In An Instant: No Sew Window Treatment

by Diane Henkler on 03/01/2012

This is truly the easiest no sew window treatment I have ever posted. It is done with a sheet, not a flat sheet that you see made into easy no-sew panels, but– a fitted sheet.  I found this set for $13.99 at Ross and bought it because I liked the pattern and plan to use the set as fabric yardage in my studioffice makeover.

How to decorate with sheets

I learned to create this treatment when I worked in display and had forgotten all about it until I was in the supermarket line recently paging through a decorating magazine and saw a balloon style shade featured in a photo spread.   “OMGosh look at that” I thought.  If you live long enough you see that– everything that goes around truly does come around again, but with a few tweaks.   This project was not in my book, but I did demonstrate it on Lifetime TV. It is on video tape, not digital or I would have added it to the post.

Decorating with sheets Window Treatment

PS: One of my readers told me she found a similar pattern sheet on  Thanks Patricia Prinzo for sharing your resource. XO

Here is the link:

Charleston Sheet Set   or check out  the Lyon Percale set.


Supplies Needed:

Fitted Sheet – I used a full size sheet, but a twin works just as well on a single window.  There will be less gathering along the top of the rod.
Curtain rod
Ribbon or pins

Fitted Sheet Window Shade

1.  Drape the fitted sheet over a curtain rod so that the elastic corners fall to the sides of the window.

Fitted-Sheet Window Shade

2.  Pull the sheet so that the bottom edges on front and back are even and the elastic corners are lined up front to back on each side.

No Sew Window Treatment using a fitted sheet

3.  I am using the bright pink ribbon to better demonstrate how to pull and tie and sheet up.  I used white first, but I realized it was invisible in the photos. Ant ribbon will work.   Drape 2 long pieces of ribbon over rod and sheet as shown.

How to use a fitted sheet to make a window treatment

4. Start on one side and tie the ends of one ribbon together. As you pull the ribbon up the sheet will raise up.  When you like where it falls, tie the ribbon in a bow or

Decorating with Sheets

a knot and cut the excess away.  Repeat on the other side.   Fluff and arrange folds as needed.

No sew decorating window treatments

Use any color or type of ribbon. Here I used white to create a more subtle look.

No Sew Window shade using a fitted sheet

You need to fluff the folds and make sure the ribbons are tied up evenly across the window.  There is really no right or wrong way – it is whatever you like.  You can make it longer or shorter by bringing the ribbon bow/or knot closer to the rod.

No Sew Decorating Ideas

I played with the sheet in my daughter’s room and used pins instead of ribbon to hold it up.  I gathered a side at a time with my hand and secured the gathered folds with a large safety pin.  I placed it in vertically with the head of the pin on the back side of the sheet.  I did this on another window treatment I made and you can see the tutorial that has very close up photos of how to do the pinning – How to Make an Instant No-Sew Window Valance.

  No sew decorating ideas window treatments

To hide the pin, I slid an open clip-on earring on the front of the pin to hide it.

No sew decorating ideas

Contrasting ribbon tied into knots. The knots are hidden on the back of the shade.

No sew window treatments

Matching ribbons tied into bows.

No sew decorating ideas

And when you don’t need the shade up anymore you can simply remove the ribbons and take the sheet down to use again on a bed if needed.

Since the sheet is draped over the rod – there will be pattern on each side. If you are going to do this on the front of your home, you can place a roller shade or blinds behind the treatment, so you won’t see color or pattern on the exterior of your home.

If you want to cover two windows – cut one patterned sheet in half and one white sheet in half. Sew a patterned sheet to the white sheet. The seam would be hidden by the curtain rod. Easy way to make a lining for a treatment like this.

How-to-make-a-curtain-rod-fIf you have two windows you want to cover and don’t need the sheet for a bed you can cut it in half and make a shade for each window.  For a n0-sew version – fold over the cut edge (top) and use fabric glue to make a seam for a rod pocket to fit the diameter of your curtain rod.   If you sew  – fold over top edge and  sew a straight line a few inches down across the top to create the rod pocket.




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{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Merri Jo March 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Adorable!! And as always, your clever creativity and resourcefulness never cease to amaze me!


2 Ann/alba March 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

This is such a great Idea.. I was having issues finding something for my Kitchen window, I did not want to put up a permanent curtain rod.
Thanks for Sharing.


3 Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs March 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm

This is so neat! I’ve done all sorts of curtains using bedsheets—even have done this same method for tying them up— but never thought of using a fitted sheet to get the puffy-look. Thanks too for mentioning a window shade or blind behind the sheet fabric. Not only will it hide the print of the fabric from the outside view, but also will help keep the fabric from getting sunbleached very soon. Sheets are hands down one of the best resources for wonderful designs to use in many fabric applications. Your idea is great!


4 Diane March 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Thanks Connie. I was thrilled when I found this set at my local Ross. Inexpensive and lots of yardage.


5 Teresa March 2, 2012 at 12:26 am

Bravo! You did good :)


6 Bettsi March 2, 2012 at 12:47 am

So clever! So cute!


7 Simply Sara March 2, 2012 at 5:24 am

I love that sheet, where did you find it??



8 Diane March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hi Sara – I got the sheet set at Ross. It is like a TJ Maxx or Marshalls.


9 Joy D March 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

What a great idea. I love the pattern on the sheet too.


10 Ginger March 2, 2012 at 7:18 am
11 Holly March 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

Wow, that is so easy and a really great look! I love the pattern on the sheet you picked out too – that could really go anywhere. Looking forward to our outing – I’ll email you guys today.


12 Carrie @ The Internet Made Me Do It March 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

Wow! Sheer genius! I think we’ve all used flat sheets before, but not fitted! I’m off to make one of these for the nursery – as I had been stumped and searching for weeks! Thank you!


13 Wooden Signs With Quotes March 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

Thanks for this. Should be a fun next project for me!


14 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions March 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

Great idea, Diane! I know what you mean about things coming back ~ I had balloon valances in a few rooms at one time. I’m sorry they aren’t as popular as they were because I thought it was such a pretty look.


15 Sheryll & Critters. March 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

Oh I love this. Both the how to use a fitted sheet without sewing AND the pattern. I must, must find a Ross Store around me. I definitely love the low price and it appears to be a really good quaulity as well.

I would love to find this fabric and afford to buy three sets, in order to make a bedspread of duvet cover for my bedroom. Unfortunately I can’t even afford three at that great price….. but I sure can dream.


16 binhtheredonethat March 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

OMG…it’s adorable….Love it! great idea.


17 lorena March 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

What a great and simple IDEA .
This will be on my next diy home project

thanks for sharing


18 Shannon @ aka design March 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

This would be fabulous in a little girls room!


19 Marilyn Holeman March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Another great idea from Diane. I’m so glad I found your blog! Thanks.


20 Kim March 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Really excited about this! I can barely sew a button on, so this is perfect for me. Thanks!


21 Catherine In NJ March 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Oh My Diane! Your so brillant! LOVE IT, and plan to use it! Here’s my question; does it look white from the outside? Sorry it’s ingrained in me to have the curtains white looking from the curb. I have made a slip cover for my foot rest that took 1 month- I kid you not. Lining the sheets may take a year! Gosh this is so wonderful!!!!


22 Diane March 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

hi Catherine – You would see the pattern on the exterior. I suggest you put a roller shade behind it or if you need to cover 2 windows – cut one patterned sheet in half and one white sheet in half. Sew a patterned sheet to the white sheet. The seam would be hidden by the curtain rod. Easy way to make a lining for a treatment like this.


23 Denise March 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

These are so cute! I love that sheet pattern. I wonder if a Ross near me will carry it? The pink is pretty but l love the white bows. It’s so fresh and pretty!


24 Diane March 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

HI Denise – I originally used the white ribbon, but realized it didn’t show up in the photos where I was trying to demonstrate how to tie the sheet onto the rod. Had to find a ribbon that would show up. The pink definitely shows up :)


25 pandoras box March 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Absolutely love this idea and never gave it any thought – thanks for the inspiration – I am off to find a new sheet!


26 Push "It" Pallet March 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm

completely agree!


27 Push "It" Pallet March 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Another great idea! love, love, love!


28 Toodie March 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

Ok, I’m pretty sure you’ve out-heroed my hero! What an amazingly genius idea!


29 Terry Moore March 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm



30 Stephanie March 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for this :)


31 aimee March 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

wow diane what a great idea, i would love for you to come and link up at my party at

thankyou xxxxxx


32 Joy March 5, 2012 at 5:11 am

This curtain is so cute! You’re so very creative! I pinned this…but have it linked back to this blog.


33 Rachel March 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

Saw this on Addicted 2 Decorating…..great job!!!! I’ve been looking for cute, easy, girly curtains to put in our home office/playroom and I can’t wait to try these!


34 Lina March 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm

What a wonderful project!! So fancy & frugal..luv it!


35 Pamela March 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Great idea! any idea how to “boy” it up like with no bows.


36 Diane March 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Funny your name is Pamela. One of my good friends name is Pam. I had girls and she had boys. She always asked me the same question. You could use rope or leather belts.


37 dena May 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE – am totally doing this in my daughters room!!!


38 Katharine May 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I don’t know if you get comments on old posts, but I had to say “this is so clever” Again!!!

I have lace curtains that have little sewn on rings and you can pull it up or down for the length. I had them on my old windows at our apartment and bought them in the mid 80′s. I hated when I washed it cause I had to re tie or pin the little rings up.

I’m going to make a faux roman shade. I made a dress once with a fitted sheet. lol


39 Trish June 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I have been looking for directions on how to do this and you made it sound so simple. I am school teacher and would like to use this idea in my classroom to brighten my room! Thanks SOOOOO much for this! And thanks for the suggestion on where to find cheap sheets, I didn’t even think of that!


40 Lori June 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

WOW!!! What a great idea. I’ve been looking for a curtain for my laundry room and nothing seems to match my washer/dryer…they’re red!!! Anyway I CANNOT sew to save my life and when I saw this I was like OMG!!! I can do this. Thank you so much for sharing!!!


41 rere July 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

that’s adorable!


42 Eva July 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I have a very narrow kitchen window that I’d love to try this on. I bet a crib sheet would work for that!


43 monique July 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

this is so cute. Hubby almost finished w/addition and this will be perfect for the windows. Thank you.


44 Kat August 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

So you just draped the sheet over the rod? How far down did you pull it in the back?


45 Mary Furlong August 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

This is a great idea. Can’t wait to use it! Thank you for sharing.


46 regina September 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

I want to do this for my daughters room but needed to ask if she has a huge double window will i be able to find a extension rod that size you think? I like the idea of not putting up any rods? I can use two twin sheets i supose to get the width but unsure of the rod? can you offer any suggestions????


47 Diane September 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

HI Regina – They make long tension rods. I have one in my basement that I used for my mother-in-laws apartment. They sell them at JC Penneys. Walmart might carry them, too. The longer lengths cost a little more, but will work perfectly on a double wide window.


48 Sierra October 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

My daughter has a double window in her room , i’m wondering if you think a king sheet would work.. or would you just use two twin sheets?


49 Bambi November 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

king sheet works great I used one .plus I also put a button in the middle of the curtain in front where u gether it then put a ribbon from back 2 front buttoned the ribbon 2 hold the gethering looks great


50 Vikki October 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I have a small window…I used a crib sheet. Boys room – used rope instead of ribbon.


51 kimgagashi November 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

excellent ideas, i can also recycle some of my old bedsheets. Thanks for sharing (:


52 DKGMom January 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

What a great easy idea! I really like it! I think a black ribbon would look great with the pattern that you show in the pictures but the hot pink is cute too! I think for a boys’s room you could use rope, raffia, belts, shoe laces or leather boot laces instead of ribbon. I can’t wait to try this idea in my kids’ rooms!


53 Diane Henkler January 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

HI DKG Mom – I like the way you are thinking – so many possibilities to add your own or your kids style and personality. It makes DIYing lots of fun.


54 Jackigan February 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I have been looking for this style balloon type valance that no one seems to make in a girls nursery pattern that I like. I love this and it could solve all my problems!! But I have honeycomb shades on the windows now and would need to make this valance an outside mount.. Do you have any ideas on how that could work?


55 Diane Henkler February 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Hi Jackigan – You could do the same treatment using a conventional outside mounted rod like this The sides of the fabric would just fall outside of the window and over the honeycomb shades instead of inside the window.


56 Deb February 9, 2013 at 4:49 am

Are these fitted sheets the ones with elastic all around, or only at the corners?


57 fahime February 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

It is such a wonderfull idea …i like it. thanx


58 Connie Watson April 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

I so needed a cute curtain that is inexpensive! I have a home with windows everywhere!! I especially want to make the living room windows (4 of them) look nice. I will find a sheet I like, and some coordinating ribbon and get to work! What a creative and thrifty mind God blessed you with. Thank you for sharing all of that gift with us!!


59 Robin June 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Hi! I love this! I’ve used sheets as curtains for years! I just wanted to give a suggestion for an even easier way to use flat sheets. If you take the edge seam out at the top and bottom of the sheet, where they are folded over, you automatically have a rod pocket! No sewing, no ironing! Even easier!


60 Nancy June 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

So cute & easy, thanks so much for sharing that idea!!!


61 Michelle H. June 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

Wow, cool….I’ve got some small windows in my house….I might have to do this using Crib Sheets for a smaller scale….thanks for sharing this great idea…


62 Isaac July 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

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63 Lin September 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Love love love this idea. Will be shopping for sheets tomorrow!


64 Lou Ann Salmon November 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

When I saw this idea I was thrilled. I wanted balloon curtains for my bedroom but because of the wide width of my windows they were hard to fit and very pricey! So i was left with having to make some. I can sew but finding time for it is another question. Your idea was the perfect solution and queen sheets would work perfect for my windows. Problem is, where does one buy fitted sheets these days with elastic on the corners only? Can’t find any! So I had to resort to sewing my own tie-up shades. They turned out great and are reversible for a change in color scheme. But I would have preferred using your quick and easy idea. Would appreciate any advice on where to purchase sheets with elastic on corners only as I have more windows I would like to try that on!


65 Diane Henkler November 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Lou Ann – Sounds like you are very resourceful! Love hearing that you figured out a way to make an idea work for you. I found the sheets at Ross. I don’t know of any particular brand of sheets that has only corners with elastic. Years ago when I made a fitted sheet window treatment for a TV show I used to be a guest on, I used a sheet with the elastic all around. I pinned the sides together. It created a much fuller shade.


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