I had plans to make a roman shade, but the thought of sewing rings and measuring and all that kept me away. I found a book at the library, Curtain Bible by Katrin Cargill, that had pretty simple explanations of curtain styles and how to make them myself. It inspired me to create and sew my own faux roman shade.
I have shade like this in the boys room. My mom made me actual working roman shades but I took the cords out, safety and all that, and now I just tuck the fabric over the rod when I want to let in light. I call them Lazy Curtains(TM).
Basically I just measured and sewed two fabrics together inside out, left an opening, turned it and got these:
Then I folded the excess over and added buttons. (My window measured 14-1/2x46, I ended up cutting out 15x50 inch panels).
I love how the backing fabric shows through to the front! That was pure luck. Thanks, sunshine!
One of my favorite parts of the Lazy Curtains(TM) is that the buttons aren't matched. They're the same button, but there are six buttons in four different colors. I kept going back and forth on attaching them. But since I had to sew it together anyway, why not add some flair!
I think they are a little twee. But, whatever.
One more pic of my Lazy Curtains(TM) tucked over themselves.
As with all my projects, it didn't turn out as perfect as I had hoped, but from a distance, they look good.
Sorry, I had to add this photo. I cleaned off the counter and cleaned out the sink in order to take it.