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

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…



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    modern jane
    August 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful!!! I love seeing the transformation of the room!

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    August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I love this idea…the ones you made with the tablecloth is great.. love the colors with the room..everything looks so crisp and fresh..Thanks for posting.

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    August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Those look awesome! I need to make one for my kitchen!

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    August 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Way to go!! Love the new look and the fact that they were easy makes it even better.

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    Comeca Jones
    August 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I love it! Its neat how the pattern from the outdoor space flowed into the kitchen with the curtains.Very nice.

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    Stacy Curran
    August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Oh. My. God. You are a genius. I've seen the no sew Romans before, but to use a gorgeous tablecloth? BILLIANT!

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    August 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Love this and the fabric you chose. I just "pinned" this and plan on trying it myself!

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    August 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I was so excited to see your post title, as just last night we were hanging pics in our dining room, and I decided that our windows needed some faux roman shades. I was prepping myself for spending some money on fabric (we really don't have any great discount fabric stores near by), but now I'm going to have to think outside the box too! ps our room also now has very similar wall colour. Your shades are fabulous and bring in that special finished touch!

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    August 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love them! I use the same table cloth for curtains in my kitchen. But I'm really loving the roman shade look. I think I will try and make them.

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    August 31, 2011 at 12:18 am

    They look wonderful!! I'm so glad my no-sew faux Ro (that's what I call it to myself–try saying it five times fast!) method worked for you. You were so smart to use a tablecloth–the fabric is just beautiful. Your room looks really, really lovely.

    Thank you for linking to me! I really appreciate that. 🙂

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    Refresh restyle
    August 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    These are wonderful!

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    August 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    looks GREAT! absolutely love the fabric!

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    A Few Pennies
    August 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I love this–I'm going to try this to my french doors. And your repaint/fabrics look beautiful together. Awesome look!

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    Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town
    August 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love the transformation!

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    September 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Super cute and so fresh…love the colors! Who knew you could do that with a tablecloth?! I'm off to check out the tutorial!

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    Discount Chandelier
    September 2, 2011 at 4:16 am

    It was a simple and small renovation in the room but the changes is very big. It became relaxing, bright and fresh to stay.

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    September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Love it! The pattern and wall color look fab! great job. 🙂

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    Mel -
    September 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Great fabric. Looks wonderfully put together.

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    September 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Gorgeous. I pinned this so I can make some for my kitchen.


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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    September 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I love it! Thanks for linking!

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    Angie K.
    September 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I saw the tablecloth used as curtains on another blog & have tried to find it, but no luck! I love your shades – beautiful!

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    Liz @
    September 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    That totally brings it all together! I think it looks amazing.

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    September 12, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I love the table! Where is it from?
    The curtains are exceptional, great transformation!!

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    September 24, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Those look so good! I love that you used a tablecloth to make them even more. They add so much character to the space.

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    Rex Family
    September 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I love the paint color! What color did you use?

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    October 16, 2011 at 1:28 am

    how did u make them?

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    October 26, 2011 at 12:33 am

    What is the paint color name of your blue walls? I love it!

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    Amy B.
    November 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Please – what is the name of the blue/gray paint? It looks to be the perfect shade that I am wanting!

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    November 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I love the after! It's refreshing. It is amazing what you can do when you think outside the box with fabric. I've been doing that lately as well. Amazing job!

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    December 3, 2011 at 2:45 am

    The color is palladian blue and I really want to copy this idea in my kitchen with this paint color. CANT wait.

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    December 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I can not find the instructions or tutorial. Any help would be appreciated. Love them!

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    December 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    The tutorial is linked to Imparting Grace in the post above –

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    Linda Leyble
    January 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Hi – that is such a wonderful and inexpensive idea…and who could go wrong with something from Dwell Studio. Thanks for this great post. I am looking forward to reading more of your ideas (found you via Window Mistreatments)


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    January 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hi I'd love to paint my bedroom this color – What company makes the Palladium Blue?? Your room is simple clean and beautiful….

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    January 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Ok I really like these, but how do you make them?

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    January 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    How did you make them? Instructions please —

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    January 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

    The tutorial is linked in the post above from Imparting Grace –

    Good luck!

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    January 17, 2012 at 5:01 am

    How did you make them. Is their a video on how to make them.

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