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!!


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

  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!!


  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!

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

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

  6. Oooh this turned out wonderfully! I love the fabric choice too. I hope you will come share this at my VIP party today.

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

  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.

  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

    I am a new follower!

  10. LOVE the shade, what a great idea!

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

    {love} lauryn @

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

  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

  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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