DIY Faux Roman Shade

Hey there friends! Are you surviving May and all that comes with the school year ending?? Today is our kiddos last. day. of. school!! Surprised that I’m excited?? Allow me to explain – I get to sleep in. Yep, one of the benefits of having teenagers is that they appreciate sleep as much as I do! WooHOO! I’m still gonna try to get some projects done through the summer. They may be a little more spread out, but I’d like to be a little productive! πŸ˜†Β  Today, I’m sharing a project I have been wanting to do for a looonnnnggg time. Not sure why I put it off. But, it’s done now!
DIY Faux Roman Shade
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Tween Boy Bedroom Reveal

I know it seems like it has taken me a long time to finish the kids’ rooms!!  In reality the majority of the work has been done for a while, just tough to catch the room clean enough for good photos!! πŸ™‚

This room belongs to my youngest who is a lover of animals, nature, and music.  I helped with the general direction of the room, but he chose the color scheme.  It was difficult to do brown and green (with a little navy here and there) and not end of with camouflage, but I think we did ok.

The wall color is actually Spanish Moss from Martha Stewart mixed in Glidden paint and it really is more of a light mossy green rather than the strange lime color showing in some of the pics!

His favorite animal is the giraffe, so of course I had to incorporate giraffe print somewhere.  The brown curtains were ones I had on hand, but they were too short.  So, I added a band of giraffe print to the top.  A simple nod to his fav.

He’s a bit opinionated on how things are gonna be in here.  So, despite the fact that my plan was one large gallery wall, we ended up with two smaller ones. And, ya know, I like it that way. I’ll share more details on this soon.

He wanted something unique for his bed and when I suggested tie-dye he was all over it! This really expresses his personality!  We had a lot of fun creating this duvet cover together.  πŸ™‚

And, don’t forget the super easy DIY trundle bed hubby and I created!  It worked great when my oldest was home for Christmas break and I’m sure it will get a lot more use this summer!

The bookcase is actually a cheapy laminate one that we have had for years.  With a little elbow grease, paint, and wood-look contact paper it is a new creation!  I adore that he still loves his stuffed animals and toys…:)

His desk is organized to his liking, and covered with all of his treasures.  πŸ™‚

It is just right for him to go and hang out amongst his things, do some homework, or work on his music.  He loves it which means so do I!

To see the other kiddo’s completed room click on the links below πŸ™‚

Bright and Fun Teen Girls Bedroom

All-American Teen Boy Bedroom

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Detailed Drapes DIY

Oh my!!  You guys!!  Thanks so much for all the sweet comments about my drapes!!  Yes, they were DIY, and yes they are made from a drop cloth.  They took a little bit of time, but really were not that difficult.  I made the drapes the same way as I made the drapes for our dining area.  The only change would be the width of the drapes.  Using a 6×9 drop cloth, I simply folded the drop cloth in half making 2 pieces that were 3×9.  

After the drapes were constructed, I grabbed more of the grosgrain ribbon that I used on the bed skirt.  (You could easily do this same treatment with purchased drapes.)  My inspiration came from the drapes in this Sarah Richardson room.

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I loved her design, but I thought maybe it might be a little too labor intensive.  So, I made a couple of mock-ups.  


Even though I knew that the zig-zag would take less time and possibly less ribbon, I just could not let go of my inspiration.  
So, I dove in.  Mine does not look exactly like hers, but it is pretty close ;).  Basically, when I did the mock-up, I just started placing, folding, and pinning the ribbon in a way that looked pleasing to my eye.  Then I pulled out my little ruler and used it as a guide to keep things as symmetrical as possible.
  


I measured the distance from the top of the design to the edge of the curtain, and kept that consistent.  


Then I measure the distance between the points at the top and bottom “u’s”.  


By keeping these three spots measured and uniform, everything else will be uniform.  I feel like I’m pretty good at eye-balling a straight line, so I did not worry about using a level on the straight parts.  Also, I’m not that concerned about it being perfect!!  

After I got it all pinned down I pondered how I was going to hold to design in place.  Originally I planned on using the iron-on hem tape I used before to apply the ribbon.  But, as I was folding the ribbon for the design, I realized that would not work since both sides of the ribbon were exposed.  I toyed with sewing it down, for about two seconds, and then I decided glue would be the best bet.  Yes, I said glue!!


I shopped my local fabric store for just the right option.  I had considered hot glue, but I knew I would probably want to throw these in the wash at some point.  So, I went with this, and I am very happy with the outcome.  (not sponsored – just sharing :))  It dried clear, was not crunchy, held well, and of course I can wash it!!  The other bonus of this over a couple of other products I looked at was drying time.  Some needed to be left alone for several hours, this one was dry enough for me to move the piece around after about 30 minutes, which made the project go a little quicker.  All-in-all the ribbon detail took an afternoon including drying time.  Well worth the look in the end if you ask me!!


Thanks again for your encouraging words throughout my master bedroom redo!!  Lots of little things to finish up in the next couple of days and cleaning everything up (if you could only see the sides of the room not in the pictures!!). I can’t wait to show you the finished product on Thursday!!

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Master Bedroom – One Room Challenge Link Up Week 5

Week 5 is here friends and we are on the home stretch!!  I made some decent progress this week and the finishing details are all in my head.  Still a bit of work to do – but here’s hoping I get it all done in the midst of more and more high school senior festivities!!

This week I tackled this corner of the room.


The drapes were made from my trusty fabric source for this room – yes, another drop cloth.  


With some ribbon added for detail.

On the wall above our dresser I decided to go with a wall of G’s.  I had seen this before and thought it would be fun in here.  I think it will be fun to add to the collection over time!


Yes, we still have a tiny tube TV in here.  And yes, those are nutcrackers in May.  My hubby proposed to me on a cold December evening after seeing the Nutcracker ballet – these are a special reminder of that night.  πŸ™‚

So, there ya have it.  Full reveal next week!! Thanks again for following along and be sure to check out all the other super-talented bloggers that are participating both in the regular challenge and in the link-up!!

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Hidden Tab Top Curtains How-To

I just realized that when I showed you my dining area reveal, I mentioned that I would come back with a tutorial on the drapes.  Oops!!  I got excited with my One Room Challenge and totally forgot!!  So, I’m back :).


This post is loaded with pics – I don’t know about you, but I learn much better with pictures!

I started by laying out my fabric and measuring for two panels.


I used the width of the fabric for the width of each panel for two reasons – I like full drapes, and the window is large.  Once I measured and cut the length for one panel, I simply laid that piece on top and used it for a guide to cut the second panel.  

The next step was to hem the sides.  I did a simple roll hem, a little larger than I normally make them to accommodate for the salvage edge (the frayed-looking part).


1. Measure, fold over, and press an inch. 
2 & 3. Fold the edge into the fold.
4 & 5. Then fold over again on the pressed edge.
6. After you get the fold started, it’s easy to just roll the fold and tuck in the edge.
7. Stitch down the middle of the fold.

The next step is to create the top hem.  This starts with folding down the raw edge about 1/4″ and sewing it in place.

Then you will want to determine how big you want your top hem to be.  It will need to be large enough to accommodate your tabs.  I made mine 3″. Measure, fold over and press.
Then you need to determine how many, and how far apart you want your tabs to be.  I did this by folding the panel in half, and then half again several times until I reached what I thought looked like an appropriate number of tabs.  Use pins to mark your folds.


I decided to use grosgrain ribbon for my tabs, you could use fabric, but that would take a little bit more work, and the ribbon worked great!! Determine how long each tab needs to be – making sure to leave room for the rod, and room to fold over the edges on the end.  Each one of my tabs were about 4″. Then pin your tabs in place, using the pins that you used to mark your folds from before.


The secret here is that you will need to unfold your hem first. Then pin the tabs in place, just slightly below the pressed fold on the panel. Next stitch down the top of the ribbon tab, just along the top fold of the ribbon.


After you have stitched down the top of all the tabs, you are then ready to stitch down the top hem as well as secure the bottom of your tabs. Which, you can do all at once.  Fold down your hem, pin your tabs in place along the 1/4″ hem line, and then stitch everything together along that same hem line.


When you are finished you will have something that looks like this.


I wanted to add a little personality to my curtains, so I stitched on some pom-pom trim down the insides of each panel.

The last step before hanging the drapes is the bottom hem.  To do that you simply follow the same directions as for the top hem – minus the tabs of course. 


These tab-top drapes were the easiest to make and the easiest to hang!!  And, no I did not line these.  I’m not much for lining drapes, unless you are really trying to block light.  I’m not too picky as to what they look like from the outside.

I hope this tutorial is easy to follow!!  Sewing tutorials are tough :).  Please email me with any questions you might have, or feel free to ask in the comments!!  

Things are coming together in my Master Bedroom!!  Can’t wait to share more with you this Thursday!!

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