Monday, May 14, 2012

Fake Roman Blind

Sometimes Fake is Fine! As in Fur, Faux Fur is just fine, preferable to real fur in fact! Sometimes Fake is not okay, as in designer purses, or a medical degree.

 I'm not a huge fan of fake window treatments. I don't like it when there's a thin set of drapery panels on either side of a large window that clearly aren't able to cover the whole window and are just there decoratively.
So with my anti-faux stance I set out to get a custom roman blind made for our Master Bathroom window . . . a $200 quote later and suddenly faux didn't seem so bad! The window is completely frosted, you can't see in or out, I was buying a blind strictly for fashion not for function, So why not go faux (as long as it looked fully functional)!

 It was pretty easy to sew, just make a long piece of fabric with hemmed edges (if you found a table runner in the right width you could just use that). If your fabric is thin like my quilting fabric you can add some iron on interfacing to give it a little more structure.
Then sew big loops into the fabric making sure each loop covers the next loops stitches. Make one loop and sew it together at the top, then make another loop, and so on.
 Done. I lined the back of ours with a white top sheet we had lying around. While you can't see images behind the frosted glass, you can see color and I didn't want to see a burst of Orange from outside!
 We attached it to the window using velcro. That way I can take it off to wash it easily!

Total cost was:
1 yard of fabric $12.99
1 yard of interfacing $3.50
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$16.49 that's way better then $200!!!!!
So what do you think? . . . I'm loving the orange and grey combination. If I had gone with the custom roman blind for $200, I would have never had the courage to go orange, I would have done something safe like white, or grey. But because it was only $16.50 I was able to go funky and bold! If I get tired of it, another $16.50 can buy me a whole new color scheme in the bathroom!

32 comments:

  1. Looks great Ashli! I love the pop of color. And being able to wash it or change it out easily is a bonus!

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  2. Great job. Love the fabric!!

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  3. It looks so nice! Great fabric choice!

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  4. Looks fantastic. I know exactly what you mean-I wanted Roman shades too but didn't want to pay that price and know I'd have to live with the fabric choice forever since I spent the money on it! LOVE this idea. Mine doesn't have to be functional either, so this is an awesome idea. Really love that it can be SO easily washed or changed!

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  5. Great idea with the velcro. You can make shades for the seasons :)

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  6. This turned out so great - I absolutely love the fabric your chose. It's so beautiful.

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  7. Looks wonderful. The pop of orange is so cheery. :o)

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  8. Love this! Being a novice sewer, can you explain the loops?

    Karen M.

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  9. Love the fabric! Looks great...even though it's faux. :)

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  10. Ashli, this is just so clever! I really love it and the color and pattern, just perfect! Well done, again!!

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  11. It looks so cute! I love the pop of orange, and the fact that it's velcro-ed is sheer GENIUS!!!
    Fabulous!!
    xo-Lisa

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  12. Well! What an inspiration! That color is addictive! I think you've moved me enough to give this a try! Thank you! (:

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  13. I think it's adorable and creative and most of all the perfet price. Thanks for the idea!!

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  14. How fun is that?? As always, I love the look and the price is the icing on the cake! Enjoy this glorious sunshine Ashli!

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  15. Love it! Looks fantastic. I could sure use your sewing skills around my house. :)

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  16. They look great! Way to go bold!!!!

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  17. Seriously...I am going to do this in my ensuite! I have nothing on that window and it looks so boring and bare! Genius!!

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  18. Love this Lotta Jansdotter fabric. I have made the same fabric (but in indigo) into a bulletin board in my office, now I have the inspiration to use my leftover fabric! Thank you! Looks great!

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  19. Please come down to Seattle and teach me how to sew... and be a super-awesome housewife! ;)

    This looks great! I really like this fabric. So cheery!

    ofthepacific.com

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  20. Such a wonderful idea! Looks amazing! It's interesting how the "undesire" to pay a lot for something that is not worth it makes people creative - I'm that way too:)
    Great job!
    http://curlijuli.blogspot.com/

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  21. By the way I used couple of your household cleaning stuff recipes and I am sooo thankful! The microwave recipe - so fast and effective!
    And the use of castille soap - my family has been using it as a shower gel for almost a year already and we love it - not drying and gets job done with a couple of drops. Now its range of responsibilities is much bigger than just our shower gel:) Thank you, Ashli!
    http://curlijuli.blogspot.com/

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  22. I just found your blog and LOVE it! I'm just curious where you got your bathroom trashcan next to your toilet. I love that it has a lid on it so you can't see inside. Thanks! -Lindsey

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    1. Hi Lindsey,
      it's from Walmart! I found it during back to school sales. I think it was meant for dorm rooms!
      Hope that Helps!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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  23. Ashli! Looks great! Do you mind showing pics of the velcro placement on the window and the shade as well? Thanks so much!!

    Becks

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  24. I love the pop of orange Ashli! Is that Lotta Jansdotter fabric?! I saw it in navy at Fabricana when I was shopping for fabric last week. Love it! :) http://flutterflutter.ca/2012/05/10/mudroom-bench-fabric/

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  25. I love this! Looks like something even I might be able to do! As a non-sewer, I'd love a visual tutorial (if you time to post one, that would be great!).
    ~Roxanne

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  26. Hi Ashli,lve been looking at your blog for a while now and just love it, l dont always leave comments, but l just wanna tell you how much l love what you( and hubby) are doing to your house, it looks even more fantasic everytime l look, a big well done to you two, the orange curtain looks fab and the slug story is so funny, glad you got the little suckers, and now a want to grow peas (lol)

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  27. This is one of the more easier versions I've seen online for faux blinds - and I've seen a lot out there! I like the idea of velcro and especially of making it cheaply enough that you can change your mind as often as you'd like. That would be - forever changing my mind.

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  28. Look fantastic...The colour is addictive...like it.

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