How to Make a {No Sew!} Rolled Fabric Shade

How to Make a {No Sew!} Rolled Fabric Shade

Thanks for all the nice comments on our laundry room progress! I’m glad you like it, I am so excited to be rid of the swine and feel like I have a fresh space to do laundry in! I promise to share more of the room as the details come together and I have a more “finished” room to share.

Meanwhile, I received a lot of questions on the shade so I’m happy to share a few more details! It is SO easy! It’s not only adorable but it’s NO SEW, NO STRESS and AFFORDABLE. THOSE THINGS ARE MY FAVORITE! You can have this shade up in a matter of minutes! In my laundry room, this is intended to be a stationary shade for extra pattern and softness on the window

How to Make a {No Sew!} Rolled Fabric Shade

Here’s what you need:

Curtain Rod

Any curtain rod will work, but we used this one from Target that is designed without brackets or finials. It is streamlined and especially perfect for a small space (and it will let the fabric look more like a shade, less like a curtain). You will hardly see the rod once you are done if you use this kind of rod!

Curtain Panel

We found our panel at Target, here’s my direct link to buy it online. Or pick any pattern and color you like!

This is where you’ll have to measure and then use your own discretion and judgement to adjust your fabric for your particular width and length of window.

You’ll want to measure the width of your window and how much wall space you have available. Then you can determine how many panels and what width of curtain panel you need. Pre-made curtain panels come in various widths, often 48 inches or 54 inches. We used one 54 inch panel stretched out straight and we hung the rod a couple of inches outside of the window frame. If our window was wider, we would have used two panels or done some other modification such as folding the fabric and pinning it over the rod to make it work.

Of course, you could use regular fabric and just fold it over the rod or sew your own rod pocket or tabs.

Rope or ribbon

For the rustic look, we used rope we already had, but here’s something similar.

How to Make a {No Sew!} Rolled Fabric Shade

How To Make a New Sew Rolled Fabric Shade:

Step one: Hang curtain rod a couple of inches wider than your window opening, using wall anchors for stability if necessary. We were able to hang our rod up to the ceiling, giving the illusion of a bigger window and showing more fabric without blocking too much light.

Step two: Put curtain panel on rod and let the curtain hang down, covering the window.

Step three: Cut your rope or ribbon, perhaps about two feet long. You can trim the excess if necessary later.

Step four: Roll the fabric evenly (backwards), so the pattern will remain visible. You might need some extra hands for this step and especially the next one, depending on how wide your fabric is.

Step five: While keeping your fabric rolled (using an extra set of hands or pins) tie the rope around the rod in a knot or bow at the bottom of the rolled fabric.

Step six: Adjust curtain as desired. Step back and see how it looks so far! It’s easy to roll the fabric a little tighter, higher or lower, slide the rope left or right and even adjust how the fabric hangs. If you don’t plan to unroll the shade, you could even use push pins to help the fabric hang exactly right against the wall. If your rolled fabric isn’t behaving, you could even roll your fabric around a lightweight dowel or cafe rod for added stiffness.

Step back and admire your new shade! :)

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}

When I last shared an update of my laundry room progress, it was summer! Wha?! How time flies, right? But one of the things I love about fall is the opportunity to turn my attention INSIDE to simplifying, decorating and nesting around the house. This laundry room makeover isn’t complicated or extensive at all, it’s just slow (but that’s on purpose!). For over five years I’ve wanted to freshen up and organize this room, but it just wasn’t our biggest priority so it stayed at the bottom of the “to do” list. Sadness. Considering it is a room we use every single day, it’s high time it got a little love!

Earlier this year I made a commitment to myself in my home goals that I was going to find ways to organize and beautify many areas of our home. While I barely scratched the surface of all I had in mind to do around my house this year, I have made progress in many areas and I’m happy with that.

When our lives become busier or more complicated, in seasons perhaps where our family is growing, we are moving houses, or our jobs or careers are on new paths, we have to adjust our schedule or expectations in other areas to keep a sense of balance. For me, adding in the book contracts this spring complicated my schedule (in good ways!). So in order to still feel sane while adding in so much to my schedule, there were many other things I had to adjust and simplify.

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}
I decided that since this laundry room was the last of two remaining swine colored rooms, it would feel like a real victory and treat to freshen this space up. While I wanted to do the master bathroom and closet as well, those spaces were set aside for next year since they will likely involve a little more expense and complicated steps I just didn’t have time for this year.

I love working on fixing up this laundry room. Besides the fact that it is a tiny little room (not as small as some of the closet laundry spaces I’ve had, but for my first ever laundry ROOM, it’s compact!), I love that it really didn’t need a complicated or expensive makeover. Yes, I had dreams of subway tiled walls and a fun new sink, but the practical side of me won out and I opted for simplicity! I’m so glad I did.

When I last updated you we had painted our walls and cabinets white to simplify the room’s color scheme (in a small space it’s nice to have less jarring moments as you look around the room), and more recently we said good-bye to the depressingly glaring fluorescent light and installed our new lantern (our fun green Barnlight Electric light, more details here!) and we made a sweet roll up shade to bring a fun lively pattern and a little softness to the room. Click here for more details on how we made the shade!

Other than that, we haven’t done a thing! Well, actually we cleaned our sink, which was a major accomplishment if you saw what it looked like before, I think you’ll be impressed at our cleaning skills. I’ll share more about that too in a future post.

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}

Besides freshening up the room’s decor, I also wanted to start simplifying the function of this space. While we could have added a counter over the washer and dryer, it really wasn’t necessary. The space is so tight that we really don’t fold anything in the room. We carry our laundry out of the laundry room, hang our clothes and fold the laundry elsewhere. Since we don’t have our washer and dryer on pedestals, we had ample room on top for some sort of organization so we opted for two baskets. One for delicate/special care items and one for cleaning rags. Not only do they give the room a little texture, they are functional as well.

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}

I absolutely love the simplicity of this room and how it is coming together. While this isn’t an overnight makeover, I get excited about each new step towards a more clean, tidy, streamlined, simple and beautiful space. I’ll be sharing more bits and pieces of our laundry room in December and then more of the organization in this space after the first of the year.

Simplicity in the Laundry Room {Loving Fall: Day 16}

What are you thankful for this week? I’m REALLY thankful I have my first ever pretty laundry ROOM! :-)