The Little Red Owl

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I have seen many of these no sew roman shade tutorials online and I was so excited. I like roman shades but the idea of sewing one from scratch has never been appealing to me.

Like these from 365 Days to Simplicity:

I was very excited to try my hand at the no sew blind roman shade…

It was a failure. These tutorials are great and for the people who made them-they look awesome. Not for me.

I know, I know-what kind of DIYer cannot make a blind roman shade? Apparently me.

My excuses:

  1. I think the fact that my fabric is gray and white chevron does not help (since the straight single blinds show through)
  2. I am impatient
  3. The metal blinds I used are no good-they came with the rental home and were a mess

That’s all I got.

So…what to do now? I still wanted a roman shade for that window and I already had fabric.

I came up with a super simple plan. I left the top of the fabric attached to the blind top but removed all other parts of the blinds.

I then used some gray ribbon I had in my sewing/craft room and tied it around the fabric to create the look of a roman shade.

I do still have to hem the fabric but that’s all. Done. And since this shade is mostly for looks-it stays in this position mostly (You can release the ribbon knots and let the fabric hang if needed).

What do you think? Pretty lazy huh?

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3 thoughts on “a cheater’s roman shade

  1. Grandma says:

    Don’t complain when you can find an east way out is what I have to say. That reminds me of the time when I showed your mom how I temporaily hung the sheers, draperies and valance on my two bedroom windows. By the way it’s still that way. I even have the hardware I need but maybe when it gets better weather I’ll ask grampa to put it up. Already there was this wooden rod holder at the window and I actually put the sheers on a spring rod between the wood. I don’t even remember how I did the valance and draperies. They look fine to me. Anyway, I think your curtain, blind looks nice.

  2. Terri Iles says:

    You are the master of the easy way out!! Good for you.

  3. It looks great, very creative!

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