DIY Roman Shades

Hi, there. It's been awhile, I know. But, there's good reason for it. We finally purchased a piece of property that will someday be the site of the forever house (a.k.a. the Barbie dream house). Before we're ready to build, there are a few things I've been wanting to do to our current home to get it ready to put it on the market. My first project--window treatments in the oh, so tricky bay window.

After trolling Pinterest a short while, I knew I could easily create my own faux Roman shades for our kitchen. Here's a breakdown of how I did it. You can find oodles of other DIY tutorials on Pinterest. 

First, let's take a look at the drab, boring bay window before. It needed help and I'm embarrassed it's taken me this long to do something about it. 

What's that hanging in the window you ask? Oh, just some drying basil from my garden. Don't mind the dying Christmas cactus on the bar.


What's that hanging in the window you ask? Oh, just some drying basil from my garden. Don't mind the dying Christmas cactus on the bar.

Next, let's take a minute and love on the fabric I decided to use. It's Waverly Santa Maria Pebble. You can snag it for yourself here.

Let's get going. A lot of tutorials are "no sew" versions. I'm a mediocre sewer from way back, so I chose to sew these shades, mostly because I included a liner. But, if you can use an iron, cut relatively straight lines and sew slightly straighter lines, you can do it, too!

My shades will hang on the inside of the window frame. I measured the inside dimensions and cut my liner fabric to match. For our bay window, I have two shade panels that will be 23 inches by 51 inches, and the middle window measures 71 inches by 51 inches.

Next, I cut my Waverly shade fabric to accommodate a nice, tight hem--Usually about one inch wider on all sides.

Using your iron and straight pins, form your hem along one edge of your shade panel. 

When you move on to the opposite hem, take your time and measure the width of the panel as you pin. Measure, measure, measure...sew once. This is where you can be forgiven for not-so-straight cuts.

Next, hit the sewing machine. Don't forget to hem the bottom of your shade and check your length. For the top, sew a simple rod pocket. 

There are a lot of ways you can hang your shade. Don't believe me? Just consult Pinterest. I decided to hang mine using tension rods. This part of the project does take a bit of trial and error. The first rod goes through the wonderful rod pocket you've sewn, naturally. Tuck it at the very top of the inside of your window. Take your second rod and place it inside the frame about a foot lower. 

Place your third rod just a few inches below. This distance is totally related to your preference. I'll show you two different variations. "Blouse" out the top portion of your shade. My apologies, but there is no other way to describe this.

Blouse it again, folks. And, bam! Here are a couple different variations.I ended up liking the variation on the right. Because I liked the shorter version, I did hem the overall length of the panel up to 38 inches. 

We're not done yet! Wasn't one of my windows 71 inches wide, you ask? Don't most fabrics come in 54-inch widths, you ask? Check out this great tutorial on joining fabric widths.