Tuesday, June 22, 2010

DIY: No Sew Faux Roman Shade

As many of you may know when it comes to sewing the main expert on that in this family is Jon! Last summer I tried to conquer the sewing machine and even made a couple of toss pillows, which came out great, but in the end me and the sewing machine decided we were better off as friends.


Which means I leave all of the sewing in the hands of my seamstress or my husband.


For weeks now I’ve had fabric sitting in my craft closet just waiting to be turned into a roman shade. Now for my seamstress to do it that would be around $130 bucks and Jon is not that handy to make one from scratch so I took matters in my own hands last night.


Here are my supplies:

no sew faux roman shade

- Iron

-Heavy Starch

-Spray Glue

-Stapler – That’s right an office stapler! I said no sewing!

-Striped Fabric

-White canvas fabric to use as a backing


-Ribbon Trim

-Hot Glue Gun

-Piece of wood cut to the size of your window

-Wooden or metal dowels

-Tape Measure


Step 1: Measure your window. My window was 34” wide so I added an extra two inches on each side and made sure I had a 38” wide piece of fabric. The length of it is up to you and how many folds you want to make. I made my piece 60” long.


Step 2:  Iron everything with heavy starch.

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Step 3: Get a nice fold on each side of the shade and secure the white backing to your fabric with a light mist of spray glue.


* Before you spray glue measure you piece one more time and make sure that you still have the right the width. We had an extra 2” on each side to fold over.

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Step 4: Start making your folds. Due to the heavy starch your fabric will be nice and stiff so it will help you make your folds. Once you find a size you like just staple away!


* Use a tape measure and make sure each of your folds are equal.

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Here are my 4 folds all finished and individually stapled:

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Step 5: Is optional. Since I had extra fabric I decided to wrap my mounting piece in fabric so that you didn’t see exposed wood on the sides of the shade.


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Step 6 is attaching your faux shade to the mounting piece of wood. We had a bit of extra fabric so we decided that we just wanted the shade to cover 23” of the window. So that is where we stapled the shade to the wood.

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Step 7: After stapling our faux shade to our mounting piece we realized we need a little bit more support in the folds so we stapled the folds to each other.

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Step 8: We also added metal dowels to hold the space:

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Step 9: To make sure our folds weren’t going anywhere we also flipped our shade over and spray glued each fold to the backing.


These folds aren’t going anywhere and we didn’t have to use a needle and thread anywhere!


Step 10: To hide our staples simply use a glue gun and add some decorative trim.

nosewfauxromanshade 016 * Don’t you love my manicure? I got my nails done on Friday and come Monday night they were trashed.


Voila all finished! To hang you faux shade you can either use the mounting piece to screw it directly in your moulding or ceiling or pick up some L brackets and use that instead.


Here is a side shot:


We used existing hardware from an old shade we use to have in the space. I think I want it to lay a bit flatter to the window so we are going to mount it directly to the moulding this evening.


Because this is a faux roman shade it will not go up and down. This is not a problem, because we have a roller shade installed behind it that can easier be rolled up or down.


I know there are bunch of versions of faux roman shades, but I wanted one with absolutely no sewing, because for me even a straight line can be tricky. This fit the bill and works great in my space.

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Blogger Tiffany said...

I luv the simplicity of it. I have fabric staring at me for the same project. I'm armed and ready now!

June 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Aesthetic Oiseau said...

Oh my gosh. You and Jon are geniuses. I will definitely be trying this at home!

June 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Vanessa@decor happy said...

You and Jon are so talented! It looks fabulous and you make me want to try this.

June 22, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger The mad woman behind the blog said...

Oh, where were you seven years ago when I shelled out way too many clams for window treatments?

These look great. Can't wait to try them in the last few windows I still have bare.

June 22, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I love it! I also love the tin treatment on the ceiling. Can you explain how you did that?

June 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Kiki said...

You go girl... that was amazing and I am with you, with the no sewing needed - OMG!!! I hate sewing and I have pillows to do before my mother comes to visit - I may even tackle the drapes, except our windows are floor to ceiling and when its two story tall, I dread to wonder how I will complete that.....


June 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger K said...

I love that!! I may have to try this on my bay window int he new house!

June 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

Looks great! And I love your tin ceiling!

June 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

Looks great - what an amazing diy - and no one would ever know!

June 22, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

Fabulous! It looks so polished and chic.

June 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Love these! They are gorgeous!

June 22, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

looks great!!

June 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Love love love this! By far the easiest faux roman shade tutorial I've seen! I'll be making one for my bathroom window. Thanks for the inspiration!.

June 22, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

oh there's nothing I love better than NO sewing. I'll do anything in my power to not sew. These turned out just gorgeous.

June 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

Great idea!

June 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Averill said...

Looks great! By the way, never noticed your pressed tin ceiling before but it's lovely!

June 22, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Camila you are a DIY Goddess!!!

June 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Kelly Green said...

Love the fininshed porduct and the ship pictures!! once again - great job! KG
PS still recovering from yesterday when I went from 150 followers to over 200 thanks to you! xox

June 22, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A cheaper and easier version that actually works can be found over at littlegreennotebook. I know you love her because i've seen you comment there sometimes :)
Mine came out beautiful and all I used was a bit of glue and some sissors.

June 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A cheaper and easier roman shade that works can be found over at Jenny's littlegreennotebook.
I know you love her too because sometimes I see your comments on her blog! :) Thanks for all your creative ideas. I made her shades with sissor and glue. They are gorgous.

June 22, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Ximena said...

the shades are gorgeous but I also noticed that gorgeous purple/yellow dress you were wearing in the background! so funky fresh? where did you get it?

June 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

I love how easy it was and how cute it looks. Great project!

June 22, 2010 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Preppy Little Dress said...

AMAZING...thank you for the step by step directions! I have to make one now!! :)


June 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

Cool! V. cool! It looks fabulous! Btw, I love you artwork - it all looks so great together!

June 22, 2010 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

So happy you are all enjoying the post!

I love the way they came out.


Thanks for the comment. I do love Jenny and all that she does! :)

I have never made her shades before, but I have heard of them.

Since I wanted my shade to be mounted on the moulding and not inside the window I didn't think mini blinds would work. Plus I already have a roller blind in there. So this is just another way to skin the cat.


June 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

guess what is next on the project listnow!!whooo

June 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Awesome job girl! They look great.

June 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

They look so good! I really want to learn how to sew, but will definitely be putting this to use until I learn!

June 22, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh also this totally wasn't pricey.

They only thing I paid for specifically for the project was 2 yards of fabric.

The other stuff was just supplies that I already had and I'm sure many of you have as well.

Also with the addition of spray gluing the folds to the back of the shade the dowels aren't needed.

June 22, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Great job! I have to save this project in my files for the future!

June 22, 2010 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger prashant said...

I love it! I also love the tin treatment on the ceiling. Can you explain how you did that?
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June 23, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger LindsB said...

I spy tin ceilings!! Are you going to share the rest of the room with us, or just make me beg??

June 23, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger charlotteannette said...

I love that beauty is in the eye of the beholder poster! where is that from?

June 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Saving this one for the archives, Camila, because I'm not even friends with a sewing machine, yet!
Great job - looks fantastic!
BTW - You sure are teasing us with these shots - can we see the entire room, soon? ;)

June 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chic said...

WOW!! I've seen alot of roman shades via blogs - but love yours the most! I love seeing your husband and you taking on projects as a team!!

I'm saving this for the a future project!!

June 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

Brilliant! Completely!

You just changed the lives of renters everywhere.

June 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

Whaat?? Seriously?? I LOVE it! Definitely have to try it out!

Btw - I've used a fabric you've blogged about a while back in my latest project (the laundry room).


June 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

That is great! I love all your projects -- so creative! :)

June 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Kyl said...

Awesome tutorial and great looking blinds. But, where did you get that "beauty is in the eye..." print? Seriously in love with that...

June 25, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

I'm with Kyl. Where did you get the Beauty is in the eye of the beholder print? I love it!

Can't wait to make these for my husband's office. We converted our "formal" living room to his office. It's not like we ever used it. Plus, I didn't want the kids playroom to be the first thing you see when you walk into our home.

June 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love that this is no-sew- its fantastic! Thanks so much, I'll eb linking.

July 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I do NOT like sewing, this is perfect!
great job, great tute!

July 6, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Looks great! Can you please share where you got the "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" print? Thank you!

July 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Kate Collins Interiors said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning. I love your fabric choice and your entire guest bath. I'm def. going to be trying this project out. Thanks for the tip!

July 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Shara said...

Love the beauty is in the eye of the beholder print! Can u let me know where you found it? zuzuscrate@bellsouth.net

July 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Mary @ RoomPolish said...

fab.fab.fabulosa. bookmarking, memorizing, trying for myself. love it!!!

September 8, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Anonymous roman blinds said...

I am with you no sewing required - OMG! I hate to sew pillows and I have to do before my mother comes to see me - I can not even do with the blinds, but our windows are floor to ceiling, and when the two stories high, I'm afraid to ask how the supplements.

January 26, 2011 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you use a tension rod instead of wood to get an inside mount? LOVE IT!

April 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
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Anonymous Jacqueline said...

that's beautiful! i love those colors! i was actually searching for diy work on floor-to-ceiling drapes, but i love what you did here. would it be ok to link to your post from my site? i love sharing the awesome diy work others have done! great job :)

March 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM  
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April 3, 2012 at 6:46 AM  
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Anonymous Venetian Blinds said...

I will also try these tips to stitch these kind of blinds at home.

June 28, 2012 at 3:28 AM  
Anonymous Karen M. said...

Hi! I know I'm a bit late to the party, but we are in the middle of a laundry room makeover and I came across your project. It turned out beautifully, congratulations! What an inspiration. I will be attempting this in the next week.

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Anonymous Carl said...

I thought this was a great article and the guide and tips were really good. Can imagine these tips could help if you needed to repair these types of blinds aswell.


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Blogger Keggy25 said...

What a great blog. This is exactly what I want and I am not a print person. Stripes are as crazy as I get usually. Thanks. Wish you were still blogging.

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Blogger costlules said...

We used existing hardware from an previous shade we use to have in the space. I think I would like it to put a bit flatter to the window so we're going to mount it directly to the moulding this evening.


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Anonymous Stephie S. said...

This is too cool! I moved into a house with my husband, and we have the plain shutter blinds for the windows. Sure, it provides privacy, but I want something cute! It's crazy how big of a difference it makes when you take the time to dress up your windows and floors (like rugs and such). I'll have to do this, but when you say starch I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Do you mean corn starch? Would that work? I LOVE your result, I hope to get one as good as yours :)

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