No Sew, All Faux Roman Shade

Ever since I painted my family room and breakfast room, my windows have been sitting there, looking pretty barren.  I had an idea of what I wanted, but nothing had spoken to me, really.  I love the look of a roman shade, but don’t need the functionality of one since 1) we don’t have any rear neighbors and 2) light control isn’t an issue in this space.

The Tutorial –

Enter Faux Roman Shade Tutorial ala Imparting Grace.  A great, no sew alternative for some fabulous roman shades.  Brilliant!

Let’s start with the cheap low cost portion, shall we?  The fabric.

This is actually a DwellStudio tablecloth from Target.  How sweet is that?  Better yet, the tablecloth measured 60×84, which worked out perfectly with my window dimensions.  Plus, when my hummingbird-with-ADD tendencies kick back in, I won’t feel guilty changing it out with something new.  Double score.

This tablecloth is no longer available, but there are a lot of similar options available that have great graphic prints.  Tahari offers some pretty patterned options.

Like this one:

Faux Roman Shade

Or this one:

Tahari Tablecloth2

Ralph Lauren also offers some gorgeous options when it comes to fabric in the form of tablecloths:

RL Tablecloth

Or maybe Cynthia Rawley is more your style.

Cynthia Rawley Tablecloth

Cynthia Rawley2

The possibilities are endless!

I put together three faux roman shades with this tablecloth (four, if you count the one I mis-measured).

So, here’s a refresher on what the windows used to look like:

And the after, with the faux roman shades.  Love. them.No-sew-roman-shades

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No sew roman shades

And here is the evolution of this room so far…Faux-Roman-Shades

So many possibilities when you think outside of the box with fabric!  I have a shower curtain that may be my next victim…

Jenny

77 Comments

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    Morgan | Mrs. Priss
    January 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I LOVE THESE. CAPSCAPSCAPS

    I'm going to attempt making them tonight! I have a Target tablecloth that would be perfect as well. 1000 points for thinking out of the box with the fabric!

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    Anonymous
    January 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    how did you make these…I would love to know..

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    Anonymous
    January 23, 2012 at 4:37 am

    lovely! Where is your table from?

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    Maury Kilgo
    January 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    These look amazing! What a great idea!

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    Long Island Style
    February 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    this is amazing! thanks for sharing!

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    Anonymous
    February 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    How do you think these would look over plantation blinds? I absolutely looooove the look but privacy is an issue where we live.

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    Terese @ www.thecountrybasket.com
    March 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Beautiful! So nice to be able to use fabric like that! I've used pretty sheets, before.

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    Anonymous
    June 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I have really wide windows but love these. They would add so much to my rooms. Any suggestions for wider windows? I have the honeycomb shades but need the fabric to soften the rooms of my new home. These would be ideal in the kitchen, breakfast nook and maybe the family room area too. Casual yet upscale.

    Dorothy Andreasen
    TX

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    Heather
    June 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    LOVE this table and chairs! Where is it from?

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    Anonymous
    June 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

    What is your wall color?

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    Vickie
    June 20, 2012 at 2:37 am

    how did you make them.. would be great if you had the instructions here.

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    Anonymous
    June 23, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Awesome idea. Very smart!

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    Anonymous
    June 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    They are beautiful? Hope to be moving in the next few months and will need to be careful about what I spend. Great idea.

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    Emily
    June 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Love the shades. And could you tell me where you found your table? Just what I'm looking for for my dining area!

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    Amy
    June 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    What is the name of the color on the walls? Love it!

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      Jenny
      June 28, 2012 at 1:07 am

      The wall color is Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.

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    Anonymous
    June 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I would really like to know how you did yours. They look a little different than the blog you linked to. Are there 3 tension rods or just 2?

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    NancyMac
    June 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Wow what a wonderful job and idea. I have the same exact windows in my new addition to my dining room, you have given me inspriation without making holes in the window frames. (also have almost the exact furniture and wall color).

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    Anonymous
    July 2, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Where did you get the carpet?

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    ScrappinLisaJo
    July 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love the kitchen. Your roman shade idea is fabulous and I love the colors. I also love your table. Can you tell me where you got it and maybe what brand? I saw something similar in Rooms to Go in the Cindy Crawford collection but I wasn't sure if it was the same or not. Thanks for any input. My email is lisatking@bellsouth.net

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    pinability
    August 14, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Wow! Those look great! You've inspired me to try it.

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    Anonymous
    September 8, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I love the color on your walls! Can you tell me what it is & which brand?

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      Jenny
      September 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      It's Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.

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    ErinHahn
    September 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    i tried finding the tablecloth with no luck. Such a nice pattern!

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    Anonymous
    September 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love it! I have a bay window in the living room that would benefit from these shades. Where are the instructions?

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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Love the paint color, what color is that?

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    Audrey
    November 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    These curtains add a wonderful finishing touch to this kitchen! Lovely!

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    John Potter
    January 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I directions for this tablecloth Roman blinds project please thanks ~

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    John Potter
    January 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I just got the tutorial site thanks

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    Jane Barnard
    March 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Did you sew and use glue for the sides? I like the look better than the shades on the tutorial site.

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      Jenny
      March 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      I did not sew – I used the no sew iron on tape. I avoid sewing like the plague. 😉

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    Toni
    January 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

    These are beautiful and I love how they hide the roof line of your patio. I’m going to do a similar shade for my kitchen window.

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    Emily
    February 9, 2016 at 6:20 am

    love the shades! And the wall color! Do you remember what color you used?

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      Jenny
      February 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks so much Emily! The wall color was Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. A beautiful color. 🙂

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    colette
    June 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

    do u have instructions

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