This week’s pinning experiment comes from the one and only Sarae Hope who tried out the DIY Faux Roman Shades tutorial from Kristen Davis Designs. Sarae’s pretty clever with crafty things – like when she helped me figure out how to make these awesome DIY Camping Style Party Signs for our wedding a couple of years ago – so I was excited to see how this project turned out.
After going through a major kitchen renovation (where she installed some great new Pinterest-inspired shelving), she felt like there was one thing missing — her window felt… naked. Sarae decided it was highly unlikely that she would ever pull a shade all the way down, but loved the idea of a Roman shade. So, when she found Kristen’s tutorial, she pulled out her sewing machine and got to work.
Here’s how it worked out for her…
- It’s easy. Once Sarae got the fabric, it took her less than an hour to make and “install” her new window shade. In the tutorial, Kristen uses glue to put everything together, but Sarae wanted something that was a little more sturdy. She used her sewing machine to simply sew a pocket seam for the tension rod to go through at the top and sewed the seams on the remaining sides.
- It’s cheap. Roman shades can get pricey fast, but using this process all Sarae had to buy was one yard of fabric. With a leftover tension rod from the attic, one yard of nice $15 fabric, she was done.
- She loves it. I think this turned out great, but more importantly, Sarae loves it. The one change that she would make is to make each of the folds a little longer (like in the pic of Kristen’s shades above) to give more of a “hanging” effect, but overall she’s one pleased pinner.
See for yourself…