No-Sew Faux Roman Shades {How To} -

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 :)

Tutorial No Sew Faux Roman Shades

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

Tension Rods

(I used 3 per window, you may use more or less)

Tape Measurer

Iron (Steam Iron preferably)

Ironing Board


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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  1. Okay that is pretty cool! Took me a min but man I like it a lot!!!!


  2. I love that fabric! I have DIY Roman shades on my project to-do list too! I found you at the Cherished Bliss link party, I’m your newest follower!

  3. They look AMAZING! I love that it seems simple enough but packs a big stylish punch!

  4. I have been wanting to do this in my bathroom but was afraid it would be too hard. Thanks for the instructions and making it look easy!

  5. So pretty! I would love to do this in our bathroom!

  6. This is such a great idea! I need something new in my kitchen window and I was literally wishing I had a tutorial like this. Yay! Thanks for the great explanation…I CAN do this! :) Pinning for sure.

  7. I have 27 windows to cover, and I was dreading it cause’ my sewing machine is new and I don’t know how to work it yet….Thank You! So glad I found you, so now I’m a new follower so we can keep in touch. I would love if you stopped by to visit, Lori

  8. Pinning you too!

  9. Nice! Love the fabric pattern too!

  10. PS: I pinned this on pinterest:

  11. Really pretty and a great tutorial!

  12. Your shades are lovely! And, to think they require no sewing. I really want to try this–I have the perfect window to try it on. Thanks a million for the tutorial.

  13. P.S. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower.

  14. These look great! I actually like that you left the blinds up there. Not only are these now pretty, but there is function as well. Great job!

  15. I am also a new follower!

  16. You really did a great job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is the easiest tutorial I have seen, others are complicated with stapling etc.
    I’m going to try this in my daughter’s room. Thank you.
    LOVE your fabric.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Do you think this will work for an outside mount shade? I dont have enough room to do inside mount. Thanks Cheri

  19. They look amzing! I love them. Where did you find the paisley fabric?

  20. allison says:

    I was wondering what it looks like from the outside?

  21. plisy szczecin says:

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    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve included you guys to my own blogroll.

  22. Do they move up and down?

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  25. I am confused as to how the folds were created. It seed to jump from bonding the top seem and covering the blinds valance to putting dowel rods in.

  26. Hmmm. I’m not understanding how the folding worked. Can you give more details about that? Looking at the pictures, I don’t see how you just used the three rods–it looks like there are six.

  27. I really like this idea, I will be trying these. Love the look and can’t wait to see what they look like in my windows. Thanks for the idea.

  28. Christine says:

    Can you tell me the name of the fabric you used? I love it!

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