Well I have been super obsessed with CWD Textiles Mint Fleur Chinoise Fabric. It works perfectly with all the colors I have in our home. White, Navy, Aqua, Coral & Black primarily.
I saw a fabulous post about a year ago from one of my fave blogs A Well Dressed Home and have been patiently waiting to try it. FINALLY- since we purchased our home in September I got to the DIY roller shade project. It is simple and cost effective and oh wait- NO SEW! Yes I work in fashion and can’t sew. That’s me. It’s a goal to learn but for now fabric glue and no sew iron on adhesive tape is my friend.
I chose to use some fabric that was quite costly… but worked perfectly with my color scheme in our New England home SO to assure I didn’t waste an inch of it- I did a practice round with the same striped fabric from our new shower curtain. If you have the time and fabric to do this I highly suggest it. After all the roller shade is only $5-8/each depending on where you decide to purchase. The first trial was fairly successful but not perfect. The fabric I used was poplin and may be a bit too light weight for this project.
:: first trial. not actually using (too matchy matchy) but worth seeing how it looked. I learned from my first trial and perfected the real deal::
Okay- now the pressure is on. Time for the real thing…. I chose a fabric that was a light weight twill weave and it worked perfectly for this project. Much better than the poplin trial.
First- measure your your needs. I found that if I only ever wanted the curtain to hang 22″ max then there was no need to do the full window length of 42″ for example. The less fabric you use the more successful the shade is at 1) rolling up 2) continuing to be made to go up and down.
So I took my needs of a 22″ height and added 2″ of wastage at each end (top & bottom)
The width of the window was 32″ but to assure I was measuring properly I placed the roller shade on the fabric and added 2″ of wastage to either side (left & right)
Total fabric need being 26″ high x 36″ wide.
Cut fabric to your needs and iron. Do this for all windows
Then- I decided to have the shade be “fabric over” instead of “fabric under”- I think it looks more finished and chic this way. So I placed the shade accordingly onto the fabric. :: see below ::
Make sure the back side of the fabric does not have any loose thread, lint or dirt- or else it may show thru and you will never be able to get it off once glue is applied.
Place shade in the center of your fabric and starting with each side…. place fabric glue along the very edge of the shade. Firmly fold over the fabric and secure ::make sure there are no wrinkles:: Do the same thing to the other side.
Then do the same thing to the bottom of the shade. The corners of the shade need to be done very well in order to make a clean point.
Roll the top of the shade back a bit and do the same thing to the top of the fabric- applying glue to the edge of the top of the fabric and then roll the shade over the top edge to secure the fabric-glue to the shade.
::Let Dry:: Learn from me- have patience. Do not blow-dry the glue. This will create shrinkage and wrinkle ::thank you practice shade::
:: back of the shade once complete ::
Tightly roll up the newly fabric covered shade. Make sure the shade spring has been tightened and place into your window.
Pull down the shade to your desired length and TAH DAH!!!
* Note- if the shade doesn’t stay where you want it then you have to un-roll the entire shade, roll the entire shade back up tightly- and then make sure the spring is tightened back into place. If the spring of the roller shade is not tightened the shade will not roll up or down.
I like simple curtains in the kitchen. And I am not a fan of the color of natural wood so had to do something to spruce up this space. Currently in the process of painting the walls white and looking for new knobs for the cabinets until the hubs gives me a go ahead to have the cabinets re-done in white. ::this is at the VERY end of the to-do list unfortunately:: BUT this fabric really pulled all our colors together- aqua from the bathroom and shelf, coral from the accents, black from the granite and furniture AND did I mention it has a glitter shimmer all over it? YUP. Any anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with anything glitter.
I did 3 windows in about 5 hours including a practice shade.
Couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
xoxo- SDM For The Pink Lobstah
* be kind and you will inspire others