I have a favorite valance that is double-sided. Both fabrics are traditional prints but...
I prefer the print depicted on the right of the above photo. However, when I hang the valance at my bedroom window the left-hand print is back-lit by light coming through the window obliterating and dominating my preferred print.
My plan was to purchase some blackout fabric to cover the offending print but as with most of us some projects just keep sliding to the bottom of our to-do lists.
Yet, I wanted instant gratification. So, I began to search my mind as to how to accomplish the project without spending any money or having to hoist myself out into the cold and travel the ice-slicked roads to the fabric store. Surely, there must be a remedy!
I had recently purchased a box of large, plastic trash bags...and the solution that presented itself wasn't particularly appealing but could work in the short run.
I removed the valance from its rod and laid it across the foot of my bed.
After folding the plastic bags in half I'm going to pin them to the fabric shown in this photo.
I've safety-pinned the folded plastic bags to the rod pocket of the valance.
To keep the safety pin from pinning both sides of the rod pocket together, which would prevent it going back onto the curtain rod, I inserted a metal yard stick into the rod pocket so that the pins could only penetrate the back side of the pocket. After folding the bag in half - top to bottom - I safety pinned all the way through the parts of the bag that contain the drawstrings and the bottom of the bag to secure the fold and for added strength against eventual tearing.
The problem of the backside fabric showing through this side is solved.
However, while the valance now features my favorite print and looks good from inside the room, I was curious and apprehensive to see how my plastic trash bag solution looked from outside the house.
I needn't have worried. The reflectivity of the window glass, and the fact that my bedroom is on the second floor, assures that no one passing by can see that I have trash bags at the upper part of my window treatment.
My blackout valance solution works and I can now scratch that project from its place at the bottom of my to-do list.
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Elective Frugality and Re-purposing (plastic bags) at work!