Remember the window seat from this post?
It has super-high windows that need a little help.
But did I really need to go to all that work?
Was I ever going to crawl up on the window seat and stand there and reach up raise these shades up and down?
I came up with this easy faux roman shade option for these windows. Now in full disclosure, if you tend toward perfection? If random uneven lines and things that are not really lined up and kind of making it work folds of material are not your thing?
Walk away now.
This tutorial is not for the perfectionist in any of us.
How to make a faux roman shade
1″ x 2″ board
Step 1: Cut the 1″ x 2″ board the width of your window
There are three windows in our window seat.
Two of them measure 24″ across.
The larger one in the center measures 42″ across.
We cut a board to fit INSIDE the window because I wanted the shades to be inset. If you prefer your shades to be on the outside of the window frame, add 2″ of board on each side when you cut your wood.
Step 2: Cut your fabric
You want to cut a length of fabric twice the length of the window. This will give you plenty of leeway (is that even a word and is that even how you spell it) when gathering it up at the bottom and creating your faux shade.
Allow a 2″ seam allowance on each side when you cut your fabric.
Step 3: Sew (or fabric glue) your hem
Fold under and sew (or use fabric glue) to create a hem on three sides of the fabric.
Step 4: Staple the fabric to the board at the top
Wrap the fabric around the board.
Twist once so the fabric hangs down as shown.
Staple in place with the staple gun.
Now you are ready to start faux roman shading it.
Step 5: Fold the shade and pin in place
Just between us.
That step sounds SO MUCH EASIER than it actually is.
It’s not that it’s hard—it’s just unwieldy.
Here’s what you want the shade to look like after you finish.
Here are some tips for the folding process:
- Each fold is about 3″ wide
- You want to mimic a roman shade and fold them close together
- You’ll also want to pin the shade in the middle if you want the shade to hold its shape
- If you want the shade to drape, simply pin on the sides
- I love these pins with larger heads to make them easier to see
- I got the pins at Hobby Lobby in a package of 50
- Feel free to add an extra random pin here and there to hold it in place
- After you’ve pinned the shade, hold it up and readjust
- Complete these steps over and over and over again until it looks right
- Patience is the key
- YOU ROMAN SHADE GOT THIS
Step 6: Hang the shades inside the window
We hung the shades inside the window.
One note—this fabric is reversible, so I didn’t need to line it. If your fabric isn’t reversible, then you may want to line your curtains, especially if the back of your curtains are visible like these curtains are.
Here are the finished shades.
I love how they look in the space and how they add a little bit of color and texture to the windows.
The shades are keeping the window seat company.
All they need now is a cup of coffee and a really good book…..
….and me. 🙂