Faux Roman Shade tutorial using no hardware…what? Yes it is true!
I spent last week at my daughter Madeline’s house helping her make these faux roman shades without hardware. Madeline was getting her house ready to put on the market in Idaho Falls and boy did we crank out lots of projects!
Not only did we paint Banisters and stair skirts (which I didn’t even know that is what they are called but I do now!) I LOATHE painting them…. actually not the paint part, it was all the puttying and sanding all the holes and lumps and bumps from 1980’s carpet. You know what I’m talking about… when they would carpet up those areas urrrghghgh……I must really love my daughter an awful lot to do all that!
Any way…. we caulked and sanded and did lots of touching up, I helped her tile a back splash (finished pics to come), plus I had to make time to Play with the grandkids, then do some cleaning, a tid bit of laundry and just all around tried to help where I could.
Making the faux Roman shades without hardware
STEP 1- Measure your window and add 1″ to each side for seams. Add 2 1/2″ at the bottom for the hem and add 3″ for header or however big you want it to be. Fold each edge over 1/4″ and then fold over for the complete measurement, Iron and Pin.
STEP 3- The Pleats- Fold up the fabric to make “pleats” to the size you want and how long you want the shade to hang. We just played with the fabric to see what we liked.
Fold and pin and turn the shade around to see if you like the amount of pleat that shows. Maybe you would like smaller pleats and more of them or larger pleats and fewer of them.
These two pleats measured close to 2″ we think that looks good.
Tip- If your windows are all lined up and somewhat connected…Make sure all your Roman shades end up the same length or it will look funky.
STEP 4- After you have figured out many pleats you like pin them down. Sew up each side top to bottom to hold the pleats in place.
STEP 5- Minimal hand sewing. To keep the pleats from drooping I sewed a running stitch up three separate lines on the back. I just catch a little bit of fabric each time just to hold them in place.
Tip- I used quilting thread as it is a little thicker and therefore stronger.
TIP- I made sure to catch just a little fabric on the front as well just to hold the weight of the pleats.
Hanging the Faux Roman Shade without hardware
The Lovely Madeline showing you the strips. They are kind of like velcro as they snap into each other
Step 1- Place sticky side to the edge of trim on the door so it will hang a little bit away from the door.
Step 2- Attach another sticky strip to the backside top edge of the Roman Shade and then press into the door sticky strip!
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Stand back and marvel at the beauty you just created!
Note: No Walls were hurt in this installation.
The Shades hanging in the windows were made to slip a spring rod through the top header of the shade and popped into the window.
SIMPLE CHEAP and BEAUTIFUL faux roman shade tutorial without using hardware.
I have so many people ask where we got this fabric and I think we bought it at a fabric warehouse in Utah but it no longer exists. I have look online to find this fabric too and I cannot find it in yellow. I did find it in a coral red color on Amazon. Here is a link below.