I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had a lot of time for my extra curricular activities! We are renewing our vows in July and I finally bought a beautiful gown to do it in, but it took up so much time picking one out! Now that it’s ordered, I have more time for my DIY projects.
My laundry room is so plain and has been a work in progress for awhile now. I bought some fabric to make my own no-sew valance/roman shade for the window awhile ago and it was waiting to beautify my laundry room. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a nice shade so I decided to make it look like a roman shade, but not function like one since that would add expense.
Here’s what you need to do your own…
1 yard fabric
Jigsaw or Saw
1 1/2″ screws
1 x 2 wood board
Staple gun and staples
Start by measuring the window from the outside trim to trim depending on where you want it. My window was 33″ wide. Next, cut your 1 x 2 the width of the window you measured. I cut my board to 33″ with a jigsaw, but you can use any saw to cut the board to your length.
When your board is cut, you are ready to hem your fabric with the fabric tape. Apply the tape along the edges of the fabric and fold over the fabric on top of itself to create a clean hem line. Do this on all sides except for the top since that will be folded over the board anyways.
Now you can attach your fabric to the board. It’s really easy to wrap the fabric around the board, but to do it nicely takes a little more finesse. Fold over the sides onto the board and staple them to it. Then, roll the board to fold the fabric over the board and then secure it with staples.
Your new shade could look different than mine depending on what you want it to be. It could be folded under, rolled, pleated, or draped. I like the look of roman shades so I folded my fabric under in pleats to make it look like a roman shade. If you decide to go that route, here’s how I folded the fabric.
Make folds starting at the bottom of the fabric. Pull it under the other fabric to make the first pleat. Make the next fold by pulling the fabric on top of the the first fold and again with a third fold on top of the other two. There should be 3 folds when you are finished that are ready to be taped.
Take the board that the fabric is attached to and pull it towards you to reveal the back of the fold. It’s a little hard to explain, but pay close attention in the pictures to see where to apply the fabric tape. Apply the tape across the fold so you can lay the fabric back on top of it and press it firmly to secure it. Once that is secure, pull the fabric up again to reveal the back of the 2nd fold. Apply tape to the back of the fold to adhere it to the back. Do the same to the third fold.
When you pick up the curtain, everything should stay in place (crossing fingers!). If there is anything that seems out of place, throw some more fabric tape on and fix it up! The curtain is now ready to hang, but it is a good idea to pre-drill holes in the wood to make the screws go through the fabric easier. Trust me, when you try to drill through fabric, it spins it around the drill! Go slow and it will slowly make a hole in the fabric and then you are ok to drill through the rest of the way.
Choose where you want to hang the curtain and keep in mind that the higher you hang it, the bigger the room will feel. I hung my curtain a foot higher than the window to give the illusion of a bigger window and taller ceilings. Use a level and screw the board onto the wall. Secure it on each end and in the middle depending on the size of the curtain.
Your new valance/curtain is finished and now it’s ready to enjoy! I love the fabric I chose and the colors are great! I plan on painting the laundry room a subtle blue that will come from the shade. Hopefully, it’s as easy for you as it was for me. Tell me what you think!
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