I turned the fabric right side out and inserted a tension rod through the loop I made.
I added my first tension rod to the top of the window frame. You’ll want to adjust the rod’s length slightly bigger than the window so you’ll have good tension to hold your shade up.
Step seven: Add other rods to window.
I added my other two rods to the window frame about 4 inches apart.
Step eight: Pull fabric over rods.
Now comes the fun part, setting up your shades! I pulled my fabric up and over the middle rod and let it drape down. Then I did the same thing with the bottom rod. This part took some playing with until I found the right rod spacing and draping, so just play with it until you like the way it looks!
Step nine: (optional) Pin and iron.
My freshly-hung curtains weren’t laying flat like I wanted, so I pinned all of the folds and very carefully removed the top rod from the window with the shade attached. I ironed over the folds to make a nice crease and hung them back on the rods.
Step ten: Pat yourself on the back!
I removed all the pins and marveled at my gorgeous, custom, faux DIY roman shade!
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you are a GENIUS!!! I LOVE this project. pinning and making for my kitchen
I’ve always loved this genius idea but have yet to get mine done! We have lived in our home for 4 years and the window by my kitchen sink is still naked…sad, I know!
Yours look beautiful, Liz! Pretty fabric and colros!
Absolutely freaking amazing!! I would love to try this with my plaid curtains. Do you think plaid would look okay in a roman shade? I still want to keep my country primitive theme but my valances are just too overwhelming. And poofy.
I love your light fixture, too! I just found a 1904 Electric Supply Catalog yesterday and it has that EXACT style of lamp in it! It even has a page for just the bulbs. I posted about it today and even took a picture of the page with that lamp. You should check it out.
Love your kitchen. Absolutely adorable. Vintage farmhouse style perfectly executed 🙂
Thank you, Kelly! I think they would look great with your plaid curtains! And what a neat find with the catalog!
Brilliant!! These look so pretty, Pinning!
Cute! I’m just gonna steal all your cute little designs. Love that Market fresh sign too!
i love the look of crisp clean roman blinds. you pulled these off perfectly! i’m still hunting for a way to make them look the same when they are mounted outside the window when there are existing blinds. any ideas?
Thank you Carissa! What about using cup hooks and dowel rods? I think that would work perfectly!
You amaze me.
I love these and I can’t wait until you come help me with mine!!! I agree with Alyssa…you are amazing 🙂
Wow, now that’s genius! What a great idea! Pinning!
What a fabulous creative idea – I have done faux romans with no-sew hem tape before but they looked a little too stiff. I love the tension rod idea!! Thanks for the great tutorial! I would love if you would consider sharing this or any of your other fabulous projects at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven’t already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday
– Krista @ the happy housie
Genius idea!!! These look so great! I will definitely keep this in mind for future reference!
I love this idea! I really like the look of these. I tried making roman shades once and they just didn’t look the way I wanted them too. These look exactly like I had wanted mine to look so I’m thinking I might try this…
Thanks for the inspiration.
What a great idea! I’d love for you to share it at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party at http://www.houseontheway.com. Have a great weekend!
Love, love, love these! They turned out super cute.
You did such a great job, and they look perfect in your kitchen. 🙂
These shades look fabulous! You make it look so easy 🙂 I need to find a window where I can do this too!
Great tutorial! Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-27.html
Ah you are so clever Liz! These turned out great! 🙂 Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs
Love, love, love! Very impressive Liz, I am inspired to do this project myself and your EXCELLENT tutorial is wonderful. Thanks for posting this. Your Roman shades are gorgeous!
Absolutely stunning design – I recently did my own roller blinds and it’s a lot harder than it looks!
You could maybe use a flat iron (for hair) to iron while still hanging… I use mine all the time for that kind of stuff! Just an idea (too late, anyway)!!!
You have made it very clearly.
This is exactly what I have been looking for and instructions were on point. Thank you! I can even do this in time for Christmas!