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Window Treatments: Free Patterns & Tutorials

Posted By Tipnut On November 18, 2010 @ 1:13 am In Sewing | 3 Comments

You can easily update and freshen up a room with new curtains, drapes, fabric shades and valances. Buying window treatments can get pretty expensive but you can easily make them for a custom fit and save money. Here’s a collection of free patterns and tutorials for assorted styles I’ve found around the net.

aboutgoodness.com

aboutgoodness.com

Bohemian Curtains How-To [1]: Made with middle weight cotton fabric, assorted lace bits (ribbons, collars, doilies, etc.) and basic sewing supplies.

DIY Two-Toned Button Shade [2]: When you want your shade up, simply fold up and button.

womansday.com

womansday.com

southernliving.com

southernliving.com

DIY Stenciled Shade [3]: Design your own using just a plain white vinyl blind, stencils, spray adhesive and some paint!

How To Fake A Roman Shade [4]: With some measuring and basic sewing skills, you can make these coverings on the cheap.

sunset.com

sunset.com

designspongeonline.com

designspongeonline.com

DIY Roller Blinds [5]: Remove the vinyl from heavy-duty roller blinds and replace with pretty medium-weight fabric to make these decorative blinds.

Tab-Top Panel Curtains [6]: Easy to customize and adjust for nearly any size (both length and width).

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com

ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com

Stenciled Drapes [7]: Here’s a neat way to get that exact pattern design you’re looking for! Uses textile medium and acrylic paint.

Fabric Tie-Up Shade [8]: Learn how to make a nice fabric shade that you can leave down or tie up as low/high as you like.

cozycottagecute.com

cozycottagecute.com

womansday.com

womansday.com

Cafe Curtains [9]: These can be sewn with lightweight quilting fabric, vintage dishtowels or even fabric napkins. Attach cafe hooks or clip-on rings for hanging on curtain rod.

No-Sew Shade [10]: A plain roller shade is covered with patterned fabric (secured in place with fabric glue).

awelldressedhome.com

awelldressedhome.com

bejane.com

bejane.com

How To Build A Cornice [11]: Learn how to make an upholstered, box-like frame (deep enough to hang a curtain rod underneath).

Ruffled Valance [12]: Top casing to fit over a pocket rod and 4 tiers of frilly ruffles, these can easily be made for any size.

meandmadeline.blogspot.com

meandmadeline.blogspot.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Wallpaper Shades [13]: A favorite wallpaper remnant is mounted on a roller shade using adhesive and a brush, spray with a matte finish to protect delicate papers.

Vinyl Blinds Make-over [14] (slide #6) Transform white vinyl roller shades with latex paint and a roll of painter’s tape.

bhg.com

bhg.com

crochet-world.com

crochet-world.com

Daisy Valance [15]: Finished size measures 14″ x 45″ and worked in Size 10 crochet cotton.

No-Sew Drape Shade [16]: Made with faux white linen, no sew seam tape and white grosgrain ribbon.

swoonstylehome.com

swoonstylehome.com

wendigratz.blogspot.ca

wendigratz.blogspot.ca

Super Easy [17]: Panels are sewn in rectangles (with no casing) that hang by rings with clips.

Stencilled [18]: A plain, white fabric blind is personalized with pretty stenciled designs (use acrylic stencil paint).

uktv.co.uk

uktv.co.uk

inmyownstyle.com

inmyownstyle.com

3 No-Sew Versions [19]: Examples show how to make a double clipped shade, roman shade and single clipped shade using 1 yard of fabric.

Awning [20]: Surprisingly easy to make with two tension rods, a canvas drop cloth and fabric paint.

musingsfromafrenchcottage.blogspot.ca

musingsfromafrenchcottage.blogspot.ca

housetohome.co.uk

housetohome.co.uk

Roll-up Blind [21]: Two coordinating pieces of material, a couple wooden battens, screw eyes, hooks, cord and cleat.

Overall Buckle Panels [22]: (slide #14) Fabric tubes about 10″ long are sewn, pressed flat then thread through buckles and stitched to the back of a curtain panel.

bhg.com

bhg.com

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7layerstudio.typepad.com [23]

7layerstudio.typepad.com

  • Fully Lined Tab-Top Drapes [23]: (As seen in picture) These instructions are for a fully lined, tab-top style, although you could certainly make them without the lining (only recommended if you want a sheer look, or if the fabric you’re using is extremely dense and won’t let light show through). Sewing your own drapes takes a surprising amount of time (not something to be whipped up in an hour), but it can be significantly cheaper than ordering them, or even less expensive than buying ready-made drapes if the fabric you use is not too expensive. Also see this page [24]: These curtains are easy to sew and a nice clean simple look. They are lined to block a bit more light and keep them looking nice from the outside too.
  • How To Make A Roman Shade [25]: You’re basically wrapping your shades like a gift and hot-gluing the edges, and…Voila! Your very own custom Roman shades! Here’s another tute for making Roman blinds: Roman Blind Tutorial In 20 Pictures Or Less [26].
  • Simple Fabric Shades [27]: Instructions for a very simple window shade that are endlessly adaptable.
  • How To Make Easy Curtains [28]: Panel curtains are the easiest style of drapes you can possible make, other than taping a stylish sheet to the window trim.
  • Curtains with Shirred Headers [29]: Shirring tape provides an elegant topping for sheer or lightweight fabrics. While the effect may look intimidating to make, it is actually a snap to sew curtains with ease, thanks to shirring tape.
  • Tea Towel Curtains [30]: Couldn’t be easier to make, perfect for non-sewers.
  • Linen With deco ring grommets [31]: Another easy project.
  • Dappled Lace Cafe Curtain [32]: (knitting) This lacy curtain allows you to enjoy the beauty of daylight and still maintain your privacy. A slightly loosened gauge gives the lace an airy quality, while the smooth cotton blend yarn knits into a crisp and attractive fabric.

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[1] Bohemian Curtains How-To: http://aboutgoodness.com/unique-bohemian-curtain-from-repurposed-vintage-lace/

[2] DIY Two-Toned Button Shade: http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/diy-two-toned-button-window-shade-65347

[3] DIY Stenciled Shade: http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/solutions/window-designs-stenciled-shade-00400000064983/

[4] How To Fake A Roman Shade: http://www.sunset.com/home/weekend-projects/fake-roman-shades-00400000054624/

[5] DIY Roller Blinds: http://www.designsponge.com/2010/06/sewing-101-roller-blinds.html

[6] Tab-Top Panel Curtains: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/curtains-panels/nature-brights-kitchen-tab-top-panel-curtains-button-accents

[7] Stenciled Drapes: http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2011/03/stenciled-drapes.html

[8] Fabric Tie-Up Shade: http://www.cozycottagecute.com/2010/09/tutorial-fabric-tie-up-shade.html

[9] Cafe Curtains: http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/diy-home-decor-cafe-curtains-107373

[10] No-Sew Shade: http://awelldressedhome.com/quick-and-easy-diy-window-shade/

[11] How To Build A Cornice: http://www.bejane.com/How-to-build-window-cornice

[12] Ruffled Valance: http://meandmadeline.blogspot.com/2011/02/tiered-ruffled-valances-tutorial.html

[13] Wallpaper Shades: http://www.marthastewart.com/272820/wallpaper-window-shade

[14] Vinyl Blinds Make-over: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/porch/sun-room/affordable-sunporch-makeover/#page=6

[15] Daisy Valance: http://www.crochet-world.com/newsletters.php?mode=issue&issue_id=451&department_id=7

[16] No-Sew Drape Shade: http://www.swoonstylehome.com/2011/03/diy-tutorial-make-your-own-no-sew-drape.html

[17] Super Easy: http://wendigratz.blogspot.ca/2012/07/how-to-make-easy-curtains.html

[18] Stencilled: http://uktv.co.uk/home/stepbystep/aid/2158

[19] 3 No-Sew Versions: http://inmyownstyle.com/2012/08/one-yard-window-treatment3-ways.html

[20] Awning: http://musingsfromafrenchcottage.blogspot.ca/2011/08/window-awning-tutorial.html

[21] Roll-up Blind: http://www.housetohome.co.uk/articles/advice/diy/Make_a_roll-up_blind_381540.html

[22] Overall Buckle Panels: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/window-treatments/window-projects/diy-kitchen-window-treatments/#page=14

[23] Image: http://7layerstudio.typepad.com/7_layer_studio/2009/05/tutorial-for-fully-lined-tabtop-drapes.html

[24] this page: http://latebloomercrafts.blogspot.com/2009/05/lined-tab-top-curtain-tutorial.html

[25] How To Make A Roman Shade: http://www.amerrymishapblog.com/2008/03/diyhow-to-make-roman-shademy-way.html

[26] Roman Blind Tutorial In 20 Pictures Or Less: http://jenduncan.typepad.com/whats_new/2008/11/roman-blind-tutorial-in-20-pictures-or-less.html

[27] Simple Fabric Shades: http://twostraightlines.typepad.com/two_straight_lines/2006/10/tutorial_simple.html

[28] How To Make Easy Curtains: http://www.toolgirl.com/toolgirl/2005/04/planet_of_the_d.html

[29] Curtains with Shirred Headers: http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/static/curtains/sew-curtains.htm

[30] Tea Towel Curtains: http://westcoastcrafty.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/tea-towel-curtains-now-even-easier/

[31] Linen With deco ring grommets: http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=LINENCURTAIN

[32] Dappled Lace Cafe Curtain: http://www.knitpicks.com/Dappled+Lace+Caf%c3%a9+Curtain+Pattern_PD50576220.html

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