what mine looked like once the two sides were stitched together.

Stitched bubble wrap for insulating my Velux window

Step 3

Next, I looked out an old fleece that was no longer used - these sell for around 1 each in the cheap stores or charity shops if you don't have anything suitable to cut up and make into a cover. I liked the idea of the thermal fleece for this project, as it serves me well as linings on curtains hung through the winter months.

Step 4

Having measured the fleece, it became obvious that I simply needed to cut a strip and fold it over before stitching down both sides to form a pillowcase-type cover, left open at one end so it can be removed for washing. I sewed on a stud to prevent the bubble wrap from falling out of the newly made cover.

Step 5

Next for the rummaging through the fabric stash - we all have one, don't we? So, a rummage for a piece of material to colour co-ordinate with the chosen room which, in this case, is a bedroom that already has red, pink and cerise. Shocking pink and silver it is! This is the material destined to become my homemade Velux blind. It's something few people would ever associate with me, as I'm normally perceived as more of the garden muck and veggies palette than any sort of Barbie girl! But girl I am, and pink it's going to be! :) I envisage something quite unique here, but equally simple, as I'm hand stitching and using free, recycled materials. I'm lucky in that I inherited some very unusual fabrics from my late aunt who was into amateur dramatics and, I suspect, colourful costume making.

Step 6

Find yourself a suitable, contrasting colour. I found this fabulous purple shiny material among my stash and reckon it will look very bright and cheerful through the cold winter months.

Now all I need to do is get this all stitched together and decide on the easiest way of hanging it in the window. I think this will need to involve screwing hooks into the window frame but it is of the older type, so it's all wood and shouldn't be a problem, even when we do get around to replacing the glazed units in the future.

Part 2 of this post can be found here .

By NYK, Frugaldom

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I've got 2 of these windows in my sewing room in the loft . I've never thought of blinds cos they were too expensive, so I may think again. Thanks for this post. Great to read your blog and thank you for the forum and I will talk about you tonight at our ladies church meeting. Tonight's is about frugal cookery.
Best wishes

Reply: Thanks, Brenda. I meant to say how much I loved the photo of the recycled washing machine / car parts man on your blog. Made me wish even more that we'd succeeded in getting the drum out my old machine.

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