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.
DIY Two-Toned Button Shade : When you want your shade up, simply fold up and button.
How To Fake A Roman Shade : With some measuring and basic sewing skills, you can make these coverings on the cheap.
Tab-Top Panel Curtains : Easy to customize and adjust for nearly any size (both length and width).
Fabric Tie-Up Shade : Learn how to make a nice fabric shade that you can leave down or tie up as low/high as you like.
No-Sew Shade : A plain roller shade is covered with patterned fabric (secured in place with fabric glue).
Ruffled Valance : Top casing to fit over a pocket rod and 4 tiers of frilly ruffles, these can easily be made for any size.
Vinyl Blinds Make-over  (slide #6) Transform white vinyl roller shades with latex paint and a roll of painter’s tape.
No-Sew Drape Shade : Made with faux white linen, no sew seam tape and white grosgrain ribbon.
Stencilled : A plain, white fabric blind is personalized with pretty stenciled designs (use acrylic stencil paint).
Awning : Surprisingly easy to make with two tension rods, a canvas drop cloth and fabric paint.
Overall Buckle Panels : (slide #14) Fabric tubes about 10″ long are sewn, pressed flat then thread through buckles and stitched to the back of a curtain panel.
- Fully Lined Tab-Top Drapes : (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 : 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 : 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 .
- Simple Fabric Shades : Instructions for a very simple window shade that are endlessly adaptable.
- How To Make Easy Curtains : 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 : 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 : Couldn’t be easier to make, perfect for non-sewers.
- Linen With deco ring grommets : Another easy project.
- Dappled Lace Cafe Curtain : (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.