Steal this Idea*: Hodge:Podge Faux Roman Shades

Its Friday (yippee!) - time for another Steal this Idea* feature - a tiny show of appreciation for a well executed tutorial. Today's feature comes from Barbara of hodge:podge.

Originally I was going to share her transformation of an ikea dresser into a posh nightstand but I was too slow for that one. So I searched around the rest of Barbara's blog for other goodies and found a faux roman blind tutorial that peaked my interest because I plan on tackling this very project.

If you are anything like me, learning to sew creates visions of whipping up your own fabulous custom window treatments at the drop of a hat. Old home owners are particularily
susceptible to this fantasy because our windows are never a standard size. I've been planning on sewing a roman blind for my box room for a while now but I can't seem to muster the courage to tackle it. But thanks to Barbara, I might actually get around to this non functioning version (which is a-ok for me since I don't plan on every closing it!)

She started off with this:

Did a little sewing and stapling...

And ended up with this:

A perfect little tailored detail for those of us who aren't ready for the big leagues. Get all the details over at hodge:podge.

And if you are in the mood for something more advanced, I've had this Jenn Duncan roman shade tutorial for the real thing saved in my links for ages. Its a great write up.

Have you sewn your own roman shades (real or faux) and lived to tell about it? Got any tips for me?

*When I say steal, I really mean borrow nicely and give proper credit!
**If you have an idea/tutorial you would like me to consider for a feature, email me. I'd love to see!


  1. Great post! I need some roman shades to finish off my bedroom. I was planning on doing a wooden one, but I love the way these white one look. Ah the decisions!

  2. What a lovely finished product. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Anonymous9:43 AM

    Now, that's talent. A pattern and straight "lines"?? Beyond my patience level (and truth be told skill level too probably).

  4. Rebekah C10:14 AM

    I live in a pre-war Coop in Queens, so I totally get what you are saying about not standard-window sizes. I actually made my own Roman shades at home last fall. All I did was buy a cheapie roman shade from Ikea for $6, deconstruct it, and then use its construction as a boilerplate/template for me to create my own custom shade. I am going to do the same thing with slipcovers for my dining room chairs. I bought a $10 slipcover from Ikea and will deconstruct it, then use cardstock to trace and cut out each piece, and then use those pieces to cut fabric the right shape and size. It will be far more laborious though, since the slipcover has like 6 pieces each, and I have 6 chairs!

  5. Thanks for the feature! You are too kind :). I am so glad you provided a link to a "real" roman blind tutorial because I am tackling just that! But I like Rebekah's tips, using an Ikea on and deconstructing it - genius!

    Have a wonderful weekend Ms. Limestone :)

  6. I've been Googling a pattern like this for weeks without luck! Thank goodness you've saved me from attempting a crazy, super-difficult pattern!

  7. I love the look of roman shades! and although I do sew a fair bit- I do not really have the patience to take a lot of time on any given project- or follow a pattern. So- I saw a similar tutorial by Darby on Fly Through Our Window- and I did try, and succeed at it (although for some reason it was tough for me to figure out how to sew the folds down without them showing)- but- it looks pretty good- and I do plan on making more!
    Here's the link to Darbys tutorial:
    and here's the link to the post where I show mine:
    good luck!

  8. So cool! Love it.

  9. I wish I had the patience to sew this up, but knowing me I'd be swearing, once again, at the sewing machine. Nice project though.

  10. This looks so easy~ no way I could do it!

  11. It's easy! And you can just put them up w/ a tension rod. I recently made some "faux" shades myself. You can see them here:

  12. Waseem2008463:46 AM

    Easy to follow....Roman shades look so good in bedroom.
       Roman shades concord, ca


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