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roman shades & curtain

I had been waiting and waiting and waiting to make these roman shades for my kitchen.  I used Fly Through Our Window’s tutorial for a fixed roman shade.  I had tried (and gave up) on making some for a different room with black out lining, so this time I just used white muslin on the back.  I ended up sewing the main fabric and muslin into a tube and hemming the bottom and attaching the top from there.  I also used spray starch for the first time, and I love it, it makes the fabric so much more cooperative!

I think it really brightens up the kitchen and they’re easy enough to change out when I get sick of them.  I’m thinking I might make another set for when fall/winter rolls around. 

Here’s a before shot of my kitchen just in case you’re curious.  We updated the kitchen as soon as we moved in, it was definitely the first room in the house that needed attention. 

I also made a really simple curtain for our back door.  For me it just gets spooky at night when it’s dark and anyone can see in if they wanted to.  So this is a nice solution for that.  I love the swiss dot and I bought enough so I can make some clothes with it too, it’s so soft and lightweight.

11 thoughts on “roman shades & curtain

  1. Christie says:

    Those look really cute! You did a great job!

  2. Mary says:

    You are rocking the Nicey Jane these days! I love it!

    I’m a huge fan of spray starch. I use it all the time, but especially when I’m piecing quilt tops. Can’t live without it!

    I love your kitchen! And it’s SO clean! Just make me feel better and tell me it doesn’t always look that clean 🙂

  3. Leslie says:

    these are really lovely. i love the fabric you used for the shade.

  4. tracey says:

    LOVE your curtains (and your kitchen) I’ve been afraid of roman shades but this doesn’t look so bad. Is it horrible if I still your fabric choice? That would match our new kitchen wonderfully.

  5. Amy says:

    That island is usually covered with clutter and you cleaned it for the picture right? Please say yes or I feel really awful about my kitchen! I love dotted swiss. I have it in my bedroom windows and in a non sheer version for my daughter’s windows. Are you going to show an after shot at the end of this kitchen event?

  6. Kristin says:

    So cute! Where do you get your swiss dot?

  7. Suzanne says:

    I love those so much! I’ve used that fabric on totes — just beautiful!

  8. dana says:

    very cute! I’ve never been into curtain valance (? is that the word) type of things. But the way you did it as a roman shade is tooootally cool! And of course you made it look modern and beautiful!

  9. Delia says:

    Very pretty! I adore that fabric. I am going to check out that tutorial right now! Thanks! 🙂

  10. Anna says:

    Hey Kristin! I got the swiss dot at my local hancock fabrics, but I think you can also find it at or probably joanns as well.

  11. Michelle says:

    What is the name of the fabric you used in your kitchen? My kitchen is calling for that valance in the same colors. Thanks.

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