Homemade roller shades? Yes… well… semi-homemade.
I started with my old roller shades, so yes that’s where the “semi” comes in, you have to buy a roller shade to start with unless you are really more talented with metal work than I am. Here’s what the windows looked like before. (CAUTION: BRIGHT COLORS, PUT ON YOUR SUNGLASSES)
Very red, yes I know. But all of the red in here is now gone. I have completely changed over from vibrant red to calming neutrals. (I’ve been sewing like crazy for a week.) I have much more to show you, and I can’t wait for you to see the whole room, now that it is done. Here’s how I made the custom roller shades. I already had roller shades in my room, so I took the roller down from it’s mounting (it just lifts out.) Then I removed the shade from the roller. There were two plastic clips that hold the fabric on the roller, they came off very easily also, and I set them aside, since I reused them. Next I removed the white liner from the roller shades.
I then used the fabric from the roller shade as a template and cut a piece of fabric exactly the same size as the old one. I used linen fabric for my shades. (True confessions – after I cut the fabric for the first roller shade it seemed a bit small, so I cut the next one 1 inch wider and that worked perfectly.) If you have to make your own liner, (mine already had one) it should be a bid shorter than the shade since it won’t have the rod pocket on the bottom, but the width should be the same. Next, I sewed the liner onto the new shade just the same way it had been attached to the old one, which was a seam all along the top, and two side seams down each side for about 3 inches just long enough for the length of the top rod pocket. This way when the roller was inserted the liner wouldn’t bunch up, but would stay in place. I made sure to include enough length to the shade for a rod pocket at top for the roller, and a rod pocket at the bottom, for the wood dowel.
I pressed the rod pocket seams and sewed them with a simple, straight stitch. I used fabric glue along the edges of the shade to prevent them from fraying. (You don’t want to do a hem on the sides, since it would make the sides thicker than the rest of the shade. The thicker ends would pucker and bunch up when the shade was rolled up.) After allowing the glue to dry, I put the shade back on the roller.
Next, I added the clips back on the roller to keep the shade in place.
Almost done, I added the wood dowel back in the pocket at the bottom of the shade, and hung them back up.
Here’s a photo with one new shade and one old one.
As you can see from the photos I also made a new valence for the windows. I can’t get over how much more peaceful and spacious the room looks with the cream color instead of the red. Some other changes in the room include the very large and gorgeous basket I got (with the thanks from some bloggers who mentioned it) from Hobby Lobby. Sadly they are all gone now… the baskets, not the bloggers. I also moved some lamps from the study to my bedroom. I love these lamps, but everything was just too brown in the study. Here I think they work beautifully.
I also changed out the mirror, and blogged about it, here.
Yes, this is a teaser. You can see there’s a new chair in here, the bedding is new (I made it) and the settee in the corner has been slipcovered (I did that too.) I’ll do a big reveal next week, so come back. To see the slipcover tutorial for this room, click here. To see the new bedding, click here.
Anita, as much as I can see right now…….your room is gorgeous!!
Hi Anita! Oh, you’re the smartest one! I love your shades with the pretty fabric and you made your bed linens? Gorgeous! I love the change of mirror too.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Be a sweetie,
Designs By Pinky says
All you girls who can SEW so beautifully make me jealous. YOur work is beautiful and your room looks GREAT!!! Very pretty and restful. I LOVE those lamps there. XO, Pinky
Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says
You have been very busy. I like the new neutrals you have picked. Looking forward to seeing more.
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
Anita I LOVE that last shot, your room looks so pretty!! Great job on the shades too!! Happy Mother’s Day friend!
Vickie @ Ranger 911 says
The shades are great, but slipcovers and bedding, too?! You have been busy!
Gypsy Heart says
Looks wonderful! Wanna come over and do my bedroom now? 🙂
Korrie Bastian says
Looking beautiful!! The roller shades are lovely.
OK, I love a good tease now and then. But why didn’t I get your post in my email? I didn’t get Linsey’s either.
Your bed linens look great! I hope you’re planning some tutorial-love for us!
Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes says
I can already tell that your room will be gorgeous. You’re very talented to make your own shades. Looks like you’ve been a very busy gal, so I can’t wait to see the big reveal! Have a wonderful weekend.
Love the new color change looks just beautiful and I need to try and make some shades like this thank you for the tutorial wishing you a Happy Mothers Day
Yes, I love the after, calming and relaxing just like it should be at the end of the day on the ranch. Way to repurpose those shades too! ‘Ya had your thinking cap on.
Hello, Though I don’t live in Texas now, I’m actually from Texas! I’d love to add you to my blogroll(you don’t have to return the favor), but always like to ask, first! I love your homemade things, which go right along with the innovative and creative, resourceful things I like to post.
Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says
You have really been industrious lately! I would never attempt what you did with your roller shades! Your new mirror looks awesome, and I love your neutral color scheme. Can’t wait to see more.
Madge Bloom says
Wow, you are brave and talented!
Love the neutrals they make everything look so much more peaceful and calming to the eye, great job Anita!
You are getting me motivated to changed somethings around my home. Starting with curtains. Great job, such a difference.
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Shabby soul says
Great changes darling Anita! All is so elegant and calming now, with that creamy colors, I love all.
I love also how turned your little cabinet of the last post! I have to try my home made chalk paint soon!
Katherines Corner says
Anita you rocked this!!! xo
Thanks so much for the tutorial! It doesn’t look too difficult to spruce up your pull-down shades! I love the elegant look you have created. But I have to admit I am very INTO that red! 🙂 I had to look twice to make sure that wasn’t the “after” picture! I’m just so crazy about COLOR! 🙂
Looks like a very cozy place to relax. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize~
Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes says
I know I was here before…still loving your shades and wanted to thank you for dropping by Your Cozy Home Party! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Charm Bracelet Diva says
Okay, so is there anything you can’t do?
Rooms by Ann says
This room is stunning. I can’t wait for the full reveal. Thanks for sharing. Happy to be a follower.
MONICA LIVAS says
Daune | Cottage in the Oaks says
Love these, Anita!
Jen C. says
Lovely! I hope you are really enjoying your new bedroom!