Back in April I shared my kitchen makeover which included my DIY window treatment. Well, it's now July and I am FINALLY getting around to posting my tutorial. When I was working on my kitchen, I had purchased blinds on sale but they did not fit the feel of the space. I had a few different ideas for the window and ultimately decided to make the faux roman shade.
I purchased a yard and a half of fabric on sale from Fabricland as well as three tension rods from Wal-Mart. I also picked up HeatnBond hem fuser as I don't have a sewing machine. This was my first project using the product and it was very straight forward in terms of instructions.
I measured my window and cut my fabric accordingly. I added a few inches to the width to make room for the hem and several inches to the length for the folds of the fabric that would become the shades. I then hemmed all four edges to hide where the fabric was cut. I ensured that the width of the fabric with the edges hemmed matched the width of the window.
I inserted the first tension rod into the hem at the top of the fabric.
I hung this rod just above the window frame.
I then hung the second and third rods several inches apart from one another.
Pull the fabric forward over the second rod and repeat over the third rod to create our shades.
Adjust the fabric and rods as needed. I used my level to make sure it looked straight and even. I also pinned the back of the fabric folds to keep the shades in place, as it was starting to shift when we opened the window and let a breeze through.
This worked out perfect for our kitchen as a decorative accent and can be adjusted as needed for privacy or letting in sunlight. It is not as simple as pulling a string for blinds but it can be altered by moving the rods and fabric. I can also easily change the fabric for a different look or replace it all together as nothing is drilled in. Easy enough, right?!