2.16.2010

DIY Semi-Stationary Roman Shades

We finally have window treatments in our bedroom!  This weekend I broke down and decided to get it done.  $30 and two evenings later:
Roman shades!  I chose not to make them out of mini-blinds this time around, though I do still love the mini-blind roman shades I made for my kitchen.  We don't really need to be able to open and close these often - they're more just for looks, so I skipped the extra $4 per window for mini-blinds and made more stationary shades.

I used one giant drop cloth ($20) for all five windows, and simply cut panels a few inches larger than the windows all the way around.   I then hemmed all four sides so they would fit exactly in the window opening.
A while ago I found 5 yard rolls of blue-green-gray grosgrain ribbon on clearance at Michael's for $1 each.  I snatched up several and ended up using three rolls to trim these shades.  I just glued it on with fabric glue about 2 1/2 inches in from the edge of the panels.


To attach, I stapled the top edge of the panel to a thin strip of wood and had my husband screw the wood straight into the window facing. 
Once it was up I played around with the panel to figure out where I wanted folds.  I decided on just two and marked where I wanted them.  I sewed little rings at the bottom corners of each panel and 21" up on both sides.  My husband then screwed two cup rings into the window facing to hook the rings onto.
We have the option of closing them completely by unhooking the rings, but most likely they will just stay like they are now.

drop cloth - $20 - Home Depot
ribbon - $3 - Michael's
rings - $3 - Hobby Lobby
hooks - $4 - Home Depot
scrap wood - Free!
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17 comments:

Frugal Home Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! So affordable but looks so great. Lets talk about all those awesome windows in your bedroom--beautiful.

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! These look so professional! I can't believe that is a drop cloth...

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, I really love this idea!! I'm eyeing a window in my laundry room . . . :)

The Conservationist said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm loving it! I used an old tie-top panel to obscure the view of the muddy, empty lot outside my daughter's window - but I didn't even use fabric glue or thread. I simply straight-pinned everything. Of course, when she's tall enough to reach the bottom, I'll have to employ the hot glue gun...

AMY said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so great!!!! Love it!!!!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute!

concretenprimroses said... Best Blogger Tips

They look great!
Kathy

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt- you've done it again! You are so talented! I actually made the same mini-blind roman shades for my daughters' room, but to be honest, they've never really opened smoothly and I've found that we leave them completely closed about 98% of the time (with the room totally darkened my girls nap better and sleep in much longer in the morning!) I think I'm going to refashion my "roman blinds" similarly to yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it.
PS: Did you know you were featured on Apartment Therapy today for your upholstered headboard/footboard?

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/bedroom/diy-upholsterlook-bed-108912

Congrats!!

Dreams of Perfection said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow this is such a fab idea! Love it. It looks way more expensive than it was.

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so fatastic!! I have been trying to figure out how to faux up some roman blinds and you have totally solved my dilemma! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

frillsfluffandtrucks said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty--so tailored looking.

~ Sarah

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I'm SO glad you reminded me of the roman shade mini-blind tutorial! We just bought a house (hurray!) and I've been contemplating window treatments for my boys' rooms. I'd been thinking of making Roman Shades, but I do need to open and close them frequently. Perfect!

And I LOVE your window treatments! The ribbon just makes them!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt - Those look great! I am linking to you, today.
-Trish

Gabby said... Best Blogger Tips

We're crossing our fingers that an offer will be accepted on a house - and I've been registering what expenses I needed to set aside for things like curtains so we'd have some privacy immediately when moving in...this sounds so so easy (and inexpensive!). I can easily do this! Thanks for the idea.

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Gabby, I'm glad this looks like a good solution for you. Good luck on the house!
~Britt

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! Very sharp looking and so doable! Thank you!

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