No-Sew Roman Shade by Guest Blogger The Cerniks!

Hi All! I’m Whitney and I am thrilled to be a guest here at Happy Hour Projects! You can find me over at The Cerniks, my little piece of the web in which I share the joys (and trials) of a new marriage and (literally) making a house, then making it a home.

Us Cerniks have had a whirlwind year! Last spring we were married and graduated in the same week! My husband began his year long residency (i.e. endless hours at the hospital) this summer. We thought we ought to throw one more thing on our plate, so we bought three acres and began building our first home in September. We share everything from step by step construction of our home, recipes, day by day life, outfits, home decor, DIY tutorials….you name it!

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a mortgage….and a budget? As newlyweds, we need a lot of furniture to fill up our new house! Welcome DIY! To save money for important pieces, I have become a DIY obsessed decorator (and absolutely hooked on DIY blogs)!

We had a NAKED window in our mudroom/laundry room. The window needed jazzed up a bit and I adore Roman shades…just not the price! So, I searched the DIY mothership….Pinterest! I can’t sew. There, I admit it. This problem eliminated the majority of tutorials! Then I found this NO SEW faux Roman shade tutorial. Perfect. We really didn’t need a functioning shade, the best part of 3 acres is that no one is looking in!

Here is my version!
What you need:
  • 3 tension rods (mine were under $2 from Walmart)
  • fabric glue
  • fabric you LOVE
First, measure the width of your window and tack on an extra inch or so to each side. You also will need your fabric to be about two times the length of the window. My window is 28″x34″….roughly. I cut my fabric to 30×56 (because it was already 56″ long, lazy…I know).

Use a little Liquid Thread or a fabric glue of your choice and fold over your edges that run along the sides of your window (i.e. the left and right sides). I used Liquid Thread because that was what I picked off the shelf…no intention of picking a glue I needed to iron, it just happened (and I live 20 minutes from Walmart).

Now that the sides are done, connect the bottom to the top!

This doesn’t have to be perfect either…check out my seam! Don’t worry, we will hide this!
Hang your fabric on a tension rod and place it at the top of your window. I placed my “ugly” seam at the top, just behind the rod.

Now, place the second tension rod several inches below the first and pull the front piece of fabric over. Repeat with the third rod.

After that, it just takes a little fiddling to get it right!
And there you have it…all in about an hour!

What to see our house?
My most recent project, our kitchen table!


    • lynn says

      what a great easy project and so worth the 45 min it took to put it together. Hurray for liquid stitch.

  1. Joan says

    Love this, I've been looking for something for my kitchen windows and this will be perfect! Pinning!

  2. Sherry says

    It looks nice and you did a beautiful job. I guess I'll be doing this soon. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm now your newest follower.

  3. Shelly says

    I noted this the other day via Honeybear Lane. I love the material!! Well done tutorial too. :)

  4. Kar says

    love the fabric…for a shade that small you might be able to use velcro dots, incase you need a working shade.

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  6. Diana says

    OMG I love this – I too am sewing challenged and this is a project I can actually managed. Thank you

  7. sue says

    I just wanted to tell you that I had made curtains similar to yours in the EXACT fabric a year ago and I also made them as roman shades! I bought the fabric at Joanne’s. I was just browsing pinterest and wanted to see other roman shades and found your site. Although the shades I made had to be sewn, because a pair needed to be hung on my french door. Yours look fabulous!

  8. Sammia says

    Very nice! But i have aQuestion. So these you can’t really adjust day to day with out taking the rods off right?

  9. Marti says

    Just did these today for one of my guest baths. LOVE IT. It has made a huge difference, and I think the entire project cost me 12 bucks! Thank you so much for sharng the idea.

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