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LuWilliams3 years ago
where are the instructions?
CoolKoon4 years ago
Hey! What happened to the 'ible?! There's no text whatsoever and images either!
scavanger4 years ago
 Great Instructable.

These shades can make a really dramatic difference when it's cold.
 Oh ya........ 5 Stars from me.

Be patriotic and vote everyone!
yeehacmh (author)  scavanger4 years ago
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peacenique4 years ago
Fantastic!  I was looking for instructions to make window quilts a couple of months ago.  Now without hunting I came across yours... thank you!  I don't staple like l8nite, but I have been known to nail them across the top.  Good thing I have no one to yell at me!  Yup, they do make a huge difference.  Thank you yeehacmh.  A 5 for sure!
yeehacmh (author)  peacenique4 years ago
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zanne1014 years ago
 This looks terrific - definitely want to try this.

Couldn't you use small diameter dowels instead of the 1X1 1/2 pcs of wood?  Dowels are usually very light.
 Meant to say "instead of the tomato stakes".
yeehacmh (author)  zanne1014 years ago
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yeehacmh (author)  zanne1014 years ago
The tomato stakes are actually the battens. The 1 and 1/2 inch lumber is for attaching the shade at the top. Dowels were me first choice for battens but I had a few tomato stakes laying around and they had points on them. I cut them with a pipe cutter and some with a hacksaw. The pipe cutter was much quicker. When the battens were installed, I had to go back and pull them out and trim them so they cleared the walls better.
 I was just thinking of the weight and the fact that my tomato stakes rust eventually - I live in a humid climate.  But I'm sure there are lots of alternatives.  Still a great idea - good work!
yeehacmh (author)  zanne1014 years ago
Thanks zanne101  !
 These stakes are thin metal and hollow. They're plastic coated and last several seasons. They're about $1.50 apiece for a 48 inch stake. They probably weigh less than a comparable wooden dowel. The nice thing is..if needs be, you can cut away the plastic and thus cut down on its size and weight. I remember seeing them when they had gotten old and the plastic was coming off.
StoryAddict4 years ago
Dang, I wish I'd seen this a couple weeks ago when I bought new shades for my windows! This was exactly what I was looking for but I ended up with something only meeting a third of what I wanted! I may have to convert the new hangings using your method! Nice job!
 
yeehacmh (author)  StoryAddict4 years ago
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yeehacmh (author)  StoryAddict4 years ago
Story of my life... Please don't forget to vote..and Thanks !
joyalove4 years ago
 My windows were so cold I taped attic insulation up, but now I will work on making these shades for next winter. thank you for a solution thats is both visual and works. Just to add maybe these would make great given as gifts.Thank you for your work
yeehacmh (author)  joyalove4 years ago
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yeehacmh (author)  joyalove4 years ago
Thanks Joy... I made these out of straw floor mats for my windows years ago. They worked good. I figured, why not make them even heavier with stronger string. It worked out perfectly. Stay warm !
bstPip4 years ago
I have made these shades, they work great.  BUT you don't have to use the tomato stakes or any piece of wood on the folds.  You can machine sew a stitch across the fold place and place your rings a bit closer together, every 10" or so and the fold occurs naturally when you pull in the attached strings as you instructed.  It does help to have a dowel or some type of weight in the bottom hem of the shade, as this helps it drop evenly when closed.

I give this 5 stars!!!
yeehacmh (author)  bstPip4 years ago
bstPip.. Please don't forget to consider my 'Ible for your final vote in the Sew Warm contest.. Thank You, Yeeha CMH
yeehacmh (author)  bstPip4 years ago
Thank you bstPip,
 I was worried about the weight of these folds and I remember reading that you "can" do without these battens, but  you may be sadly disappointed in the sag of your shade pleats without them.The battens will help keep your fold lines clean and neat. As it is, the shade is heavy and falls easily.
Appreciate the 5 Stars, never got many of those before ! ( except from close relatives )
The bottom could use a batten. A small adjustment is needed at the corners when lowered. Rather than more cutting and sewing, I was just going to hot glue an aluminum screen frame-piece along it. It's doing really goo d though.
emm0ash4 years ago
Isn't there something wrong with the explainations here, step 3 and 4 are repeated from step 2 "what you need". Shame, sounds interesting
yeehacmh (author)  emm0ash4 years ago
That has been corrected. Thank you..
Brilliant, thanks. Emm
yeehacmh (author)  emm0ash4 years ago
emm0ash.. Please don't forget to consider my 'Ible for your final vote in the Sew Warm contest.. Thank You, Yeeha CMH
yeehacmh (author)  emm0ash4 years ago
BTW.. you spelled explanations wrong.. shame.
Sorry, I have a really good excuse though, I am French after all. I love instructables and your instructions will be valuable to me.

Emm
L y l e4 years ago
Looks great and very functional!
I love this idea!
5 stars!!!!!!!!!
yeehacmh (author)  L y l e4 years ago
Lyle... Please don't forget to consider my 'Ible for your final vote in the Sew Warm contest.. Thank You, Yeeha CMH
ChrysN4 years ago
That looks great, it also keeps out excess light too, I bet.
yeehacmh (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Hi ChrysN.. Please don't forget to consider my 'Ible for your final vote in the Sew Warm contest.. Thank You, Yeeha CMH
yeehacmh (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
You bet, ChrisN...light, cold, heat and sound...I love it. Thanks !
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blackiecat4 years ago
This was made for me... I love it. So easy to use, and let me tell you the room is very warm now. 

It deadens the sound of the train blowing it's whistle late at night too.
blackiecat4 years ago
Looks great.  Wish I could be creative like you..
l8nite4 years ago
Great "ible" a bit more involved than my stapling the quilt to the window frame, your way probably helps keep the woman of the house from screaming, throwing things and calling you names that no one else could get away with calling you....
yeehacmh (author)  l8nite4 years ago
Hey... You tried. Thanks for the comment. I needed a laugh. Don't forget to vote !