Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cute window shade from scraps

My sewing techniques are not for the faint of heart.  

Let's just say I'm never going to get paid for any of my sewing creations, 
but that's okay as long as I can live with them.

Here's my new window shade in our hallway upstairs.

(There used to be a paper shade here that cost me a total of $2.99,
so I didn't feel too bad about replacing it.  You can see that post here.)

This new shade is made from scraps of leftover fabric from various projects.  The brown and white print 
was leftover from a chair seat I covered at our kitchen desk years ago.  The brown trim on the edges was originally a tablecloth, and the lining is leftover Unbleached Natural Osnaburg that I've used for several projects....everything from pillows to printing on the fabric in the printer (it's great for that).

Here's how it started...

I didn't even sew a rod pocket for the shade.....the top of the shade is just tucked over a tension rod, 
so I wasn't too concerned about the finished look.

I literally tucked the ends inside the shade and sewed a straight line across the bottom to hem it.
(Like I said, not for the faint of heart when it comes to the serious seamstress...)


The "pleats" are in place with additional tension rods.

I saw this genius idea at Imparting Grace.
(This is a wonderful blog you should check out when you get a minute.)

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Have a great weekend!



  1. They look great! I love the neutral colors! And hey, don't feel bad about your sewing abilities. I was given a sewing machine earlier this year and have yet to figure it out!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  2. It looks great! I think your sewing abilities are awesome!!!

  3. What a clever idea. And it looks great!

  4. Great project! I love how your curtains turned out. Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Take Care,