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Monday, August 4, 2014

diy no sew faux roman shade

I decided to make a little change in the kitchen.  I've been craving pattern in this space for a while now. I finally found a fabric that I love at a great price and decided to make some new window treatments.  The fact that I don't own a sewing machine or even know how to sew never stops me, and in this case, I didn't even bother with no-sew hemming tape.  Nope, I just busted out my trusty hot glue gun and whipped this faux roman shade up in about 20 minutes!  

diy no sew faux roman shade

If you've never used a glue gun to "sew" before.........it's ridiculously easy!  All I did was measure my window to figure out how long and wide I needed my shade to be and then I added a couple inches to both the width and length to make room for hemming.  

step 1: measure + cut your fabric

Then I used my iron to make easy to follow hem lines.  I made a larger hem at the top where I would be inserting the rod to hang the shade.  

Step 2: fold and iron

Once the seams are ironed it's really easy to use a hot glue gun to "sew" them closed.  You want to use a high temperature glue gun so that the glue doesn't bead up and harden too quickly.  Working in small sections also helps to make sure the glue doesn't dry before the fabric is fused together.  Once all sides are hot glued, you're ready to hang your shade.  I like to gather the sides with my hot glue gun after it's hung on the window. 

step 3: gather the sides with a hot glue gun

I just fold the fabric up and then put a small bead of hot glue to hold it in place. 

faux roman stade tutorial


Then stand back and say.............."Who needs a sewing machine?!"  ;)    

DIY faux roman shade made with a hot glue gun!

In all seriousness, I do plan to actually learn how to sew someday, but for now my hot glue gun gets the job done pretty nicely.  Now I have 6 panels to hot glue for the breakfast nook!  Hoping to finish that up soon.  I'm loving the fresh new look this fabric gave the the kitchen.  It compliments the wall color as well as the backsplash tile and it was just the little change I was craving.  

Do you ever "sew" with your hot glue gun?  



19 comments:

  1. Cute shade Carmel! I love the light fixture over your sink - where did you get it??

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    1. It's from Ballard Designs. I think it comes in 2 or 3 sizes - this is the small size.

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  2. The only sewing I ever do is with my glue gun - or stitch witchery! Love it! Aren't faux romans the best? I feel like I can change them out without guilt since they're so easy to put together. I love a guilt-free window treatment. :-)

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  3. So smart for a window covering you don't need to move :) Pretty, pretty!

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  4. I love that fabric too! And how perfect in your gorgeous kitchen!

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  5. I love it! Love the fabric. I have used a hot glue gun to make sweater pillow covers a few times.

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  6. So funny! I am just in the process of deciding on which method to use for bunch of no-sew romans that I need to do and here is another example. Thanks for that. I've collected a few other possible ways of doing it here: http://www.designstyledecor.com/2014/08/style-romans-blinds-part-i.html and I have a few other ones to share. What a dilemma - I a not great with sewing machine (i.e. don't own one) and I've never used a glue gun :) Well, my fabric is waiting on me so I will have to decide soon.

    Your fabric looks great!

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    1. The glue gun is my fast fix of choice! It's so easy!

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  7. Shut the FRONT door! You did not just make a fabulous faux roman shade with hot glue?! I love it!

    Pinning and telling the world!
    ~ Ashley

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  8. I sew, but I'm considering making my next set of curtains with glue tape and my hot glue gun!

    Your faux roman shade looks great!

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  9. So pretty! And I was struck by the prettiness of your kitchen, too. I love the wooden blind over your sink. Is that a plantation shutter?

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  10. You clever girl...that looks great!!

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  11. I love the fabric..where did you find it? I am planning to make these for my sunroom!! Thanks for the great idea!!
    Marsha

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    1. I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby......on sale! :)

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  12. How did u get it on the rod ??? I just love it !!

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    1. I made the top hem wide enough to put a rod through.

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