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Hello!  I've got a basement with egress windows, cement block walls, and ceramic tile floors. Needless to say, it's frightfully cold in the winter and our temps drop below zero in the winter.  I want to hang long, heavy drapes over the egress windows in an effort to block some cold, but the thermal ones online are pretty expensive and I'd need 6 panels. Could I buy heavier panels and sew some kind of liner to help block the cold?  If so, what type of panels and/or fabric do you suggest for the backing? Do you have any other fabric suggestions for helping block the cold?

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Yes  it would be cheaper to sew it but are you able to sew thick fabrics with your machine?  That's the big question.
You need a special needle and ask at your local fabric store. You actually could still use a regular drapery fabric of your
Choice but add thermosuede lining.  I know this has a rubber like backing so test it out on your machine first.
Sew on the fabric side of the lining as the rubbery side should be inside. Usually it hangs separately so you would have
2 separate hems.  Of course you need pinch pleats and rings. As it may be too thick for a rod pocket top.

If you consider the time, cost and skills needed to make  insulated drapes...you still may be better off buying it on
Line.   Try a website called.  Halfpricedrapes.com.   And see if there are heavier liners on there drapes.
Another thing to keep in mind...is heavier drapes require stronger rods.  And an experienced installer too.
You have to be sure you are drilling into the studs of the walls...don't use those thick sinkers or mollies  into dry wall.
Do it the right way so you don't damage the walls

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Any questions related to sewing, designing or fabricating window treatments, and residential interior decorating

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I am a certified teacher in Illinois qualified to teach Interior design, Sewing and textiles, nutrition, family living. I have taught high school, adult education classes and college level Interior design classes for students going into the career.

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American Society for Interior Designers, AWCN America's window covering network. Wcaa. Chamber of commerce locally.

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DWC magazine (drapery window covering) Oct. 1998 page 26 North Shore Magazine, Illinois March 2003 Remarkable women magazine, spring 2006 See my website for more webdecors.net

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Bachelors of Education and arts from Northern Illinois Unv. in Illinois. with a comprehensive major in Home Economics. Graduate work at National Lewis and Xavier college in the area of education.

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Chicago Design Team, and Trans Designs div. in Itasca Illinois best designer for 1993 and 1994 DWC magazine

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Dimucci builders- model homes 1994-1996 Michelle Amari- South Barrington, 1997- Meryl Rotzien-- 2 homes Hawthorn Woods, 2006-2011 Joan Endorf-- Barrington, Illinios 1997- present jennefer Teetz- Barrington Hills, Illinois 2007 Margaret Lynn --2 homes South Barrington, Illinios 1999-2011 Cissy Balut-- 2 homes North Barrington, Illinois 1997-2010 Nadine Zei- North Barrington, 1998- present Sharon Niemenski- many homes, South Barrington, Illinois 1996-present Jenny Newman- 2 homes Deerfield , Illinois 2002 ot present Donna Fine-a designer Northbrook , Illinos 2007 to present Renai Marin-- a designer Barrington, Illinois 2010 -present Michelle Mirrellees- a designer, Oak Park, Illinios 2008-present

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