{DIY} No Sew Roman Shades

And on the third month in San Francisco, she said, let there be shade.

At last, weve solved our living rooms drapery dilemma with these DIY No Sew Roman Shades!

DIY No Sew Roman Shades

As a reminder, heres what our corner windows looked like before:

Living Room Corner Windows Before

Thanks to your helpful comments on this post, Mrs. Edwards tutorial on how to make Roman Shades from Mini Blinds and Imparting Graces tutorial on how to make Faux Roman Shades, we were able to come up with a solution that fit our oddly shaped windows, our (lack of) sewing skills and our budget.

Since our space isnt exactly short color or pattern, we decided to go with natural-colored organic cotton fabric for our shades. And since we just cant help ourselves when it comes to an embellishment, we added Ivory and Beige 2.5 Greek Key Trim from M&J Trimming. (Its all about balance, right?)

Greek Key Trim

We dont have great step-by-step photos to share with you for this oneLike most of all of our DIYs, this one involved a lot of trial and error. In fact, we referenced two different tutorials above because the technique that worked on the first shade we did (for the smaller window) did not work at all for the larger window. But where theres a will, a little patience and a Pinterest account, theres a way.

After measuring and cutting our two panels (following Mrs. Edwards technique), we used iron-on hem tape to connect each panel to our lining fabric and Fabri-Tac to attach our Greek Key Trim. Then we followed Mrs. Edwards tutorial to take apart our mini blinds and use them to rig our Roman Shade. Our smaller window turned out just as wed hoped, so we started rigging the mini blinds on our large window.

Heres where our project hit a little slump. Literally. If youre making Roman Shades for a large window and using heavy fabric, the mini blinds technique is going to give you a very droopy shade. We had a mini panic attack and then discovered Imparting Graces super easy way of rigging Roman Shades for large windows. All you need are a few tension rods. So we scooted right over to Target, picked up three tension rods and finished our large windows shade.

DIY No Sew Roman Shades

DIY No Sew Roman Shades

Were so pleased with how they turned out! Now we have privacy when we want and we dont have to look at those uglier-than-sin mini blinds any longer!


mk & Gwynnie


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I have waiting patiently to see what you created for those windows. Very nice!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you so much! Took us forever to get our act together on these, but we are so glad they are finally done! Eyesore eliminated! (Now if we could just get rid of the popcorn ceiling!!)

      mk G

  2. Perfect solution! I love the Greek key trim as well as the fabric. Great job!


    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you, Pat! We tried to keep it simple, but you know we cant resist an embellishment!

      mk Gwynnie

  3. Beautiful and very impressive, what a great update to your new home! Loving your new place.

  4. Nice fabric, nice trim, great job! They add such a polished look to your windows.

    You might consider using strips of your roman shade fabric to fashion headers for your mini blinds. That way you could use your roman shades in top-down fashion, too.

  5. Great new window dressings! (Love the tension rod trick.)

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