I have finally made window shades for my bedroom. I found the perfect fabric. I knew that if I didn’t make them soon the fabric would be sold. So, I grabbed the Robert Kaufman fabric and went to town. Putting up the brackets is the part that takes me the longest to do. It’s incredibly easy, but I have to scout around and find the ladder, the drill, the drill bits. It’s not easy for someone that isn’t mechanically inclined. When I have it all gathered, it goes up in a jiffy.
Making the shades is pretty easy as well. I always iron fusible woven interfacing onto the back. I am particular about interfacing being woven. I can’t stand the non-woven stuff. The woven just looks so much more professional.
Here you can see that I am ironing it right on to the back of the fabric.
Here is the front of my fabric with the placement of the woven fusible interfacing.
It gets ironed on and then the edges are serged on the serger. You can also zig zag the edges. Another way to do it would be to add fusible web tape along the edges between the lining and the fabric. You could then make a simple line of stitching along the edge, or a decorative stitch.
Here is one of the two. I used a beautiful metallic fabric by Robert Kaufman. I love the fabric. You can also add a curtain or drapery over the shade, but I like the woodwork on my window, so I am going to leave it as is for awhile.