DIY Fakesies Roman Shade Curtain

Today I’m excited to share with y’all a fun tutorial for a fabric project I created with HGTV’s new fabric line. You can find out more about the fabric (and get a coupon for it!) right here.


Boom. A fakesies roman shade.

As you guys saw in the tour of my kitchen at our rental house, we’re working with a bright, neutral box. David and I decided not to paint the room, so I had to use my noggin when it came to figuring out a way to inject color into the space. One of my ideas was to add curtains to the window over the sink, the window over the stove and the door that leads outside. Lots of spaces that are the perfect candidates for… (drumroll please)… roman shades! Duh. You can read the title of this post.
Because I’m not a normal human, I decided to make my own curtains instead of buying some. I loosely followed Sherry’s tutorial on creating a faux roman shade.

Here are my quick four steps on how to create a fakesies roman shade curtain.

First step. Measure the fabric. Oy. If you remember my DIY black-out nursery curtain escapades, you’ll know that measuring fabric is literally my worst nightmare. Me and a tape measure and exact measurements don’t get along. I’m more of an approximate kind of girl, which doesn’t always work when it comes to sewing! Luckily, David’s grandfather passed on to me his grandmother’s sewing measuring board, so this thing makes my life a whoooole lot easier!

Measure your window and then add two inches to the width (for hemming) and about twelve inches to the length (two inches for hemming and ten inches for adding two five inch loops).


Step two. Hem them suckers. If you’re fancy, use your sewing machine. If you’re me, use hem tape. Hem all four sides of your fabric panel with a one inch hem.


Step three. Cut a 1x2 piece of wood to match the width of your hemmed panel. I picked up some wood at Home Depot and had it cut there. Easy peasy. Then I used heavy-duty double stick tape to attach the wood to the fabric. Hopefully that will hold… only time will tell. It’s still hanging now, so far, so good!


Step four. Pin your fabric back in five inch loops. I was pretty happy I was working with a geometric fabric because that made this step so much easier for me. But even with the ability to line up the patterned fabric to ensure it was matching as I pinned the fold, it was tough. So don’t get discouraged if this step takes you awhile. Them loops gotta be looking right? Right?!


And that’s it, friends. Pretty simple, right? Like Sherry, I didn’t see any need to sew the loops up. In fact, it kind of scared me that thread might pucker the fabric and mess up the whole look. You really can’t see the pins from the front of the curtain, so it works for me.

I attached the wooden piece to the wall with the same double-sided tape that I used to attach the wood to the fabric. Again, hopefully that holds. And hopefully it doesn’t peel the paint off the wall…! Let’s cross that bridge when we get to it, shall we? : )


Before the roman shade…

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…and after the roman shade.


As you can see, these pictures are a little wonky. It poured rain all day Sunday, so I never had a good opportunity to snap some daylight pictures of the new shade. And I need to show you the other roman shades that I created for the kitchen, as well as a few other tweaks I’ve made to the room. I'’ll get on that as soon as the weather clears up. Geez, doesn’t Mother Nature know she needs to cooperate when it comes time to get some blogging done?!

Have you ever made fakesies roman shades before? Any additional tips?!


  1. Love it! When we move into our new house, we are planning on building a desk in front of the office window and making something like this would be perfect!

  2. Woah! What a difference! I love the fabric you chose!

  3. how cool is that? and i love the pattern you picked!

  4. It adds such a fun punch of pattern/color, I love it!! I don't get along w/ tape measures either & guesstimate all the time. #notanengineer My perception of size & dimensions are ALWAYS way off. I could make a dirty joke out of that, but I'll stop here.


  5. Cute! Love the planter on top of your stove too :)

  6. Love the color it adds to the room, Michelle! :)

  7. My kinda window treatment! Perfect punch of color, Michelle... and yes, PLEASE let the weather cooperate on my days off so i can photograph projects!
    xo Heidi

  8. Looks cute! I've been thinking about making a few of those for our kitchen windows to go over our blinds.

  9. How cute is that?!?! And how much do I love that fabric?!!? (the answer, in case you don't know, is a lot! ) :)

  10. I love your blog. I will definitely try making theses curtains. Thanks for this beautiful post! Mike

  11. I love how there's dog paws in both the blackout curtain pictures and the roman curtain pics! ahh fur kids. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. What a lovely fabric, nice choice at all, it's indeed suited with the set of the kitchen, I love the way how it is being fold too, it makes the whole thing stands out.


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