DIY No-Sew Faux Roman Shade

Happy Friday! My sister is expecting baby number 2 this fall, and we’re so excited to have another little nephew in the family! They’re in the process of moving their daughter into their current guest bedroom, so the new little guy can have her smaller room. When my sister asked me to help make some roman-shade type curtains for her daughter’s new room, I jumped onto my computer and started perusing the one place known to man to have every crafty tutorial in existence; Pinterest.

Main photoI found a fabulous tutorial from Thrifty & Chic on a no-sew faux roman shade, and it looked pretty easy. We also didn’t have to cut up any blinds like some of the other tutorials I saw, which made me even happier. My sister wanted to keep the blinds in tact and use the “roman shade” to help filter out the light for nap and bedtimes without having to use curtains. And, to look cute too, of course!

This project was the perfect thing to share for our June Pinterest Challenge! Be sure to stop at the bottom of this post and see the other fun Pinterest projects my crafty blogger friends have been working on!

june copyMy little niece’s new room has 2 long skinny windows, so I made two  shades to fit on each. You can see a fabulous and super detailed tutorial on how to make them at Thrifty & Chic!

Materials for DIY no-sew faux roman shade:

  • Fabric (a couple of inches wider than the length and width of the window)
  • Stitch Witchery (or sewing machine if that’s what you’ve got!)
  • Thin ribbon
  • Command hanging strips
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Glue gun + glue sticks
  • Scissors

SONY DSCThis is what the windows looked like before. Boring! 🙂

First, measure your window. You’ll need fabric that is about 1 inch wider on the sides and bottom, but a few inches extra for the top (to have room for the valance for hanging!). The windows I made these for were about 58″x35″, so my fabric was cut to about 70″x37″. I ended up using more fabric vertically because the valance from the blinds was several inches thick, plus we wanted these to go all the way down to the window sill to block out light. It’s better to have too much fabric that you can cut off later than not enough!

SONY DSCI started by measuring an inch in on each vertical side and folding over the fabric. I used the iron to press all along the edge first so it’d be easier to iron on the stitch witchery in the fold, but you could easily just measure, fold, and iron on the stitch witchery all in one step. (The picture shows about 2 inches, because I someone apparently doesn’t know how to measure and cut correctly and had to iron down 2 inches on either side instead of 1. Oops!)

SONY DSCOnce both sides were “stitched,” I did the same on the bottom of the shade, folding it in 1 inch and ironing in the stitch witchery.

PicMonkey CollageI did the corners like you’d wrap a present to make them more neat. I folded the corner in, then folded it up and added more stitch witchery. Our fabric was thick so I also added a little bit of hot glue to keep it in place, too.

SONY DSCNow you have both sides and the bottoms hemmed up and ready to go. For the top, I used the valence from the blinds, being careful of the clips that attach it to the blinds. Make sure they stay on the valence, as the fabric will need to be cut around it for it to hang back up.  Lay the valance at the top part, and fold your fabric over to measure.

Pull out your valence and add more stitch witchery and iron to keep it all in place.

SONY DSCBeing careful to not move the clips, slide the valance back in on top.

SONY DSCFind where the clips are and make a small cut with your scissors the length of the clip to push it through. I originally marked the fabric where the clips would be to cut, but it was easier to cut after the valance was back in. Be careful to only cut the back of the shade where it will be hung, not the front!

SONY DSCNow, it’s time to think about where you want your folds to be. We followed along with Thrifty & Chic’s tutorial and went with every 12 inches. However, because our window was 58″ long, we did 12″ for 4 of the folds, and ended the last fold at 10 inches which was the very bottom. On each vertical side, I measured and marked every 12 inches, and then 10 for the bottom. Make sure your last “fold” will be as close to the bottom as possible to achieve the same look.

SONY DSCAt every mark you just made, make a little loop from some ribbon and hot glue it on. Make sure the loop is back from the edge, so you won’t be able to see it when it’s all hung. Continue with every 12″ mark, gluing the very last loop at the very bottom of your fabric.

SONY DSCMy sister didn’t want these shades covering too much of the window on top, so instead of doing 8 inches down from the top like Thrifty & Chic did, we only measured 6 inches down from the top of the blinds. I then measured 2 inches down for the next hook, and another 2 inches down for the 3rd. You can play around with how you want the shades to look when hung, and you can add more command strips, too!

SONY DSCHang your valance back on the blinds, and hook the ribbon loops around your command strips and fix the folds in the fabric. I looped the first ribbon around the top command strip, the second 2 ribbons on the second command strip, and last 2 ribbon loops on the 3rd command strip. Again, you can play around with placement to suit your taste.

closeup2And that’s it! They work absolutely perfectly for my niece’s new room, and she was so excited to have them! My sister loves that she can easily pull off the loops and let the shades hang all the way down to cover the window.

closeupThey’ll be perfect for summer to, helping to keep out the heat!

FinishedI think they really help to finish off the window. Next is to get everything moved into the room and hang some cute stuff on the walls!

downThe cute fabric makes them look great even when they are down.

SONY DSCContrary to what the above pictures make it look like, the walls are a pretty pale pink and the roman shades are an off-white and teal chevron fabric which we found at Joann’s.

I can’t wait to make some more of these for some windows in my house, too!

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Hope you all have a fabulous (and cool!) weekend! It’s supposed to be in the triple digits for us. Ahh!

(I link up at these fun parties!)

24 thoughts on “DIY No-Sew Faux Roman Shade

    1. Thank you, Jenny! Ha, I hear you! I’m so glad I found the tutorial on Pinterest, it was so easy to follow and looked so much easier than other ones I saw. It’s so fun trying new stuff out! 🙂

  1. What I love about this is the lack of a cord hanging down! I make Roman shades the traditional way and I just despise the long cord hanging down when the shade is pulled up. Love it, Amanda!

    1. Thank you, Veronica! Not having a cord is sooo nice, and I’m sure Sarah will appreciate that, too! For someone who doesn’t sew, these were so easy to do. But, I’m sure they’d be even easier with a sewing machine! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, Julie! Ah, I’m jealous of your sewing ability. I am soooo not a sewer, but the stitch witchery worked great, too! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sydney! I didn’t even think how these would be renter friendly, good point! Even better! 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  2. These are awesome, Amanda! And such a great tutorial too! I’ve wanted to try that… so glad for people like you who do an awesome step by step!!

    1. Thank you Shannon! I agree, I’m sooo not a sewer, and it always puts me in my place, too! Ha! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

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