This a follow up post to my No Sew Faux Roman Shades post earlier.
This is the How To portion for those of you looking to create your own versions :)
How To Make No Sew Faux Roman Shades:
**This is a FAUX shade. It will not go up and down.**
What you will need:
(It is up to you to do measurements for your windows to determine the length you will need.)
Stitch Witchery Fabric Bonding Tape
(I used 3 per window, you may use more or less)
Iron (Steam Iron preferably)
Rag or old white T-shirt
Bowl of water
First you must measure your window to determine how much fabric you will need to make the shade.
My windows are 32″Wx63″L. I believe this is a relatively standard sized window.
I chose to make 3 folds in my shade so I wanted a longer length.
I chose 63″ so that when folded my shade would cover half of the window.
Alright, let’s get started.
First lay out your fabric and make sure the store has given you the correct length.
(I have been given less fabric than requested more than once!)
Allowing 1/2″-1″ on either side for the fabric tape, cut your fabric to your specifications for your window.
I wanted my shades to just barely fit inside the frame so I cut my fabric to 32.5″W and 63″ L
(The length isn’t as important just make sure you give yourself enough to make your number of folds.)
Next, iron a crease on the edge of your fabric. This is where you will put the Stitch Witchery Fabric Tape.
Once you have made your crease and inserted your Fabric Tape it’s time to iron.
Using a damp/wet cloth (I found the wetter the better) cover your seam with the bonding tape and apply a hot iron for 10 seconds. You should not move the iron, merely rest it over the seam. After you have finished one side, do the other.
Since this was my first time using this product or making window treatments I was especially careful and quite literally measured before each iron press. This was tedious but I didn’t have extra fabric and I really didn’t want to mess this up. Measure, press, measure, press. Rinse, repeat.
I decided I didn’t want to take down the blinds (in case someone wants to take a nap in the living room or we have company and someone is stuck on the sofa) so I chose to embrace them ;)
You know that little faux moulding they put at the top of the newer plantation blinds?
Yup, I’m gonna duct tape it and snap it back on.
If you don’t have blinds, or opt to take yours down, you can simply use the bonding tape to make a space for your tension rod and hang it that way. I was just feeling particularly adventurous and decided I didn’t want to be able to see the blind moulding over my shade.
I then snapped the fabric covered moulding back on and it was time to install the tension rods :)
Space them (relatively) evenly apart as high or low as you like.
Then draw your fabric up to create those coveted folds!
Not too shabby, eh?
I love them. They’re a huge pop of color for this room and really give the windows more interest than just the plain blinds before.
I hope this will inspire you to create a faux shade for yourself!
It was really very inexpensive (~$18/shade) and only took me 2 hours to make them both!
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