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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Creating a Homemade Home: Faux Roman Shades


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Well good morning lovelies. Sorry this post is going up a tad late. We had some power outages earlier in the week. I mentioned it here on instagram. That totally messed up my posting schedule, but I am back today with some crafty goodness. I love that when I look around my home everything is pretty much handmade or thrifted. It may take a while for my home to become "finished", but I love the process. I love being able to finally make that one thing I love for my living room or find the "perfect" item for my kitchen, at a thrift store. It takes patience, but it is worth it. One thing I have been wanting to do is make new curtains for our eating area. The previous ones were a tad boring. I was able to finally make my curtains and another tutorial for The Ribbon Retreat at the same time. Love it when that happens. I love working with them and I always find great ideas from the crafty ladies that post on their blog.

 So with out further ado, lets check out my tutorial for Faux Roman Shades.....

I have been seeing all sorts of tutorials for Faux Roman Shades on Pinterest. They all seemed so simple and perfect for my little home. I started out with 7 yards of  Alpine Wonderland Green Berry by Riley Blake. We have a bay window in our dinning area, which drastically needed new curtains. I had temporarily put up green ones, but they needed a little something more. They also were a little too thin on their own. I wanted the curtains to have a blackout effect at night. I took the original green curtains and used them as the backing for my curtains. 

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Each of my windows are 39 inches wide and 62 inches long. In the summer we have a swamp cooler in the middle window, but that is removed during the winter months. To start out each curtain, I laid out my backing fabric (my original green curtain). I cut enough Riley Blake Fabric to overlap that green fabric.

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 I took both of my fabrics and placed them right sides together. I then pinned and sewed them together. This is the same technique you use when making pillow covers.

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When I sewed it, I made it so my opening would be at the top. This opening is to pull your fabric through.

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Having it at the top allows you to hide that opening, when sewing the casing for the curtain rod. I then right sided out my fabric. I used the tip of my scissors to push out all of my corners. This is an easy way to make sure that your corners look pointy and not rounded. Once that is done, you can make your casing. I used suspension rods for my curtains. I purchased them at Wal-Mart for just a few dollars each. I made my casing about 2 inches wide. Just fold over your fabric, pin, and sew.

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Next I added my ribbon. I used White Grosgrain Ribbon 7/8". I used four 39 in. strips on each curtain. Two in the front and two in the back. Each curtain is 39 inches wide. I placed my ribbons an equal distance from each other. You want to make sure that your ribbons are an equal distance apart. Pin your ribbon and then measure again. Trust me you want to make sure that not only is your ribbon an equal distance apart, but that they go straight down your curtain. When I pinned my first one, it was a bit wonky. I was glad I double checked before sewing. When you sew your ribbon, only sew a part of the way down. You want to leave enough ribbon unsewn. This section of your ribbon allows you to tie your curtain up, creating the faux roman shade. When you have sewn both of your front ribbons, move onto the back. The back is pretty easy. Just follow your sewn lines. Once all your ribbons are sewn into place, you are finished.

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I rolled up the bottom of my shade and then used my ribbon to hold it in place. I love the way they turned out. They really finish off our dinning area.

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This is a tutorial I made for The Ribbon Retreat. All Fabric and ribbon was provided by them. Check out their blog, where they have tons of fabulous sewing and craft projects.

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8 comments:

  1. I love the green!! I need curtains for my guest bedroom, I think this style will work perfect. Me and my sewing machine are fighting each other, but I will prevail!!!

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  2. Just by looking at this i can say the cloth is of high quality. Thanks for the share. green living

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  3. you pin your fabric incorrectly.

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    1. I am not really concerned about how I pin fabric. I am not a seamstress. I just love to create and share with others. I am not a technical sewer but thanks for feeling the need to tell me I was pinning fabric wrong.

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    2. As long as you don't get blood on the fabric, your pins are fine!

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    3. As long as you don't get blood on the fabric, your pins are fine!

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  4. WOW thanks for all your handy idea's and recipes..

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