Love-A-Lot and Funshine love to play outside. We usually go out in the afternoon. It gets horribly sunny as the sun goes down below the roof line. The kids and I tend to burn easily and the sun just cooks you in those chairs.
|The chair against the wall provides the best view of the kids, but the most sun exposure.|
Isn't that great?! It's a perfect solution. The two pictures are taken at roughly the same time of day! It is so much cooler and finally tolerable. It was SO easy to make too.
You will need: Fabric (here), Grommets (I used these), hooks for hanging, thread, ribbon for tying, heavy duty fusible interfacing (I used scrap of home décor weight), and some Heat'N Bond iron on adhesive.
|The fabric was 30% off and I used a 40% off coupon at Joanns for the grommets.|
|Since I was using the width of the fabric I lined up the selvages to make trimming and squaring easier.|
|Trim to your desired size.|
Measure your grommets and add about an inch . Cut four squares of fabric that size. Mine were 2.5". Also cut 8 squares of interfacing and 4 squares of Heat'n Bond.
First fuse the interfacing to the wrong (or right, really it doesn't matter) side of the fabric squares. After, fuse the squares of Heat'n Bond. You will have 4 squares of interfacing leftover, set those off to the side.
Hem your fabric. I did the cheater/fast way using the selvages as a roll over guide. Fold it once the width of the white space and then fold it one more time. Sew.
I sewed the selvage edges first and then did the width of the fabric edges second.
|All the edges will be concealed, preventing fraying.|
Peel back the paper from the Heat'n Bond. Pardon my HORRIBLE nail polish throughout this tutorial.
Fuse it on the interfacing square.
Using the template from the grommet pack mark where you need to cut.
I used the pie method (I'm pretty sure I just made that name up). I fold the fabric in half and cut, from that slit I cut little wedges leaving the circle looking like a pie, then cut around the edges.
Follow your grommet instructions and attach all 4 grommets.
They snapped right on. I was worried I had layered too much on there, but they fit nice and tight.
|Why yes my ring is backwards.|
|He's really not, but that was a joke just for him!|
The window was in the way so the bottom ribbon is quite a bit longer.
The top is much shorter. Don't forget to heat seal the edges of the ribbon. The ribbon will come in handy in a few minutes.
How well does it block? Wonderfully. It's not dark at all. The temperature is much cooler too.
The back looks nice and finished too.
The ribbon is used to hold the shade on the hooks for storage purposes. Roll it up and loop the ribbon on the hook.
I love this shade. I no longer dread going outside in the afternoon. It took me about an hour to make. It took poor Grumpy about an hour to install the hooks. It's so easy, give it a try!