As The Nester says, "It does not have to be perfect to be beautiful"!Farmfresh said:Yes ... AND I have made window quilts for warmth in the winter as well. (You learn lots living in an old house. )keljonma said:If you mean to block the sun, Farmfresh has pics of the ones she made (and probably patterns too) .
I actually need to spend a bit of time and effort again this year and make some new window quilts for us too. Our old ones were shot a couple of years ago and I need to make something nicer than the ratty old blankets that we used the last two years.
I used velcro (soft side on window frames and pokey on drapes, it stays cleaner that way.) at the window tops and sides of window casings for attachment. I found I still lose quite a bit of heat (especially at the top) if I use curtain rods to hang them. You could make a box valance for the tops as well and that would also help a lot.
My favorite "filling" is a type of bubble wrap insulation that my hardware store sells that is faced on both sides with foil! Not cheap, but the stuff lasts for years AND the foil helps reflect the heat back into a room.
I basically measured the windows, sewed (at the edges with zig zag stitches) enough of the bubble foil together to cover window and frame with a bit to hang down at the bottoms, then made a simple cover and sewed that over the top on both sides. I found a light weight cotton on the top and a light double knit next to the window really worked best. A dark back cloth might also absorb solar heat and help as well, but I usually open the quilts when I have some sun to shine in. If you screw a couple of doubled cords at the top of the window when you are hanging it, (with one end of the cord next to the window and one end on the inside) you can simply roll up the quilts and tie the cords in a bow to hold the quilt at any height that you wish and it will actually look nice. Remember to be careful with dangling window cords if you have little kids in the house for safety sake.
Another option is to staple a length of 1x2 or a dowel (flat works better if you ask me) that is slightly longer than the window is wide in the casing at the bottom of the window. You can then use that rod to wind the quilt up to the desired height and hook it in "L" or cup hooks mounted at the correct heights to hold it in position. In this case an inverted set of hooks could also hold the quilt tight down against the window at the bottom as well.
You all are giving me some ideas... I need to get sewing this fall.
Tips added - For you non sewing types you could use staples, duct tape for the middles and Fabric or even hot glue to make the outer part of the shades. Don't be discouraged!!
That woman uses staples and hot glue in place of sewing all the time!