Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Faux Roman Shade Tutorial

Yup, it's another [non-sewing] window treatment here at Salvage Savvy [are you sensing a pattern?]! I'm still pluggn' away on my never-ending Mega Mini Office Makeover , and as much as I liked my other no-sew curtains, once they were up I realized that I needed a window treatment with structure, color and pattern [you'll see why in the big reveal... if there ever is a big reveal!]. Anyway, here's what I came up with instead:


I knew I wanted a Roman Shade, so I Googled "How to make a Roman Shade." Then, while reading the [lengthy] instructions, I realized that I will never actually raise or lower my shade for this room [privacy isn't an issue]; therefore, I could find a [lazy] easiery way! So I set-out to make it without actually having to sew!
What I used:

A Full-sized flat bed sheet [yes, I used a bed sheet, please don't judge... all sides were already hemmed so I didn't have to!]

pins, needle & thread [don't worry... you're not really sewing]

Strips of fabric the length of your curtain

Liquid Stitch fabric adhesive

What I did:

I folded my sheet in half and pin the sides and bottom together

Next, I hung it up in the window, and folded it up [like a roman shade] to my desired height for the window. Then I pinned each fold in place.


I ironed each fold while it was still pinned in order to make a good crease, then removed all pins, smoothed the fabric out again [you should be able to see where you want your folds still because of the ironed creases], and began tacking down each layer- beginning with the bottom fold first.

Then I sewed the curtain in about 8 spots on each fold [is this making any sense?]. Just enough to keep each layer in place.

Once I got each layer stitched in place, I hung it up again to see if it was "droopy" anywhere. Then I tacked down each droop to make is straight and smooth.

Next, I wanted to add the trim details on the side, so I used leftover fabric from my bulletin board. I cut the strips with pinking sheers, and then folded the sides and ironed them really well.

Finally, I took my liquid stitch fabric adhesive and glued it to the edges.






And that's it!! This project didn't cost anything because I already had the sheets & fabric!!

19 comments:

  1. Wow that's pretty cool! Love the fabrics you used!

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  2. Awesomeness!! Found this just in time. Have been trying to find roman blinds to go in my living room windows behind my drapes. Of course the $$$$$ is outrageous! This will totally work!!

    And I use sheets all the time for projects. You get a lot of fabric for a lot less $$. No judgement here girl!

    Thanks soooo much for sharing this!!

    peace

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  3. I really like this look. I am looking for ideas for a weird little window and I think this might solve my problem. I love working with sheets. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I just shared this on my FB page...thank you for sharing it at my link party!

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  5. I think your idea is brillant - i always have big sewing plans but never actually carry them out - I love sewing with glue!

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  6. Oooh this turned out wonderfully! I love the fabric choice too. I hope you will come share this at my VIP party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

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  7. It looks AMAZING! I am absolutely obsessed with your fabric choices! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Found this at tatertots linky party, great job to use a bar! and the fabric is really pretty together.My brain is a churning.

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  9. Your shade is beautiful! I have been looking for a roman shade for a bathroom in my home and haven't found one I like! Now I can make my own! Thanks for sharing.

    I would love for you to link up your post at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/07/bog-party-2

    I am a new follower!

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  10. LOVE the shade, what a great idea!

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  11. okay, i love this! i am pinning it!
    thanks for sharing.

    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  12. I've been looking for something for my dining room. I might have to try this! Thanks!
    I'm your newest follower!

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  13. I desperately need to make these for my breakfast area. Thanks for the idea. Come check me out.

    www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

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  14. This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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  15. Your shade turned out absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up and partying at Home Savvy this week!

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  16. Very cool! I like the fabric choices a lot! (I would never judge, btw, I am a no-sew person too!) :)
    Hear from Frugal Friday.

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  17. I love this idea. It's beautiful and I don't need to crack out the sewing machine. Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to share it on my link party at cookienut.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow! I haven't found one thing on your blog I don't just LOVE! Following you on linky followers now :)

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