Mar 7, 2014

Super Quick No-Sew Roman Shades

Hey friends!

Do little things make you happy?

Little things make me very happy!

For instance, my latest DIY:

 A NO SEW ROMAN SHADE that can be done in less time than it takes to get dinner on the table!

No joke.

And that's saying a lot for me because I don't spend more than 30 minutes putting dinner on the table!



What's the secret to making these roman shades in no time?

 IRON ON HEM TAPE AND TENSION RODS!

That's right! If you can use an iron and set up tension rods, you can do this!


Before I get ahead of myself, let me show you what I had to work with:



Sad? VERY MUCH SO!

Do you want to know what's even sadder?

This window has looked like this since we moved in 5 years ago! I didn't even bother to remove that ugly privacy film. 

Go me.


I've actually been wanting to do this small project since I was inspired by this tutorial at Love Grows Wild but I never seemed to find the right fabric. 

Our kitchen is a somewhat bright golden yellow and I didn't want a fabric that was too busy but I also didn't want something plain or boring. But I definitely wanted a print.

And I just found the perfect one!


And in case I have inquiring minds, I found this lovely fabric at my home away from home, Hobby Lobby.

It has my favorite neutral, gray, a little cream and some yellow that just happened to match our wall color. 

And I'm loving the print...not too busy but not boring either.

I love you all so much that even though this is pretty self explanatory, I went ahead and made a tutorial for you!

HOW TO MAKE NO-SEW ROMAN SHADES USING TENSION RODS:

1. Gather all your materials: fabric, tension rods (I used 3), iron on hem tape, iron, measuring tape (not pictured) and scissors (not pictured).

*The amount of tension rods you will need depends on how many folds you want to achieve. I used 3 tension rods but only have 2 folds since the first tension rod holds up the curtain.



2. Measure the width and length of the inside of your window.

Your length will depend on how many folds you are creating (the more folds the more fabric you will need).

My length is about 2 inches longer than my window.

*Tip: Use your tension rod as a guide for a perfect measurement!

I know this seems totally lazy but I didn't have to deal with numbers and it worked! 

I just added an inch to each side and 3 inches to the bottom and top. The top is for the pocket where the tension rod will go into and the bottom because I wanted to create a faux last fold instead of it just looking like the seam.



See...perfect!

But if you go ahead and measure, also add one inch to each side and to the bottom (or 3 inches if you want the faux fold)  and about 3 inches to the top where you will make the pocket for the tension rod.

I'm just more of an eye-ball it kinda girl.



3. Make your cuts.



4. Iron your hem tape to both sides and to the bottom





5. Create the pocket where you will insert your tension rod into.



6. Hang your curtain and place your other tension rods where you want the folds to begin.

You can always adjust as you go..I adjusted a lot!



7. Grab your fabric and pull it over the first rod.



This is what it will look like after the first fold...



8. Grab more fabric and pull it over the second rod.

Keep going for as many tension rods that you have.



And tada!!

Your roman shades are up my friend!



I just know you're all totally jealous of my stellar view.

Because nothing says beautiful like a fence and a green waste bin.


Let's see some before and after action, shall we?



I'm still surprised by the difference when I walk in my kitchen!




And I even removed that ugly privacy film. It's not like I cook naked anyway.



I'm especially glad that I can adjust the tension rods for different variations.

And I love that I can just remove them from the tension rods for shade when the summer sun is blazing in my kitchen in the afternoon!



What are your thoughts on roman shades? Do you love them as much as I do?


 Thanks for stopping by!

You’re more than welcome to follow Restoration Beauty and always be updated on all the DIY and beauty fun!


58 comments:

Vel Criste said...

Fabulous! You made it look so easy! Great tutorial Selene!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks friend!! I'm glad you think the steps were demonstrated well!!

The Causal Craftlete said...

I saw your post on Google + and had to check it out! We've been in our house 8 years and have done nothing to the kitchen windows. I don't know how to sew and your tutorial makes it look easy! You have inspired me to be brave and give it a shot. Thanks!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I'm so glad you were inspired, Katie!! They are so easy to make..and fast! Have fun!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love how you explained everything! I've read other tutorials online, but yours actually makes sense to me. :) I guess that's further proof that we're soul sisters. ;) Love your fabric and my gosh...your kitchen is so sparkling clean and pretty and bright!! Love it!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I'm so glad my steps made sense, Lisa! I always wonder if they do!
And thank you! We've been doing a little here and there since moving in..that and I scrubbed the crap out of it before taking the pictures! LOL!

Brandi said...

I love the fabric you chose. Thanks for sharing such an easy tutorial with us. I plan on changing out the cafe curtains in my laundry room and this is a great option.

Gretchen said...

looks great! I love that fabric :). I really need to do one of these for my kids' bathroom window.

Sebastian Chuter said...

I think this simple but beautiful Roman shade makes my wife happy! When I get home, the little cabin is now a simple yet attractive mini home. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea! Totally classy!

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Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks so much, Brandi!! I'm happy to hear you may give it a try!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Gretchen!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

My pleasure, Sebastian!!

Lindze McCarter said...

I love this tutorial! Your shade looks fantastic. I've been looking to do something for my master bath window, and I might have just found my solution! Nice work! :)

Julia Klimek said...

Very cute and awesome instructions! I have a kitchen window than I am currently hanging two dollar store fabric napkins as a valance (classy!), so I will pin this for when I find some fabric! Thankyou! Julia

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I'm so glad to hear you may try this,Julia!
And hey, not judging on your dollar store fabric valances! That's better than leaving them naked for almost 5 years like I did!!

Madalyn McArthur said...

I love them! So simple and pretty! Also, how is your kitchen so clean!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Madalyn!! I got the "love to clean" gene from my mother, and for that I am very thankful! But it doesn't look like that ALL the time, trust me!

Michele Reynolds said...

So clever and your kitchen is super pretty. Maybe now my kitchen window will get a curtain, lol. Pinned:)

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What a lovely idea! Such a nice tutorial. Will make this for my living room windows.

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Emily Ilowit said...

You are a genius!! I have been trying to figure out an easy window treatment with the fabric I love that is still washable!!!
Absolutely perfect solution! Tension rods pure genius!
Thank you for sharing!

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You are a genius!! I have been trying to figure out an easy window treatment with the fabric I love that is still washable!!!
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I chose this method after trying the method using a pull up blind. This is so much easier and the looks awesome! The pull blind method did not work!

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This was such an awesome idea! Cheap and simple too! Just made some for 2 small square windows that someone thought would be a good idea to have in our pantry. They turned out so lovely! Wish I could post a picture! :)

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