One Yard, No Sew Window Treatment –3 Ways

I have another turquoise project for you today. It is one that uses fabric instead of paint.    I made a no sew window treatment for my daughter’s apartment bedroom using only 1 yard of fabric.  I wasn’t sure exactly what she was going to like or even need on the window, so I made the shade versatile – she can change the look of it 1.2.3…

I photographed it on one of the windows in my studioffice.    Here is the same yard of fabric styled 3 different ways – all completed with no sewing at all.  ( After posting this I found one more way to use the shade making it 4 ways.  See end of post.)

One Yard No Sew Window Shade 3 ways


#1  No Sew Window Treatment: As a No-Sew Roman Shade.

Easy to make No-Sew-Roman-Shade

Presto Chango

#2 No Sew Window Treatment:  Double Clipped Shade

Easy no sew window shade

Easy no sew window treatment


Presto Chango once again

#3  No Sew Window Treatment: Single Clipped Shade

One yard No Sew Window Treatment





Supplies Needed:

1 yard of fabric – I found this turquoise fabric at JoAnn’s Fabrics. It did not have a name on it , but was sold with all the cotton quilt fabrics, not in the decorator fabric section.
Optional: 1 yard of lining fabric
Fabric Glue or HeatN’Bond Fusible Adhesive
Tape Measure
For Roman Shade – 4 tension rods.  I bought them at Walmart for $2.50 a piece. 
For Clipped Shades – 2 Tension Rods, Decorative Brooch or Clip-On Earrings


I ran out of fabric glue in the middle of attaching the fabric lining so for this tutorial I am going to show you how to use both fabric glue and fusible adhesive. You can choose either one and do not have to use both.


1. Measure the width of the window and cut the fabric as needed making sure to add 2 extra inches to fold over so you can make finished edges.  The length of your fabric doesn’t matter, as long as the bolt you buy it from is at least 44” – 54” wide fabric.  My fabric was 44” wide.

No Sew hem

2. Press 1-inch of the fabric over on all sides.  Run a line of fabric glue or fusible adhesive along the edge of the wrong side of the fabric. Fold over to make a hem or in this case  finished edges to the yard of fabric.

3. To make top and bottom rod pockets for tension rods:  Fold over and press the top and bottom of the fabric about an inch and a half or more depending on the diameter of your rod.  (You want to make the pocket large enough for the rod to go through).  Run a line of fabric glue along the edge of the fabric and fold back over to adhere.  Let glue dry or fuse cool before putting rod through.  Note:  remove the rubber stopper on the rod to make threading it through the rod pocket easier.

If you do not need lining, then you are ready to hang the fabric.

To Make No-Sew Fabric Lining:

No-Sew-Decorating Tips and Tricks

1. Use your decorative fabric that you have already folded and finished the edges on as your pattern.  Lay lining fabric right side down on ironing board or work surface.  Fold over the lining to match the size of the decorative fabric.   Press.  I lined the entire piece, but you could stop the lining right under the folded edge of the rod pocket.

How to make no sew decor

2. It will look like this.  All you have to do now is glue/fuse the two together.


3. Here is where I ran out of fabric glue and switched over to HeatN’Bond fusible tape.  Cut the tape to size and press it on all along the edges of the fabric.  Let cool.

How to use HeatN Bond Adhesive

4. Remove the paper backing.


5. Line up the fabric and the lining and press. Repeat on all sides. Let cool before hanging.

No-Sew-Seam using fabric glue

6. A no sew seam.

How to use fabric glue to create no sew decor

7. Press the entire yard of fabric to make sure it is wrinkle-free. Put a tension rod through the top rod pocket and another through the bottom rod pocket.


8. To make a tension rod bigger or smaller – hold one end in each hand and twist.   Hang it up.  Attach bottom rod on the window where it falls.

Tutorial for how to make no Sew window treatments

9.  Place the other two tension rods as shown  – about an equal distance apart.

How to make a no sew window shade

10. Using both your hands – one on each side of the fabric – pull the fabric up and over the higher rod.

How to make a no-sew Roman Window Shade

11. Repeat over the lower rod.  You may need to adjust where rods are to make sure each fold of the shade is about the same size.





To Create Clipped-On Shades:

You only need1 or 2 tension rods for these treatments – for the top and bottom rod pockets.

Note: The spring on the earring clip needs to be strong or it won’t hold.  You could use pins to hold the pleats in place and then add the earrings or brooch over the pins to complete the shade.

Tension-Rod and Fabric No Sew Window Shade

1. For the center clipped shade – move the bottom rod up on the window so the fabric falls at your desired length.

Tutorial No Sew Fabric Window Treatment

2. It will look like this.

Easy Window Treatment Ideas

3. Create the pleat in the center and pin on a brooch to hold the pleats in place.


For the double clipped version. You only need one tension rod at the top. Remove the bottom rod.

No Sew Fabric Window Shade

1.   With your hands – starting along the bottom edge, accordion pleat the fabric on each side and the use a clip-on earring to hold the pleat into place.


4th way to hang the window shade:

After hanging this in my daughters apartment, I found another way to use the shade – as a bottom-up style shade.  I saw this photo in Smith and Noble catalog.  You would only need two tension rods placed top and bottom to create a bottom-up shade as shown in the middle window on this photo.   You could move it up and down as needed.

No sew Bottom-up style window shade



 One Yard No Sew Window Treatment Styled 3 Different Ways



  1. Linda says

    Great idea. I know you made it a no sew, I am into sewing, but the ideas with the rods is great.

  2. Natalie Muoio says

    I love how you give awesome decorating tips best of all is there inexpensive ways to make a house a home and feel beautiful… I am wondering where do you get your gorgeous collection of vintage earrings and brooches? I love that idea….

    • says

      Thanks Natalie – I have collected the vintage earrings, buttons, and brooches since I was in high school. I just love looking at them, especially in mass :) I have found most of them at flea markets, thrift stores, ebay and the best place- retirement community thrift shops. The elderly ladies often sell their old stuff very inexpensively or when someone dies the family often donates the items they don’t want to the shop that is usually in the main building of the community. Call the communities and ask if they have a thrift shop open to the public. In my area – every retirement community has one.

  3. Martha says

    I am new at this heat-n-bond stuff. I have reviewed your instructions and wonderful pictures to do the roman shade for my kitchen. It may seem silly but I am looking at your picture after “to make No-sew Fabric Lining #1 instructions that shows the lining which appears slightly pressed about 1 inch and not bonded as seams. My question is….do you need to bond the lining all along the edges before bonding to the color fabric.

    Thanks…just want to get this right the first time and if I do .,..I’ll share a picture,

    • says

      Hi Martha – Both the lining and the fabric edges need to be turned 1 – inch to the wrong side and then pressed, you do not need to glue or bond under the turned edges, but it will help keep the edges flatter if you do. The lining and fabric should be the same size after you do this. You then place the Heat N’ Bond on top of the turned edge on the lining, remove the paper backing and then align the fabric edge right on top of it making sure the lining and the fabric edged match up, then press to adhere the two pieces together.

  4. Karen Madden Dreiser says

    My this too.. Wish you lived in NEW YORK.. LOL My daughter and her fiancé just bought a new home..these are PERFECT! :)

    • says

      Hi Amanda –
      Thanks for featuring the window treatments on your Facebook page and blog. It is one of my most popular posts. First Magazine featured it last summer in print. I find that easy and do-able projects are always popular.

  5. keenpetite says

    Our home is over 100 yrs old,a guest house in back is my new sewing room (20×20) with powder room, 2 large windows. this idea will work great for those windows.
    Wood floor & soft colors.
    Thank you,

  6. Terrie says

    I love this idea! I have really odd tiny/tall windows (21″W x 54″L) Do you suppose this would work with my odd sized windows?

  7. Renae says

    Hi Diane, I really love the Roman Shade look, I’m wondering how I can use this with my door? Since its a door, I don’t have sides to use tension rods. I’m trying to think of an alternative. ( my husband would not care for the clips, although I love it!) Do you have any ideas? I will be doing this in my bathroom for sure. Thanks for the great directions!

    • says

      Hi Renae – You could mount small wood blocks painted the same color of the door to place the tension rod between.They would not have to be big, just secured on the door well.

  8. Robin says

    WOW! That is INGENIUS! I think that even I can handle this. Great instructions & pictures. Thank you for sharing!!!

  9. Rozella says

    Hi Diane,

    Wow, I really love all your decorating ideas! My girlfriend paid an arm and a leg for her Roman shades. I can’t wait to tell her that I would be making my own.

    Thanks for all the great information. And sharing your talents. You have given me wonderful ideas to start my own decorating projects. Good luck with everything that you do. I will continue to follow your work.

  10. janice kirwan says

    Great instructions…trying to figure something different for my skylight windows! I believe they may work

  11. Diana says

    Hi Diane-
    I love these! I was wandering on your 4th way to hang – (bottom Up) How did you make the top valances?

  12. Swati Kaushik says

    This is sucha cool and simple idea… Ive been going thru so many pins regarding Roman curtains and this so far has been the best and simplest.. thanks soooo much for sharing… :)


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