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Center Stage: Easy Colorblock Envelope Pillow from Haberdashery Fun | #Durathon

Marni Weaver is the creator of Haberdashery Fun and a self proclaimed sewing nerd. She loves figuring out how something was sewn together and anything to do with zippers or buttons. After traveling extensively to study fashion design, intern at Zac Posen and explore Westminster, she and her family have settled in sunny California – much to the surprise of this winter-loving Canadian. Marni can be found hidden under stacks of toddler sewing patterns or on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

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I’m addicted to bright colors and I have wanted to make color-blocked pillows forever! By sewing your own pillows and home decor items, you can transform any room with on-trend colors in a very affordable way.

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This pillow was inspired by the Roksanda Ilincic dress that Cate Blanchett wore at the Australian movie premiere of Cinderella. Have you seen this dress? Hello color. Not only are the colors in this dress bold and modern, but they almost vibrate and bounce off her dress. Once I saw this dress I knew that the color combination would make it into one of my projects.

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This is a simple envelope pillow. Envelope pillows are the easiest pillow to construct and can be made in a few short hours. The front is made from strips of fabric and the back is just 2 overlapping pieces of fabric. That’s it!

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Pressing is an important feature in all sewing projects. With the help of a good iron, I believe you can press for success.  A great teacher once told me, you can’t press quality into a garment or item at the END of the line. Quality is created as you press ALONG the way.

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Supplies

  • Solid fabric, 2 colors, 1 yard each (For this project, I chose the colors lilac and lipstick from Michael Miller.)
  • Lining fabric, 1 yard
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Durathon Iron
  • Ironing board
  • 18″ pillow form

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Let’s get started

Step 1

Press the fabric. Use the iron and press all wrinkles and fold lines out.

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Step 2

Lay one color of fabric onto the work surface. Cut strips of varying widths from 2″ through to 6″.  The amount of strips cut will depend on the fabric width, but cut enough strips to sew together and have 2 panel 19″ long. Cut a strip 6″ wide and another strip that is 5″ wide. While you are cutting your fabric,  also cut a 19″ x 19″ square from  your lining fabric. For the back, cut 2 rectangles that are 16″ x 19 and 8″ x 19″. Cut the back from one of your front fabrics.

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Step 3

Lay the strips out onto the work surface and figure out the design scheme. Use the dress as inspiration or lay out the strips in a random fashion.

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Step 4

With right sides together, place 2 strips on top of each other. Pin if needed. Place into your sewing machine and sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step 5

Press with your iron. First press with the seams closed, then open the seam allowance and press again.

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Turn right side facing up and give one last press. Make sure to lift the iron and then press. Repeat and another sew 2 strips together. Continue sewing pieces together until there is a panel 19″ or longer in length. Repeat and sew the other set of strips together to make a second 19″ panel.

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Step 6

Lay the panels onto your work surface. Trim the edge so you can sew the 2 panels together. Repeat and trim the second edge.

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Step 7

Place right sides together and pin along the edge. Note – place the 2 edges together that were just trimmed. Place into your sewing machine and sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. This creates the offset center seam.

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Step 8

Decide on the overall design scheme and cut the panel down to 19″ x 19″. This becomes the front.

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Step 9

Place the back 2 rectangle pieces onto your work surface. Along the 19″ side, turn and fold the edge under 1/2″ and press with the iron. Repeat and turn and fold again. Pin.

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Place into your sewing machine and edgestitch along both sides. Repeat for the other side. These 2 pieces create the “envelope back”.

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Step 10

Sandwich the pillow pieces onto the work surface. Lay the back 2 pieces right side facing up with a 3″ overlap. Next lay the front pillow piece, right side facing down. Lastly lay the lining piece. Pin along the outside edge. Place into your sewing machines and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Step 11

Press the seams with your iron. Trim each corner.

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Step 12

Turn right side out.

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Step 13

Place the pillow form inside. Wiggle the corners into place.

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Center Stage: Easy Colorblock Envelope Pillow from Haberdashery Fun | #Durathon

That’s it. Once you’ve mastered the technique, think of all the fun you can have making pillows and decorating your home.

Center Stage: Easy Colorblock Envelope Pillow from Haberdashery Fun | #Durathon

Center Stage: Easy Colorblock Envelope Pillow from Haberdashery Fun | #Durathon



Center Stage: Creating the Perfect Coffee Nook in Your Kitchen with Driven by Decor from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeachKris Jarrett of Driven by Decor is a home design and lifestyle blogger located just outside of New York with her family. She created her blog to share her DIY adventures, home tips and functional, affordable decorating ideas. Kris can usually be found hanging out with her sweet rescue dog or drinking a hot cup of coffee while she strolls the flea market, but she’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Colorful books are my favorite decorative accessories, making their way into every single space that I design. Whether it’s a pretty cookbook displayed on a kitchen shelf, some oversized art books stacked on a living room coffee table, or a collection of favorite hardcovers on a home office bookcase, they’re an easy way to add interest and style to any room.

But what if your books don’t have the prettiest of covers? I have a super easy way to make book covers out of your favorite fabrics. The covers stay on your books well but are also removable so that you can change them out with the seasons and the design of your space. And there’s no sewing or messy glue involved!

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Supplies:

  •      Fabric (medium-weight fabrics you can’t see through work best)
  •      Tape measure
  •      Fabric scissors
  •      5/8” roll of fusible web (such as Stitch Witchery)
  •      Durathon iron

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Directions:

Measure the height of your book and the “wrap-around” width of your book from the back to the front with the book closed.

Photo 2 - measuring book

Cut a piece of fabric that’s 1 ½” taller than the height of your book and 8” wider than the wrap-around width of your book. Iron your fabric well. An iron with a lot of steam power such as Hamilton Beach’s Durathon iron works best for getting out stubborn fabric wrinkles.

Photo 3 - ironing fabric with the Hamilton Beach Durathon iron

Lay your fabric piece on an ironing board with the unfinished side of the fabric facing up. Iron a ¾” fold of fabric along the length of both the top and bottom edges of the fabric.

Photo 4 - ironing fold along edge

Once both edges are ironed, your fabric piece will look like this:

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Next, take a long piece of fusible bonding web and place it in one of the fabric folds that you just created starting 4” in from the end of the fabric piece and ending 4” in from the other end of the fabric piece:

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To activate the fusible bonding web, simply place a damp cloth over the folded edge that has the bonding web tucked inside and place your Durathon iron (set on the “wool” setting) on the cloth, holding for about 20 seconds. Repeat along the length of the edge until you have a beautiful finished fold. Then repeat the same steps to create a finished fold along the other edge.

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The final step is to create pockets on the ends of the fabric piece that will wrap around the ends of your book and keep your fabric book cover securely in place. Simply fold over your fabric 4” from the end, place a 4” piece of fusible bonding web along the edge inside of your fold, and fuse the fabric pieces together using the same ironing technique as before.

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You will need a total of four 4” pieces – one for the top of the fold and one for the bottom of the fold on each end of the fabric.

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The finished ends of your fabric book cover will now look like this:

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Now just insert the ends of your book into your beautiful new fabric cover!

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The only thing left to figure out is where in your home you’re going to display your now-beautiful books! One of my favorite spots is on the chest of drawers in our entry – I love the bright pops of color for summer!

Center Stage: No-Sew Decorative Book Covers with Driven by Decor | #Durathon

Center Stage: No-Sew Decorative Book Covers with Driven by Decor | #Durathon

I also love using a few colorful stacked books on the ottoman in our living room. They liven up this neutral space and look great with something as simple as a string of wooden beads draped on top.

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Fabric book covers also make beautiful additions to thoughtful gift baskets. For example, cover a baby book with a sweet, pastel fabric as part of a baby shower gift, or cover a newlywed’s scrapbook with white fabric, ribbon and wedding bells so a bride can collect memories with her new husband. Try covering that popular new cookbook everyone’s been raving about as part of a hostess gift, and include some new mixing spoons. These are just a few fun ideas to turn this quick project into a heartfelt present for just about anyone.

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So the next time you find your home in need of a fresh pop of color, or you’re putting together a gift for a special friend or family member, you’ll have a new, go-to idea up your sleeve!

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Center Stage: How to Make a Custom Tablecloth (Regular or No-Sew) with Dimples and Tangles | #DurathonJennifer Griffin is the author of popular home design and DIY blog Dimples & Tangles, which she named for her two children. She’s a self-taught crafter, designer, mom and wife living in Edmond, Oklahoma. She strives to create a welcoming home environment and enjoys finding hidden treasures in thrift shops. You can find Jennifer in line for milkshakes at Braum’s or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Gingham is certainly hot in the fashion world this season. I love decorating and decided I wanted to incorporate some of the pattern into my home. Our family does a good deal of entertaining, and having tired of our usual table linens, I thought a gingham tablecloth would be a perfect new addition. Now, I know red and white check tablecloths have been around forever, but a different color combination of that same pattern opens up a whole new world of chic table setting options.

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It’s easy to make your own table linens. If you can measure, iron, and sew a straight line, you can make your own tablecloth. In fact, you could make one without being able to sew. Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies:

  • Fabric of choice, yardage varies by individual table size (60″ width is best, pre-washed to avoid mistakes due to shrinkage)
  • Durathon iron
  • Ironing board
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Seam gauge or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Fusible web tape (if you want to make it no-sew)

See a detailed guide to using iron-on fusible web tape at DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial.

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For many of my DIY projects, I consider my iron to be just as important a tool as a hammer or screwdriver. Ever since I took Home Economics in 8th grade, I’ve learned the importance of pressing the fabric as you go during sewing projects.  

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Directions:

I began by laying the fabric out on the table to see how much would hang over the sides. On my table, I had about 9” hanging over on each long side, so I cut the length to allow for a 9″ drop on each far end. All tables will vary, but that made the starting measurements for my tablecloth 58″ x 94″.

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Next, I used a seam gauge to measure a ½” hem along each side, turning each edge towards the wrong side of the fabric. This is where the Durathon iron is an invaluable tool for any sewing project; as I measured, I pressed that hem into place.

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Then, turn your hem up one more time, so you have a finished edge, this time measuring 3/4″, and pressing with the iron as you go. This step makes it so much easier to put in a hem, and gives a more professional-looking finished product.  

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At this point, if you would like to finish your tablecloth without sewing, you could use some fusible web or adhesive hem tape inside the hem and press it closed with the iron, following the directions on the hem tape package. I expect to get heavy usage out of this tablecloth, and wasn’t sure how well the hem tape would hold up through multiple washings, so I decided to stitch the hem of the tablecloth with my sewing machine.

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If you’re sewing your hem, secure it with straight pins after your hem is turned up and pressed with your iron, so it is flat and ready to stitch. Then, head to your sewing machine.

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Stitch a straight seam on the wrong side of the fabric, close to the fold of the hem so it’s secure. Mine was stitched at about 5/8″ from the bottom of the hem, but this can be varied if desired. Be sure to remove the straight pins before sewing over them.  

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To finish, press your tablecloth one more time after the stitching is finished along all the edges. I like to use lots of steam, and the Durathon puts it out quickly! You’ll have a crisp, sharp edge that will make your tablecloth look fabulous!

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Table settings are kinda my “thing”, and I couldn’t resist setting a simple one to display my new tablecloth.  

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A few features I particularly enjoy on the Durathon Iron:

  • It shuts off automatically for safety if left face-down, but not too quickly. When working on sewing projects with long lengths of fabric like this, it’s annoying when the iron shuts off after just a few seconds.
  • It shuts off automatically after an allotted time period when left upright. I can’t tell you how many times I forget to unplug the iron! This gives me peace of mind that we’ll avoid a fire hazard.

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  • The weight is nice: heavy enough to press well, but not too heavy to lift and maneuver easily.
  • I already mentioned it, but the steam feature is fabulous! It’s so quick and powerful.  
  • Finally, the nonstick soleplate effortlessly glides across the fabric.

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With just a few clippings from the yard, some candles, woven placemats and my everyday white dishes, I’m ready in a flash to entertain.

Now, who is coming to dinner?

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Center Stage: No-Sew DIY Scented Sachets with 17 Apart | #DurathonTim and Mary Vidra of 17Apart.com are a creative couple living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Both do-it-yourselfers by nature, they are continually in search of simple solutions for living more sustainably — sharing their ideas, tips and tricks for DIY home decor, urban gardening and cooking. Keep up with Mary and Tim’s creative adventures on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Create these simple no-sew scented sachets with the help of little more than a reliable iron, adhesive bonding and your favorite fabric. They make for great small giftables and are a meaningful way to repurpose the flowers and fabrics from a special event into a personal (and useful!) memento.

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Tim and I recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary; we were married here in Richmond and ended up saving the florals from our big day. These quick, no-sew sachets have been such a great way to use the preserved peony petals from our wedding,  and they’ve come in handy for a variety of uses.

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The sachets also can be filled with potpourri, dried herbs or cedar shavings if using to ward off moths. We made a simple mix of dried petals and lavender buds mixed with a few drops of essential oil for our sachet filling.

Supplies

  • Fabric
  • Durathon iron
  • Ironing board
  • Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thermoweb iron-on adhesive
  • Potpourri

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Center Stage: No-Sew DIY Scented Sachets with 17 Apart | #Durathon

The Process

Step 1

Choose your fabric and match the heat setting to the material on a high-steam iron like the Durathon to smooth away any wrinkles. We chose a heavyweight cotton fabric for these sachets, though a range of options including lace, tulle or other delicate varieties will work.

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Step 2

Using cardstock paper and a pen, draw a triangle template in the desired size of your sachets. Trace the template onto the wrong side (backing) of the fabric — you will need 2 triangles per sachet.

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Step 3

Cut 3 thin strips of iron-on adhesive matching the 3 edge lengths of one fabric triangle. Still working on the fabric backing, lay the adhesive strips along each edge with the protective paper layer facing up. The adhesive bond will act to adhere the fabric edges together in place of a sewn edge.

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Step 4

Using the dry setting, quickly run the hot iron over each strip to activate the adhesive bond. This step will only take a couple seconds before the strips adhere to the fabric base.

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Step 5

Gently peel away the protective paper layering on 2 sides of the fabric edge, leaving the third in place.

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Step 6

Lay the second piece of triangle fabric over the original, right sides facing out, lining each of the edges up to match as precisely as possible.

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Center Stage: No-Sew DIY Scented Sachets with 17 Apart | #Durathon

Step 7

Run the hot iron over the layered pieces quickly to activate the bond. Allow to sit for 30 seconds before handling since the adhesive becomes stronger as the fabric cools. You’ll now have a triangle pocket to work with.

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Step 8

Holding the pocket open in one hand, fill the opening with dried potpourri, gently pressing as needed to make sure the corner is reached and leaving room to close the sachet pocket.

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Step 9

Peel away the remaining protective paper on the inside edge and seal the final side of fabric together using the iron.

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Step 10

Trim the edges of the bonded fabric for a smooth, even border.

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The end result will be a wonderfully smelling sachet ready for placing inside a bureau drawer, piece of your favorite luggage or hung from a bathroom door with the addition of little ribbon. Make multiple sachets, tying together with lace as a small giftable to bring along for a housewarming, hostess or bridal shower.

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Tip: Use the same ironing technique with different fabric shapes and fillings to create DIY bean bags, hand warmers and more.

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Center Stage: No-Sew DIY Scented Sachets with 17 Apart | #Durathon

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Center Stage: Faux Roman Shade DIY with Tiny Sidekick | #DurathonCorey Willis, the blogger behind Tiny Sidekick, is a former high school teacher who took her love for DIY projects and home design from an occasional hobby to a unique career. She is now a stay-at-home mom of two living in California, helping her many readers create a home they love on a reasonable budget. She can be found checking out her readers’ projects using the #inspiredbytinysidekick hashtag on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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When we remodeled our kitchen almost 5 years ago, we moved right into our next big project and I only recently circled back around to put the finishing touches on the space. I lived with the unfinished little projects for so long I didn’t even realize what an impact adding a pop of color and pattern above the kitchen window would make. Even the hubs noticed!

I always knew I wanted to add something above this window, so when I found this fun fabric, it was just the push I needed to get it done. I wanted something a bit more modern and up-to-date than a traditional valance. Taking a cue from the many model homes popping up in my area, I thought a faux Roman shade was a perfect option.

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Making a faux Roman shade isn’t difficult. In fact, it only involves sewing straight lines. It’s a great way to dress up a window, and, in my case, fill in a large empty space between the top of the cabinetry and the top of the window to make our kitchen feel complete.

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To make a faux Roman shade, you will create 2 panels. The back piece will act as the lining and be the part that holds your shade in place. The front piece will be the faux Roman and have the folds on it.

Materials:

  • Lining fabric
  • Fabric (A home decor fabric works best for this. I used a heavy cotton twill.)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Durathon iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Binder clips (optional)
  • Straight pins
  • 1” x 3” piece of wood. (The length will be the width of your window minus 3”.)
  • Screws
  • Electric drill
  • Thumbtacks
  • Level

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Step 1: Make your back panel

Your finished back panel will be the width of your window and as long as you want your finished faux Roman shade to be, plus 5” for attaching it to the wall.

I hung my shade well above the top of my window to create the look of a larger window and to fill in the wall space between the top of my window and the top of my cabinets. The faux Roman only covers about 4” of my actual window.

Cut the lining fabric to be the width of your window, adding 4” for the seams, by the desired length of your completed shade, adding 5” for attaching it to the wall.

Fold each side in 1” and then again 1” and use the Durathon iron to press the seam flat. Run each side edge through the sewing machine to make a finished edge.

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Step 2: Make your front panel (the faux Roman)

Your finished front panel should be the width of your window, plus 1” on each side.

Cut your fabric to be the width of your window, adding 8” for sides and seams. The length of this piece will depend on your folds. (I started with 2 yards of fabric and ended up cutting about 5” off at the end. Leave your fabric long until you figure out your folds.)

On each side edge (of the printed, good side) of your fabric, measure in 1” and make a mark, and then another 2” and make a mark.

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Flip your fabric over, good side down. Fold your fabric in 1”, according to the marks you made, and press flat with your iron. Then fold in again at the next mark, and iron flat to create the side seams of your faux Roman shade. (These 2” thick seams make for a more professional look.)

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Run your seams through the sewing machine. When you are finished, it will look like this.

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Step 3: Put your faux Roman shade together

Lay your lining flat (good side down), and then lay your front panel on top of it (good side up.) Line up the top edge of both pieces, and ensure your lining panel is centered under your front panel, since it is narrower.

Secure the top edge of both pieces together using binder clips or pins.

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Keeping in mind that you will need about 5” at the top of the panel to fold it over and attach it to the wall, start playing with your folds until you get the look you want.

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You will want each fold to start under the last fold so no seams will show in the end.

As you play with the folds, you will want to make sure your lining panel stays flat and that each fold is even, creating a straight line across your fabric.  It is easiest to get a general idea and then make one side perfect, take measurements and make marks for each fold, and then measure and mark down the other side to make them even.

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Once you have the look you want, lift each fold up and pin it in place, making sure to grab the lining piece with your pin. Then mark a straight line across your fabric (on the underside of the fold) with a pencil.  

Don’t worry about the bottom edge yet.

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Step 4: Sew

Sew along the line of each pencil mark, starting and stopping just about ¼” in from the side seams of your front panel, so they won’t be visible when you hang your shade.

Be really careful here. You need to make sure the lining piece is flat and you are only catching one layer of the front panel with the lining. (If you sew both layers of the front panel together, you’ll lose the teardrop effect that makes the Roman shade popular.) To avoid this, you may want to pull your folds so they lay flat (which is why you pinned your fabric together.)

Step 5: Create a bottom hem

Once you have your folds permanently in place, finish off the bottom by folding it over the unfinished edge of the lining. You may need to cut off the excess fabric, but leave enough to fold it under and create a clean edge (about 2”, like we did with the side seams above.) Use your Durathon iron to press your seam, keeping it in place, then run it through your sewing machine.

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Step 6: Hang your faux Roman shade

Cut a 1” x 3” piece of wood 3” shorter than the width of your window. Predrill a screw into one side of the wood, about every 10”. You don’t want the screws to go through the wood at this point, but you want them secure enough in the wood to make it easy to attach to the wall once you’re holding it in place.

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Lay out your finished faux Roman shade, lining side up, and make sure it is smooth. (See below.) Place the piece of wood along the top edge of the faux Roman (screw side down) and wrap the edge of the fabric around the wood. Use your thumbtacks to hold it in place.

It’s really important you double check to ensure the fabric is straight. If the top edge of your fabric isn’t perfectly straight with your folds, you can adjust it accordingly and repin it using the thumbtacks.

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Once the fabric is even and ready, hold the shade in place and use a level to make sure it’s straight.  

This part is a bit awkward. While holding the wood in place, get under the fabric and finish drilling the screws through the wood and into the wall. For stability, it’s best to do both ends first and the the middle screws last.

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Done!

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Tip: If your shade needs a little help staying against the wall at the edge of the window, lift up the fold and use a staple gun to hold it in place. If you used a heavy fabric, this probably won’t be an issue, but if your fabric is on the lighter side, it may need this to look more structured.

I’m definitely loving this finishing touch to my kitchen and love the fun pop of color it adds.  Plus, that big, empty space above the window is finally gone!

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