I’ve received lots of questions/comments regarding the No-Sew Window Shades I blogged about a few days ago. A lot of people want to know more about them, so I thought it might be worth a follow-up featuring several different types of no-sew window treatments. There are many different types and a variety of techniques you can use.
Discovering the “no-sew” method has been so much fun for me. Considering I haven’t touched a sewing machine since 7th grade Home Economics class, the no-sew route was definitely for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to learn to sew, and someday I plan on investing the time and money in a sewing machine and possibly some lessons. After all, it IS a little embarrassing that my husband has to go to his mother anytime he needs a pair of pants hemmed. But I’m good at other things, like being a mommy, and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and…. well I’ll think of more things later. I’d like to point out that the lovely little hot pink gym bag that I made in the aforementioned Home Economics class earned stellar reviews from my teacher, and I’m sure I got an A. Or at least an A-. But for now, I’ll just improvise and use the no-sew technique. Whatever it takes to NOT spend a fortune on window coverings.
Anyway, once again here are the window treatments that I made:
Here are the supplies that I used for this project:
Fabric; Scissors; Yard Stick; Disappearing ink fabric pen (to mark my lines for cutting and folding); Fabric glue; Iron; 3 pressure curtain rods.
[Sidenote: Check out this Roman shade from Evolution of Style, where she used the same tutorial and method I did, but thought outside the box and used a tablecloth as the fabric!]
For the matching valance, I only used one pressure rod. Here is what I did:
Cut the fabric (both the patterned fabric for the front and the white canvas for the backing) to the width of my window, adding an inch on each side for a hem. Cut the length to 12 inches (an inch hem at top and bottom) because I wanted the final length to be approx. 10 inches.
I then used fabric glue and an iron to hem all of the edges. After the hem was complete, I glued the top and bottom of the white canvas to the back side of my gray fabric. I then inserted the pressure rod between the 2 panels of fabric. That’s all! So easy.
Here are some of the different types of DIY No-Sew Window Treatments I found. If you’re a fellow “no-sew” fanatic, I’m sure many of these will inspire you!
Check out this tutorial from Momtastic.com.
What you’ll need: 1 yard of white cotton duck fabric; 1 yard printed cotton duck fabric; curtain rod and hardware; ruler/yardstick; and scissors.
Here is a tutorial from In My Own Style.
What you’ll need: Fabric; 2 large safety pins; 2 medium safety pins; a straight pin; and 2 clip-on earrings.
Fabric-Covered Roller Shade
Click here for a tutorial from Cottage and Vine.
What you’ll need: roller shade; fabric; fabric glue (or glue gun w/ fabric glue sticks); scissors.
Here are instructions from Project Nursery, which attached clip-on curtain rings to get this look.
Obviously, these can be made whatever length you desire.
What you’ll need: Fabric; iron-on adhesive; iron; tape measure; clip-on curtain rings; curtain rod; and scissors.
Here’s a quick and easy set of instructions from bhg.com.
What you’ll need: Fabric; velvet ribbon in 3 shades; fabric glue; and scissors.
Tutorial here, courtesy of KatyHarper.com.
What you’ll need: Foam core board; fabric; batting; X-Acto knife; ruler/straight edge; duct tape; wire; washers; wooden skewer or other hole-punching tool; tape measure; trim (optional); glue gun (if using trim).
Surprisingly easy tutorial from My Old Country House, here.
What you’ll need: Fabric; foam core board; packing tape; scissors; a box cutter; and batting.
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