April 05, 2012

Embellished Roller Shades

First off, THANK YOU so much for your kind comments yesterday.  I am so lucky to have such kind readers.  You guys really brightened my day, so thank you.

In my new crafting area there is one huge window and then two little windows on a different wall.  The big window has long curtains with a pattern on them.  I didn't want to do full long curtains on the other windows because it would just be too much print and too much fabric.  So, I decided to do something more simple on those two windows.  I added a little fabric to the bottom of these roller shades, to coordinate with the curtains on the other window.

They were really inexpensive and they give me full privacy.  I purchased thin ones, so even if they are down I still get a lot of light in.

Let me show you how it went down, in case you have a window that needs a little treatment.  Roller shades are very inexpensive ($7-9) and fairly easy to install.  I picked up these at the Depot.  You're looking for this area:

You need to measure your window before you go and that measurement needs to be EXACT.  Then one of the employees will cut the shade to fit for you.  You'll need to grab brackets to hang the shade, but there are two types, just like this picture below.  It just depends on where/how you want to mount the brackets.

To add the fabric to the bottom I measured the width of the shade and added an inch, so I could fold each side in a half an inch.  I wanted the band across the bottom to be three inches high, to I cut it to be seven.  (It's folded in half around the bottom of the shade and then an extra inch so I could fold a half inch in on both sides.  See the picture below if this isn't making sense.)

I sewed the sides up while the fabric was still open (as shown).  You don't want to sew the whole thing closed because there's a little dowel/stick that you insert into the bottom sleeve to help the shades lay nicely.

Then I folded it over the end of the shade and sewed it on.

I used a small seam allowance (1/8 inch) but I tried to consistently feel the underside with my fingers to make sure I was sewing through both layers.

Then just slip the dowel in and follow the instructions to mount the shades.

See?  The windows sandwich the framed object wall.

Two little craft room projects to go and then I'll show you the whole she-bang.

Thanks for dropping in.


  1. I love it! I'm definitely going to try that, thanks for sharing!

  2. What a simple touch, I love it! And I totally dig those black scissors and the birdcage. I dig the whole room.

  3. Cheri,

    Incredible! I HATE roller shades due to bad experiences with them in college and a few apartments. But... if you buy them yourself and make them co-ordinate with your decor, and haven't abused them and then they work fine and are attractive...maybe I would really enjoy them and love them and want some in my home? Sigh. Just when I think I have my mentally remodeled house mentally decorated and ready for the House Vogue photo shoot someone comes up with a fabulous idea and makes me have to rethink my plans.


  4. I LOVE roller shade embellishments! We put them on every window of our home last year. I had every intention of making each one fun when we moved into our new house. I have yet to get them done! This may be the inspiration I needed!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a great idea. I really love your fabric choice!

  6. Thank you so much for this post!!! We have a front door that has a glass window, and we've been trying to find a way so no one can see inside but we still get light in. We will be visiting the Depot today!


  7. What a great idea! We're moving in our (first) home (yay!) in June... I think I'm going to stole that idea for one of our bedrooms... Thanks!

  8. This is awesome! I've been fighting with the blinds in our master bedroom and we are getting ready to makeover that room, this looks like it may be the answer/idea I needed!

  9. I LOVE these - they put that extra little "somethin' somethin'" to the room ! Perfect, and I love the material, it's the exact colours and pattern I need for my dining room, now to find some !
    Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I just love your blog! Me and my little mister have benefited from your amazing talent! I love your heart for boys!

  11. Cheri! I can't even tell you how perfect this is for my home. I have those little windows in my dining room and bedroom and haven't been able to figure out an in expensive way to cover them without interfering with the print of the larger curtains. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!


  12. Thanks Cheri, what a great idea!

  13. I love what you did with frames- genius! True genius!

  14. Thanks for posting this. I think I am going to have my teenaged daughters make this themselves for their new bedrooms.

  15. oh what a wonderful idea. I have the old fashioned full-length tracked curtains and sheers in ALL my windows in my house. I can't stand them. I would love blinds, but that would kill our budget. We are getting our baby's room ready, and I may suggest this to my husband. My windows are a lot bigger though, so it may be more than I want to do. Thanks for the idea though! I have one of these in my kitchen that I could embellish right away. :)

  16. That is such a great idea! We need curtains in our bedroom but I'm with you - too much fabric!

  17. Would you mind sharing the name of the fabric? I LOVE it!

  18. This is so cool! Love your frame wall too.

  19. no way! This is awesome and you did a great job. I hope I can find these in Canada!


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