Homemade Thermal Window Shades

Simple, money-saving thermal window shades made from insulated fabric with Velcro edging keeps temperatures moderate and eliminates window heat waste.



Thermal Window Shades
Homemade thermal window shades can be as decorative as they are functional. When Velcro strips are used as fasteners, the quilted shades can be placed on the windows without interfering with existing drapes or shutters.
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Velcro Straps
A close-up view demonstrates how the Velcro strips are placed on the window frame.
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Sleeping Bag
When not needed as a window treatment, this shade becomes a snuggly quilted sleeping bag for the baby.
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Design Variations
The design variations are limited only by your imagination. Here, a cattail appliqué dresses up the Westbrooks' bedroom window shade.
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