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.

Valances
 

 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.

Curtains

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.

Cornice Boxes

 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. 

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

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Comments

  1. Hurray for the no-sew versions! Great round-up you’ve posted too, nicely done!

  2. 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

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  4. Wow! Thanks for the shout-out. So many great projects here.

  5. THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUT!!! I DO SO,LOW MY NO-SEW!!!! XOLESLI

  6. 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!

  7. Roman shades are simply great both on the windows and on the pockets.

  8. Great examples (and photos) of no-sew shades. I especially like the green patterned roman shades. Gave me lots of DIY ideas — thanks!

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