How to Make a Roman Shade Out of Curtain Panels

by Mary

At a church garage sale recently, I found some lovely curtain panels for a short window. They came complete with the tiebacks, so I instantly knew what I wanted the collection to become! My guest room decor contains similar accent colors found in the curtain panels, as can be seen in these plates below, and I have a large window in there that needed some dressing!


I brought the panels home and decided to stitch both of them together to make one long panel.


That seam in the middle would be hidden in my design, so I wasn’t worried about that. I used a sewing machine to stitch a straight line across where both panels met (I pinned them together first, of course), but you could easily fuse the two panels together at the seams with Stitch Witchery (uses the heat of your iron to do the fusing) for a no-sew project!

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Once sewn together, I inserted the curtain rod through the opening at the top of the new longer panel and celebrated that the two shorter panels, when sewn together, fit perfectly the length of my window! Obviously, you can skip all the sewing if you have a panel long enough and wide enough to accommodate your window when not tied up.

I then tied a ribbon into a bow around the base of a pin that you usually find on the back of a brooch. I pinned the secured bow to the front end of a tieback. It’s merely for decoration, as you will see later. I did the same with a ribbon tied around a second pin’s base and pinned it to the end of the second tieback.


I found a baggie of these pins at the garage sale as well!

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I then stitched the base of the same kind of pin onto the back of the tie back, behind where the bow is pinned. This pin will actually be used to fasten the two ends of that tieback together once it has been wound around the folded-up long curtain panel.


The yellow circle below shows how the two ends of that tieback were pinned together around the curtain closer to the right side of the window. I did the same process with the back of the second tieback for the left side of the window.


So, the shade is held up by the two tiebacks, their ends pinned together, with one tieback looped along the left side of the window and one tieback looped along the right side. They are pinned right underneath the folds of the curtain panel to create those loops.


Then, I had to fluff the material housed between the two tiebacks.


Finally, I fluffed the material at the rod where the tieback was flattening part of the curtain.


No one would know that this was a makeshift Roman shade. It really is just a sewn-together curtain panel folded up like a fan and held together by pinned tiebacks! Voila!

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I obviously don’t use this room enough to worry about dismantling the pins, but it’s very easy to do if guests come and need privacy. Cute, huh? Give it a try!

Mary Toepfer