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One Yard, No Sew Window Treatment –3 Ways

How to use only one yard of decorator fabric to make a no Sew window treatment that can be styled three different ways. 

I have posted about making no sew drapes and no sew window treatments that required a lot of yardage. This window shade only requires one yard and what is even better, it can be made without the need of a sewing machine.

I made this 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 style it in 3 different ways.

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.)

Affordable, easy, and no-sew window treatment. It can be made with only one yard of fabric and styled 3 different ways.How to Make a One Yard No Sew Window Treatment

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

Easy to make No-Sew-Roman-Shade

Then….Presto Chang-O!

#2 No Sew Window Treatment:  Double Clipped Shade

Easy no sew window shade

Easy no sew window treatment

Presto Chang-O once again.

#3  No Sew Window Treatment: Single Clipped Shade

One yard No Sew Window Treatment

How to Make a 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
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Iron
  • 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.

No-Sew-Window-Treatment-Tutorial

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.

How 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.

HeatN-bond-Iron-On-adhesive

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.

No-Sew-Fabric-and-Lining

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.

How to Hang the Shade on the Window

Tension-Rod-No-Sew-Roman-Shade

1. 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

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

How to make a no sew window shade

3. 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

4. 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.

Roman-Shade-No-Sew

No-Sew-Roman-Shade-Lined

No-Sew-Lined-window-shade

How To Style the Shade In Different Ways

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.

Double Clipped Style

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.

Another Way to Hang Hang the 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

 Turquoise and white no-sew window treatment shade that can be styled in different ways

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90 Comments

  1. Congratulations on being in a magazine! You are so talented. I have always done these types of projects in my precious homes but not so much anymore.

  2. I really want to try this! Can I add a liner to this? In a linen? I want to put these blinds in a very bright window so I’m a little worried about fading.

    Thanks for the idea!
    😊

    1. Hi – Yes you can use a linen liner, I just used the cotton fabric I had on hand to make the liner. The thicker the fabric the more full the shade will look.

  3. Such an easy diy project. Your pics and directions are excellent. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

  4. I LOVE your no sew Roman shades. I have horizontal blinds hanging already – will these shades work with the blinds?

    1. Hi Sonya – Some windows are deeper than others. If there is room along the top of the window frame in front of the blinds where the tension rod can fit across, then Yes, the Roman shade will work in front of the blinds.

  5. With windows that are longer i find that people can see in when I would prefer they can’t. Therefore, I will keep the shade set at the bottom of the window and raise the curtain rod UP to the height I desire!! It gives me privacy and I get the sunshine ?too!

  6. I was so happy to find your post on making my daughter’s curtain panel into a valance! She has a window unit air conditioner. Still needing the lined panel for cold Iowa winters, I have been trying to figure out how to shorten the panel without ruining it for winter months.
    Thanks, Terri

    1. Mama Mia !!!!! Thank God for a DIYer like you. I just eat up any NO SEW project tutorial. As soon as I even see the word SEWING I am gone to another blog in a jiffy. Keep projects such as these coming !!!!!

  7. Dear Diane,
    Thanks for the kitchen curtain ideas. Since I don’t sew I am going to try these to spruce up my kitchen. I just have one question I don’t understand the up then over the rod information, do you just pull up fabric and then let it hang the amount you want or do you actually wrap the tension rod. Please clarify for a beginner who wants to do it herself.

    I love your decorating ideas. Thanks for sharing. Terry Green

    1. Hi Terry –

      When styling the fabric over the tension rods, you simply pull the fabric over the rods and then let it hang the amount you want over the rod. This way you can change the amount for the amount of coverage you need day to day or change the look of the fabric easily.

  8. Diane, your Roman shade is the cutest, simplest way I’ve ever seen to make them and without all that confusing hardware! I didn’t fear the sewing. It was getting the necessary hardware for the job and knowing it would work on my windows. I’ll be making a run to Walmart this afternoon for tension rods. I’m even going to make one for the huge “picture window” in my kitchen! Thank you for sharing your genius!

  9. This is a brilliant idea. I have been struggling with ideas for a simple Roman blind which you have now solved. Thanks ever so much.

  10. 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… :)

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

    1. Hi Diana – The photo showing the 4th way to hang the window treatment is from a magazine. I posted it to show how the middle window is covered. I am not exactly sure how they made the valance, but you could make a Styrofoam valance. I have made quite a few of these. It could be made to any size and dimensions. Here is the link to the post I wrote on how to make one: https://inmyownstyle.com/2011/08/quick-and-easy-home-decorating-window-valance.html

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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!

    1. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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,
    Carmen

    1. 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.

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

  19. 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,

    1. 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.

  20. 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….

    1. 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.

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

  22. I am not a sewer and I’m always looking for great ideas that don’t require your skill. These ideas are great. Thank you.

  23. I’m a Kenyan woman, just visited your site for the first time, i like what you are doing… keep it up

  24. Okay, you have a new big fan.
    That “Roman Shade” is the cleverest trick I have ever seen, and I can’t WAIT to try it on my boring windows (that are begging for an uplift)!!! :)

  25. Ohhhh – you did it again! Time to get measuring and buy some tension rods… I love no-sew projects. Thank you

  26. You’re a lifesaver. I’m preparing to put my house on the market, and wanted a Roman shade, and even though I know how to sew, I don’t feel I have enough time to make one. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am now that I’ve found your “Roman Shade.” I have a couple of tension rods, and I’m going to make your roman shade. I can’t begin to thank you enough, GREAT IDEA. :O)

  27. Great post! I did this with clearance PILLOWCASES from Target. I ripped the seams and it worked perfectly! Thanks!

  28. THIS IDEA ROCKS! YOU MAKE IT LOOK SO EASY. I WILL TRY AND WILL USE THE LINING THAT BLOCKS OUT THE SUN….FOR MY BED ROOM.

    THANKS FOR THE GREAT PIN.

  29. This is the greatest thing I have seen in quite awhile. I would like to make kitchen curtains for my daughters kitchen and do not want to spend a fortune. Thanks for sharing this, I will be going to Joanne’s today.

  30. Just found your site after seeing the 1 yd- no sew photo on Pintrest….Love Love this site. My daughter is building a home with LOTS of windows and this may work very well until she can do all the windows individually. This is sooo great for college student apartments also–or anywhere else! (it sure beats covering the windows with a “sheet” :) )—-Thank you for sharing!

  31. This is such a great idea!!!! Can’t wait to try this for my kids rooms and my room!!!!!

  32. I made these shades over the weekend and I love them! My house was built in 1901 and needless to say none of the windows are standard sizes. In my living room is a huge window that is actually 3 windows side by side. On each side is a 21 1/2 inch wide window with a 43 1/2 inch window in the middle. Curtains never looked right and custom roman shade were going to cost a fortune. The only thing I did different is that I sewed my shades instead of using glue/tape. Very easy to make only took about 3 hours and I was going slow and taking my time. Thank you for posting this tutorial it saved me a bundle!!

  33. WOWZA! I love this idea, this just might be what i need to do in the master bath. thank you!
    XO
    Kristin
    PS..hope you don’t mind I linked it to fb :)

  34. AMAZING!!! I love the roman shade look. I am going to make this for my guest room. I love it!! Thank you for the great idea!!!

  35. Diane,
    What a fabulous idea ! When you live in an apartment you hate to make holes in walls sto hang curtains ,and this is so easy and ver stunning! Thank you for sharing your idea. I know I will c=be coming back to see what’s new everyday. Have a wonderful Day .
    Susan

    1. I Meg – I found the fabric at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics. It is cotton fabric that is on bolts where the quilting squares are sold. Not with the decorator fabric.

  36. Diane,
    GREAT Ideas! One question though…I don’t understand how the second tension rod is used on the clip options? Thanks

    1. Hi Sherry – It is pretty simple, but hard to explain. :) The rod pocket bottom is no longer going to be the bottom of the shade. You bring the bottom rod behind the shade so that you will have a new shorter version of the shade without having to cut the fabric.

      Decide where you want the fabric to fall on the window. Move the tension rod behind the shade and keep moving it up until you like where the bottom edge of the fabric is falling on the window. When you like where this rolled edge of the fabric falls – place your tension rod as high up on the window as needed. Doing this creates a soft fold on the bottom of the fabric. This new bottom is what you pleat with your hands and pin.

      Another way to look at is this – the bottom tension rods placement in the window determines how short or long the shade will be. In the morning you may want it as short as a valance to let in the morning light. To do that you would bring the bottom rod all the way up behind the shade right under the top rod. In the afternoon you can move the bottom rod further down in the window to create a longer shade to block out the harsh afternoon sun. The bottom rod is used as a way to change the length of the shade easily. Where ever you place it the bottom edge of the fabric will always look finished because it it just a soft fold.

      1. Thansk, Diane – now I get it! I think I need to make these, with lining, for my west facing windows. They have roller shades but with a good black out lining these should do the job and be MUCH more attractive.

      2. Hi again Sherry –

        I forgot to tell you on the shade with 2 clips – one on each side. The tension rod is removed from the bottom rod pocket. That treatment only needs one rod pocket at the top.

    1. Thanks Bobi – I had the shade on my studioffice window for a few days before taking it down to give to my daughter. I got used to it and now my window looks so bare. I think I may make two for both windows in my office soon using another fabric.

      My blog design is a work in progress. I have been blogging for almost 3 years and the design has changed as I learn new things. I do most everything myself and do hire back end assistance when what I need done is way over my non-technical head – all those things ending in “P” ftp, php. etc. :) Working on new navigation now which I am very excited about.

      Thanks for following XO

  37. Diane,
    Once again, you are just brilliant. I believe you said you don’t care to sew, but you sure have all the necessary requirements to sew anything you choose. All it takes is the way to get to what you want the end result to be and you sure figure that out all the time.

    I have now decided to use just a bottom tension rod on my tiny half bath window in my bedroom… it already has frosted glass windows (but so boring and black windows instead of white just do not ‘get it’ for me). I was going to make and add cafe curtains just so I could have more open space at times, but no need with your wonderful ideas.

    Thank you again for all the help you have given to me and so many others too.

  38. This is exactly the post I needed…I have had material I found on clearance sitting in the garage…no sewing machine…but I knew there was a way I could make curtains. I see a project in my future. Thanks

  39. This is really great. I can’t screw into my walls to hang curtains either and I have had a sheet hanging for way too long. can’t wait to not sew some window treatments!

  40. What a triple play here! I love the Roman shade idea. How perfectly simple to use tension rods. Frugal, too. :-) Sue

  41. Hi Diane . Great idea. I sometimes fall in love with a fabric and just buy a yard for fun, so this is perfect! Thanks , I will pin this and refer back to it asap.

  42. This is such a great tutorial! So creative and I love that you use 1 yard of material. I have a small bathroom window that I am not happy with… I’ll be trying on e of your great techniques!
    Please stop by StoneGable and join Tutorials Tips and Tidbits going on now! This Tutorial is so helpful!

  43. Wow! That turquoise really pops! So creative, will have to share with my girls, their always looking for an easy update!

    Kristin