Thursday, November 25, 2010

No-Sew Roman Shades

I wish I could, because it is so great, but I can't take credit for this project idea. Jenny at Little Green Notebook shared this tutorial a while ago on how to make roman shades out of mini blinds, fabric and a little fabric glue. For a girl who can't sew, this project was right up my alley!
At first I was skeptical, until I saw how many people commented on her post with their success stories. I decided to try one out myself.
I made one for my office first. (sorry no pic) It has held up well and no one has suspected that it wasn't sewn.. or at least they haven't told me so!
So, I gave it another go in a bedroom and it turned out great again. I love the finished product.

So, for those of you who were wondering what I had up my sleeve for my favorite fabric from Premier Fabrics, there it is! The bedroom has two windows in it and I used just over a metre for both.
The room finally feels complete. Here is a photo is the room before the shades.

It is kind of an awkward room to photograph because it is an L shade with an alcove. Here is a couple of shots of both windows with the new shades.

Please excuse the old rad, my wrinkly bed and dirty windows! You don't notice these things so much until you take pictures!
Just for fun, here is a picture of the bedroom before paint and wallpaper.

This was an emotional moment for me when we discovered what was under that paper :(
It all turned out okay in the end though!

This project is seriously so easy! Find a window in your home that needs some love and make one! You will thank me.. I mean Jenny:)


  1. It turned out great! I am glad you posted this..I have been thinking about trying it myself, but I wasn't sure how it would turn out.

  2. Wow! It looks great! Definitely the perfect touch for your bedroom.


  3. Wow, what a lovely transformation a roman shade did to your bedroom...

  4. That turned out great! We just bought roman shades last week at Lowe's that I am not thrilled with (much to my husband's chagrin -- this is now our 4th set). But this project is perfect! Maybe I can convince him that the 5th time (and some DIY action) will be the charm! :)

  5. Very nice! I need to get my buttocks in gear and make a roman shade as well. I have had the fabric for faaarrrr to long.

  6. That turned out great! It does add the finishing touch to the room.

  7. Jane you seriously turned that room around! The shade is awesome- I love the fabric you chose for it. I'm gonna visit Jenny to see the tutorial.

  8. That turned out fabulous! I adore this room and that shade is amazing!


  9. so impressed! I want to do this too!! :)

  10. I just recently finished a pair of easy black and window treatments too at But I love the way yours came out. I will definitely have to add this to my repertoire of DIY projects! BTW...lOVE your blog! I'll be following it!

  11. Your room looks fabulous! I like your style...

  12. Beautiful shades just the way it impressed.
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    1. You are awesome ! This blog is so great. I really hope more people read this and get what you’re saying, because let me tell you, it is important stuff.


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