No Sew Tie Up Shades

I love window coverings! I've spent countless hours looking for the perfect drapes/shades in almost every room in my house. When we did the bathroom remodel, I knew I needed to do something a little different because of my arched windows. What I came up with was an easy, no sew tie up shade. (You can view the entire tutorial at
** I decided to address the most common question I've been asked over and over again. I covered the arch because I have a peeping neighbor. He's made lots of comments about work I've done in the bathroom but has never been to my house. Because our house sits on a hill, the arch part is street level and from his house you can see right in. Even though the window has frosting, the large wall of windows from the master makes the bathroom so bright that you can see into the bathroom as if there were barely any frosting. And at night... well same problem but you can actually see quite a bit more. These drapes hang exactly where I need them to be to cut out his view. At some point I may try to arch the drapes, but for now they serve my purpose. :-)
What You Will Need:
1 X 2 piece of wood or scrap wood (I used old casing)
The amount of fabric and ribbon you need depends on how big your windows are. My windows are 44 inches wide and I made the shade 40 inches long and I ended up using 3 yards of fabric and 2 3 foot spools of ribbon.
Step 1: Measure your windows
Measure the width of your windows from edge to edge. Add an additional 8 inches to the measurement (This will make the final curtain 4 inches wider than the window. This was a good width for me, but you can make it wider or narrower as needed. Just be sure to add at least 4 inches to account for seams).
Step 2: Determine the length you would like the curtains
My window is 48 inches long so I thought 40 inches without seams would work. Just keep in mind you will end up with 4 inches being used for the bottom seam and 4 to 6 inches for the top seam so add around 8 to 10 inches to the desired length to account for seams.
Step 3: Iron the fabric
Ugh… I.hate.ironing! But when it comes to making curtains or drapes, it is a necessary evil! Place the fabric wrong side up and iron the fabric. Ironing will help get the true size of the fabric (after the wrinkles are out the fabric is wider) and you don’t have to worry about the final curtain being too narrow (I learned this one the hard way).
Step 4: Cut the fabric
Cut your fabric based on your measurements.
Step 5: Create the seams
Ok… this is where the most amount of work comes in. Luckily it’s super easy and not nearly as hard as you may think.
Make sure your fabric is still laying wrong side up.
Time: 2 HoursCost: $65Difficulty: Easy
  • no sew tie up shades, crafts, reupholster, window treatments, windows
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    • Teri
      Teri Bellingham, WA
      on Dec 29, 2013

      Im looking for some way to cover my little bathroom window Im re-doing and this is it. Thanks for posting.

      • Mitzi Evans
        Mitzi Evans Reidsville, NC
        on Dec 29, 2013

        I love your choice of fabric - and the detail you put in to your instructions. I'm debating on what to do in my kitchen and this might work!