i should be mopping the floor: How to Create Faux Roman Shades

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Create Faux Roman Shades

Today, I'm sharing a tutorial for how to create Faux Roman Shades. These can be no-sew, if you prefer. I've also got a $250 giveaway to Minted, which is where I got the adorable fabric for my faux roman shades, as well as my curtain panels, too!

How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
This window is in the family room in our new home. Tomorrow, I'm sharing the entire room here on the blog (with a white sectional, fun throw pillows, artwork, and lots of colorful touches!). Right now, we are using this as our tv room. It's a bit hidden behind the kitchen and the perfect place to hide out and binge on a few seasons on Netflix (not that we ever do that). Check out the tutorial to create these Faux Roman Shades below.



How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
I created the same roman shades in our kitchen in our previous home. I posted that tutorial here on the blog, but the photos from back in 2012 are really tragic, y'all, so there's no need to put you through that again. That version was no-sew all the way (glue gun city, y'all).
But, I did make a vow to not hot glue any window treatments here in the new house (just a personal challenge, really), so I did sew these roman shades. My sewing skills are still rusty, so go easy on me if something looks off in a photo. You can easily do this with Stitch Witchery or any other type of seam tape.  


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
These drapery panels were actually ordered all ready to go from Minted.com. Are they not the cutest, y'all? I love that they're kind of playful and unexpected for a family room. They come in loads of other colors, too. Minted has so many curtains...I had a really hard time making a decision. They're all designed by artists and are kind of amazing. Click here to see these Chunky Stripe curtains (they come in 10 color options)


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
My watercolor, dotted fabric is from Minted, too. Again, I was amazed at the fabric selection at Minted. Everything in their Minted Home collections is truly beautiful and one-of-a-kind. Click here to see this fabric on their site.


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
To make these faux roman shades, you'll need your fabric, pins, a rotary cutter or good scissors, and three tension rods that fit your window width. 


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
The inside of my window measured 35" across. In order to ensure I had no bunching of fabric, I created these shades to be a little less than the full 35". Since I was using panels on either sides of the shades, I knew the shortage would be covered up.  


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
I just created super simple hems with a basic stitch. Truly, if you are more skilled with a machine than I am, you would probably want to do a blind stitch. 
How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
This is how you'll hem (or iron-on hem) your fabric. The top is a rod pocket for your shade to hang from. Leave both edges open to fit your top tension rod through.


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
This is definitely an in-progress pic (those are my cute Minted pillows and covers in that box...I'm showing them to you here tomorrow!). One trick that I love to use to make windows appear wider is to get a larger rod than the window width. Once the panels hang here, the window will seem as if it is the width of that rod. Also, add height to a room by hanging drapery panels all the way to the ceiling.  

How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
I ended up using different tension rods than in my supplies photo (I bought the wrong width, BLARGH!). Hang that first rod with the shade on it at the top, then place the next rod about six inches below, and the last rod another six inches below that.  


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
Grab the edges of your shade and pull them to hang over the rod. You'll need to play with them a bit to get the lengths you like...as well as enough length so they don't keep sliding back over the rod. Repeat this with the bottom rod, too.
Obviously, these are not functioning roman shades (that's the faux part!). They're just decorative. But with my panels on the window, I can still have privacy in here at night. Plus, I love the layered look of panels and roman shades. The mixing of different fabrics is my absolute FAVE!


How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
What do you think? Is this something you'd do to your windows?
From window treatments to custom artwork, you can grab everything fun for your home (and so much more!) at Minted. 

Click HERE to enter to win $250 to spend at Minted (one of my readers will win this!). 
How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
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How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!
Stop by tomorrow to see this entire space!

How to Create Faux Roman Shades | Step-by-step photo tutorial on creating faux roman shades...can even be made in the "no-sew" variety!

Thank you to Minted for sponsoring today's post and giveaway.
All opinions are my own.





4 comments:

  1. Love your #diy project! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight @DearCreatives pinned & shared.

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  2. Love these and the fabrics you chose are so pretty! I'm featuring them tomorrow night at our best of the weekend party!

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  3. Am already loving color and style of your curtains. Fabric you chose for faux roman shade is perfect with your curtains. Thanks for making it simple to enter give-away. If I won would buy some fabric for bedroom and bathroom windows. They need a fresh look for summer coming up. Great post. Hope your weekend is fantastic

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  4. Oh wow, that is easy. Great idea! I have lived in this house for over 6 yrs & still haven't done anything with our windows in our bedroom. I'd also love to change the ones in the living room & kitchen. This would be great for our kitchen & bedrooms. Love this!

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