No-Sew Window Treatments (A Follow-Up)

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 is the Imparting Grace Tutorial I used to make the Roman Shade.  Check out my original blog post to see how I slightly modified it.

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!

Roman Shade
This one uses mini-blinds and fabric.
What you’ll need: cheap mini-blinds (these are from Wal-mart); scissors; tape measure/yard stick; fabric; Heat ‘n Bond; quilting ruler; fabric glue; sponge brush; glue gun. 

Tie-Up Style

Here is a tutorial from The Accent Piece.
What you’ll need: Fabric; iron-on adhesive; iron; scissors; and ribbon.


 Check out this tutorial from
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
What you’ll need: Fabric; velvet ribbon in 3 shades; fabric glue; and scissors.

Cornice Boxes

 Tutorial here, courtesy of
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. 

Can’t get enough? Me neither. Here is a link to a great little article from which features “8 ways to cover your windows without touching a needle.”

[Help me grow my blog! Please share it with your friends via email, Facebook and Twitter!  You can also scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up to follow me via email to get updates sent to your mailbox.  On Twitter? Follow me,  Thanks so much!]

Like this post? Share it with friends!Email this to someoneShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest


  1. InMyOwnStyle says

    Hi Erin-

    Thanks for the feature of not one, but two of my projects. :) I do love no-sew treatments. Both of yours came out great. I Pinned a few of the roman shade
    tutes as I want to make one for myself.

    My best- Diane

  2. Richella says

    Thank you so much for linking to my no-sew faux Roman shade tutorial! I’m thrilled that it worked for you. Your window treatments look great!

    You know, I do sew (a tiny little bit), but it’s nice to be able to get a project done without getting out my machine. :)

    Hope you have a great day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>