Recovering Your Roman Shade DIY

Have a roman shade but fell out of love with it?

I did.

It just didn't match.

You may remember the before here below.

It was ok.

It was just khaki brown and didn't go well.

I didn't want to spend a bank to buy a new one so..

I took it down and brushed the 7 layers of dust off.

And you know what I found?

My dream fabric at Kmart!!!

It's a set of sheets but I can so work with that.

I cut a piece to fit on top of the existing shade.

I then turned the edge over and pinned it down.

I did not overlap to the back because I didn't want to mess with the pull string.

I then pleated over the original pleats and pinned them down.

After I had it all pinned, I sewed the edges on my machine.

I tacked down the pleats to help hold them in place.

I did not iron it and have no intentions on doing so...LOL.

The heat from the outside will do that for me  ;)

From the outside it looks like the real deal.

I overlapped the bottom edge.

Here is what the edges look like.

Not bad.

The picture shows more than the naked eye ;)

Ahhh so much better than the brown.

For those that are wondering, the shade still works.

 I didn't mess with the back so the draw string still works just fine.

Now I have big plans for the other sheets.
Can't wait to share more!

xoxox Susie


  1. guess who's taking a drive to kmart today? guess who never thought she'd ever say THAT? if you guessed ME, you'd be correct. lol CUTE shade and great idea!!

  2. Brillant transformation. Looks great.

  3. I love that! I need a couple of Roman shades in my room and bathroom, but I'm too a) lazy and b) scared to work on them. One of these days I'll get up enough gumption and nerves to tackle making them. Unless someone wants to do them for me. ;)

  4. What a great idea; the shade looks absolutely charming now!

  5. This is GREAT! I've been putting off redoing some of my shades, but this is a HUGE motivator for me! Thanks for sharing:)


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