When I bought the roman shades for our master bedroom, I almost ordered one for our bath, too. I’m very glad that I decided to go with something lighter. I ended up making a sheer panel for the bottom half and a matching valance at the top. This gives privacy while still letting in light and our view.
Since I do a lot of my projects after the kids are in bed, I got to see the nighttime view first, and I am so excited that I wanted to post it right away, so here is how our master bath window looks with the new window panels:
Daytime view is pretty foggy outside, but I’ll keep trying!
You will need:
- plain shade or panel: you could use a ready-made shade or sew a simple panel.
- ribbon: I used bias tape/ ribbon, because I had it around the house. Grosgrain ribbon would look beautiful, too.
- Heat’n Bond Liteiron-on adhesive. You can buy it in strips, but I cut my own strips from a sheet I already had
Lay out your pattern:
- Here’s the pattern I used. My bias tape was 1/2″ wide. There are lots of variations, some of which I’ll show below, so go ahead and get creative!
- Once you know what pattern you want to use, measure out a length of ribbon, including a little extra just in case.
- Apply the Heat’n Bond Liteto the back of the ribbon according to the instructions on the package.
- Peel off the backing in short sections and iron onto your fabric, following your pattern.
- Mitre the corners by laying the ribbon up to your corner, then folding it back on an angle.
- I cut tiny triangles of Heat ‘n Bond and slipped them under the mitered edges to help the corners lie flat. You can see in the second picture the difference between adding the extra triangle (left) and not (right)
Here are some other great examples of ribbon borders on window panels and shades. There are so many possible patterns and techniques.
Go to The Shabby Nest
Go to What the Vita
Some other ideas would be to
- add a ribbon border along the bottom or
- add two rows of ribbon around the border, in different colors or widths.
Let me know what you come up with for your windows!
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