June 24, 2014


First, thank you for your sweet response here and on Instagram about the master bathroom.  It’s so wonderful to have it finished so we can finally enjoy it and not trip over a construction zone to get to the closet.  It’s the little things:)

Today I’m starting to break down the details and how we put the whole room together, starting with the DIY Faux Relaxed Roman Shade.

faux roman shade

The window absolutely needed a roman shade.  I mean, it looks like it was made for one.  There are many types of roman shades.  I found this helpful illustration by Keelan Kreations on Pinterest.

types of roman shades

The types I typically use are the plain roman inside mount (meaning mounted inside the window frame), and the relaxed roman outside mount (meaning outside the window frame).

The bathroom just said relaxed roman to me and a faux shade was just the thing.

First, I found the fabric….. or shall I say table cloth.  I wanted something with a pop of color, and my bedroom has touches of coral.  I came across this pretty patterned table cloth at Homegoods and thought it would be perfect.  Who says you have to go to the fabric store?

pretty tablecloth

coral fabric combination

I measured the window so the drape would hang about 1 1/2 inches over the window edges when it was hung.  I then cut the fabric four extra inches width wise, then went a full yard on the length and also added four inches.  The extra inches are so there is fabric to fold over (two inches on each side) to make a clean edge all the way around.

Once the fabric was cut, I ironed the folded edges over so they were nice and clean.  It’s important to follow the pattern closely in order to get a clean and tailored look.  I glued down the edges all the way around using my beloved Fabritac.  Best fabric glue around.

diy faux roman shade

*Fabritac can bleed until dry so I lay down an old towel on my ironing board or any surface where I’m gluing to protect it.

Next came the liner.  I had some left over white fabric (actually a portion of a drape from Ikea) from the pelmet boxes.  I cut it to size, just inside the folded edges, and used glue around the outside line to hold it in place.

diy faux roman shade

I wanted the shade to have a few folds.  I manipulated the fabric so the folds were about where I wanted them, evenly spaced, then used glue to hold it in place with a few dots on either side, one in the middle under the fold, then same on the back.  They were nice even flat folds (hold on, the cinching on the sides comes later).

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diy faux roman shade

Then it was all ready to hang.

I saw my friend Jana had used simple tacks to hang her faux shades (she made hers with a glue gun– brilliant!) and thought I would give it a go.  I got the shade where I wanted it, then used tacks under the fabric to hold it in place to the top underside of the window frame.


Once the shade was hung in place, I started the faux cinching on the sides.

I folded a pleat under itself, put a glue dot, then held it in place with a clothes pin while it dried.  It took three folds on each side, and I just played with the fabric until it was laying the way I wanted it.  I let it dry for about 10 minutes with the clothes pins in place (truth be told I only had two clothes pins on hand so I used hair clips.  I’m resourceful like that).

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Blinds still fit nicely behind it for privacy.  And there you have it!  It was simple, easy, and looks so pretty.  All good things.  Now, go whip one up and give a plain window some zing!

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  1. Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola

    June 24th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Love the final outcome- you’re very talented, kudos!!

    Thanks for sharing the idea,

  2. robin

    September 10th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I saw the faux relaxed roman shade. You cut it at 36″ long. When folded up what is the center depth?
    Thanks, robin

  3. Jen

    September 14th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Robin, I’m traveling right now, but I believe it is around 12 inches or so. Thanks for reading!

  4. Angela

    September 20th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    The shade turned out great! Thanks for the tutorial!! I love the wall paint in the bathroom too! Very relaxing. 🙂 Do you mind sharing the color?

  5. Jen

    September 21st, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Thank you so much! I can’t remember the name of the color– let me see if I can track it down:)

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  7. Jenny

    February 21st, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Love it! I have four lovely curtains that I’d found at my local thrift store. I was already using three of them for privacy on the lower half of other windows, but the fourth one was too short for the other window where I wanted to use it. The faux Roman Shade idea is perfect and I now have a beautiful window treatment hanging in my bathroom. Thank you!

  8. Shelby

    March 10th, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Just discovered your blog today, and when I clicked on your bathroom reveal, I was ready to send you a message asking about your window treatment. Then I spotted this post breaking it down. THANK YOU! We are moving into a new house next month and there is a nice big window right above the tub. I didn’t want blinds or traditional curtains, and I am not a sewer. This couldn’t be more perfect. I look forward to stalking the rest of your posts.

  9. Jen

    March 10th, 2015 at 9:25 am

    You’re so sweet– thank you so much! Glad you found it helpful! xx

  10. Abby

    March 18th, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    How did you hang the drape? You mentioned there are blinds underneath… did you just velcro it or something to the outside of the top of the blinds?

    I’m planning on making these this weekend, thanks for the easy tutorial!

  11. Jen

    March 19th, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Hi Abby, thanks for reading! I hung it with thumb tacks.

  12. janice coniglio

    August 12th, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Can I make this faux roman shade for three joined windows as one shade, tieing up as three shades?
    If I explained myself correctly..

  13. Jen

    August 23rd, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Hi Janice! Thanks for reading! Sorry, not sure I totally understand. Are you saying three separate faux shades but in one big shade? If so I wouldn’t recommend that, as I think it would look a little weird.

  14. Melissa

    August 21st, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Do the thumbtacks actually hold the fabric? My concern would be that they would eventually fall….

  15. Jen

    August 23rd, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hello! We haven’t had a problem, but it’s tacked into the moulding which is pretty strong. Hope that helps!

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  17. Tori

    March 25th, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Great tutorial! I want to make one of these for my kitchen windows, they are both ceiling height at the top, so they can handle a valance like this without blocking too much light. A roller shade behind will b for more privacy. Thanks!

  18. Administrator

    April 6th, 2016 at 9:18 am

    So glad you found it helpful! xx

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  21. Lisa

    August 28th, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for sharing your instructions on how to create this beautiful shade! I’ve been wanting to switch things up in my bathroom and had material that would make a perfect relaxed shade.

  22. Administrator

    October 14th, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    So so glad you found inspiration! Thanks for reading!

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