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Window Treatments: Free Patterns & Tutorials

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.


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.



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.



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).



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.



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).



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.



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.