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fade resistant curtain fabric

MNrosewood | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hello, I’m a contractor who reads alot of Breaktime. My wife is looking for some fade resistant material she can use to make matching curtains through the house. We are a long way from anywhere and wanted suggestions for something online. Thank you for your time.


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Usually, the fade resistance comes in drapery lining fabric, which is clearly labelled and sold widely. It comes in varying degrees of opacity, but even the lightest weight lining will protect the decorator fabric effectively. Without lining, most fabrics will start deteriorating within months of installation. Lining fabric costs only a few dollars per yard, but the investment pays off nearly immediately, as a lining can simplify finishing and make the draperies hang better and work better.

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    Thimblefingers | | #2

    I agree about the lining. Also, polyester fabric will be the most fade resistant and long-lasting of the fibers. It will also wash well if she decides to make them so they are washable.

  3. Ckbklady | | #3

    Hi there,

    If your wife is a Threads subscriber she may have the new issue (#147) in your mailbox. In it she'll find a list of online fabric stores subdivided by specialty (page 55).

    I can't recommend any of them because I've never shopped for fabric online, but I do agree with the other posters that she may wish to seek drapery lining. The big US fabric store chain JoAnn Fabric & Crafts (online at http://www.joann.com) stocks in store an item called "Blackout Lining" for about $5/yard (54" width) that would do the trick. It's a lightly rubberized white, beige or black cotton that blocks light and keeps rooms warm or cool, depending on the weather. My only caveat would be that it can add considerable weight to curtains, so you'd want to be sure that the drapery tracks are reinforced for the weight. Of course being a contractor, you'd have no problem with that.

    Good luck with your drapery project!


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