Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

AWDH Kitchen Window 2

After posting, “Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete,” I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it!

A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs emilyaclark.blogspot.com. Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas…but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

During the process of our kitchen remodel we decided to remove the previous shutter over the kitchen sink as it was hindering the amount of natural light we acquired. I still wanted some sort of a window covering for privacy, but I preferred something less obstructive and with a little more character. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out Emily’s “Easy (and inexpensive) DIY Fabric Roller Shade.”

So I purchased a roller shade from Home Depot for about $9 along with a yard of patterned fabric for about $12 and put myself to work! First, I cleared off a work space on my kitchen floor, unrolled the shade and placed the fabric underneath it. I then proceeded to trim the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2″ wider than the shade.

DIY Fabric Shade in the making

I then folded the trimmed edges over the back of the shade and used fabric glue to secure them to the shade (use the glue to secure the edges only).

DIY Fabric Shade in the making

I allowed the glue to dry, rolled up the shade and installed it with exterior mounting brackets so that the shade would sit about an inch off of the wall…..

And here is the end result!!!

DIY Fabric Roller Shade

A great big thank you, once again, to the talented Emily Clark for inspiring me to take on this project! It was fun and easy, and I am thrilled with the end result!


  • Julie Sheehan

    That is perfect for your kitchen! Love the geometric fabric you chose.

    October 06, 2010
  • The tutorial I’ve been waiting for:) The fabric you chose is so awesome! Where’d you find it? It’s a little hard to tell on my computer- is it grey/tan?? We have blinds in our kitchen but I’d love to add a shade like this.

    October 06, 2010
    • Thanks Megan! I found the fabric at Fabric Factory here in Dallas for only $12/yd! It’s kind of a greyish-taupe. You might also try http://www.premierprintsfabric.com/
      They have great designs for rediculously low prices…

      October 07, 2010
  • Abby

    It just dawned on me that I still have hideous blinds in my kitchen window. I’m totally going to make a stylish shade for the window this weekend!! I’m thinking I’ll do the same for Brody’s nursery too!!

    October 12, 2010
    • Abby, that is a great idea! It was so easy to make!

      October 12, 2010
  • OMG I am totally going to do this! I love it. I have the perfect spot for it.

    May 30, 2011
  • Melissa

    I love these. Do they still roll up and down properly? I’ve been trying to get up the courage to make something for the house I just moved into-it has way more windows than our previous places and I don’t want to spend a fortune on window treaments!

    May 30, 2011
    • Hey Melissa,

      Yes, they do roll up and down…


      May 30, 2011
      • So glad Melissa asked the question about working properly. I think this will be fun to do in my children’s playroom. I didn’t want anything to hang down and get in their way. I’m saving that for the curtains to hang over the closet that I removed the doors from 😉

        May 31, 2011
  • WOW- this turned out fabulous! I love the idea and will blame you when I’m out looking for fabric this weekend for ALL my rooms!!

    June 17, 2011
  • I have been wanting a solution to the current window in our kitchen, and I think this just might be it. Thanks for sharing! Do you think this would word with a wider window since you only glue the backside edges?

    June 26, 2011
  • Jade

    Perfect! My older sister kept complaining about the hideous curtian in her kitchen and how she doesn’t want to sew new ones or buy them. Then I stumbled upon this! Brilliant. Thanks so much! (:

    May 13, 2012
  • Teri C

    I’d love to do the shade on my 6ft sliding doors. I’m thinking that a spray adhesive, along with gluing the sides might hold up well.

    I do love this idea and hope so much it’ll work for my door shade. It really needs an up-date!

    June 01, 2012
  • I love this. Can you please tell me more about the brackets you used. Do these outside mounts usually come with the roller shade? So excited for this project. Thank you!

    July 16, 2012
  • Linda

    Great job, Emily

    Do you have to bring the shade over the rod or does it matter? Over or under? I know normally
    they are under.

    July 19, 2012
    • Thanks! I brought the shade over the rod…

      July 20, 2012
  • Hey Emily,
    Really loved the roller shade idea. I have already made the DIY no sew roman blinds for 6 windows in my kitchen. BUT, they were only 29″ wide. I tried the same process on a 45″ wide window in hubbys office! It was a disaster! Men DONOT know how to maneuver these type blinds!! AND, it was so much heavier! So, back to the drawing board. My daughter saw your post and suggested I try roller blinds, more simple to operate. As I am adding an eagle pattern fabric( BOY SCOUT FOREVER…eagle scout…get it)…LOL…I read a question one of your readers ask about adding adhesive all over blind to stick fabric, since it is so much heavier. I didn’t see a reply… So WHAT DO YOU THINK? Adhesive to cover entire shade with fabric since such a large area? Just don’t want to mess up AGAIN! Fabric is very costly! So, what do you think?

    July 25, 2012
    • I only used the adhesive on the edges…that’s what I would recommend as it worked well for me…

      July 25, 2012
  • Do you put the frabric right side up when placing it under the shade? It looks like yours is right side up, just making sure. Thanks, can’t wait to try this project.

    August 07, 2012
  • Gloria

    Love this shade! Thanks for the tut and explaining that you pull the shade ‘over’ the rod…..that really improves the look too.

    August 09, 2012
  • Carol

    I have found what I’ve been looking for. An idea for window coverings for my kitchen and bathrooms. Since I’m a quilter I have ALOT of fabric (she with the most fabric wins and is the happiest!!! LOL). I can’t wait to make my window coverings. Thank you for the Pin :)

    December 17, 2012
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  • Helen

    Emily, My window is fairly wide. Does this work for all windows (even those wider than 44 inches)?

    June 04, 2013
    • I actually haven’t tried it on anything wider than 35″…

      June 04, 2013
  • Susan

    Hi, this looks so easy, but I don’t understand what you do with your fabric at the top of the shade where it rolls onto the roller. Also, what did you do at the bottom?

    July 31, 2013
  • That was awesome! I like your DIY Window Shade idea. It was very simple and easy but yet very wonderful when you put it and finish it already. Without a doubt I plan to simulate this one to our kitchen too. Good job! CentrinoPowerDesign.com

    September 13, 2013
  • kristina

    Do they roll up and down easily? Do they get stuck? Did the material affect it working at all or did it look clumpy in person?

    September 21, 2013
  • pam

    Do you glue the fabric to the front of the shade or only glue the back edges? Also, what do you do at the top with the roller?

    September 26, 2013
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    December 12, 2013
  • I have no idea why mine isn’t working properly. The fabric isn’t heavy at all and the shades were installed correctly. They are not rolling up at all. In fact, they are pulling down to the ground. Maybe my shade is too low of a quality?!

    January 03, 2014
  • Can I install this type of blinds in my room? please tell me which kinds of blinds I can use in my house.

    January 08, 2014
  • bootydogh

    Hi there,

    Was wondering how you finished your edge at the bottom where the hem stick is? Did you just leave 2 inches for that as well? Thank you.

    February 11, 2014
  • Your DIY project is awesome, Emily! I’ll try making this one too not only for my kitchen, but for all other windows in our humble home. Thank you for sharing.

    March 12, 2014
  • k

    Would a patterned burlap be too heavy

    March 17, 2014
  • Betty Lamm

    Love this window treatment. I am going to try this I have a roman shade over my sink that has been there for a long time after the kitchen is painted I want to change the window treatment. By the way what color is you cabinets in this photo that is the color I have been searching for for my kitchen cabinets. The color seems warm and coy . I love cozy!!

    March 17, 2014
  • This is a great window shade design I have ever seen. You really did a commendable job, thumbs for you.

    March 20, 2014
  • I like your DIY window shade idea. It will be a great fun and experience to have it in my room and kitchen. The fabric used by you also looks very superior.

    March 20, 2014
  • I am thinking to use this DIY window shade. Do you have more designs like this one? I am waiting for your response.

    March 26, 2014
  • Barb Kutzke

    Goodbye ugly shades!

    March 28, 2014
  • Marie

    Can this shade be pulled up and down?

    April 09, 2014
  • Isabel

    I know this post is from ages ago, but I have a quick question… once you put the fabric on the roller, does it still go up and down well? Also, now that you’re 3-4 years in, how has it held up? THANK YOU

    April 17, 2014
    • This shade will function, however, I only rolled mine up and down occasionally. I receommend this as a quick and inexpensive cover for a window where you can just leave the shade up or down most of the time.

      We have since moved from the house where I installed these, however because we sold the house to my brotehr, I do know that he still has them up and they still look great even after 4 years!

      If you want something that can function on a regular basis, I highly recommend investing money in something more functional like a roman shade.

      April 17, 2014
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    June 01, 2014
  • Rebecca

    It looks as though you did not take the fabric all the way to the top of the shade. My question is did you use the adhesive at the top of the shade on the front so it is securely attached? What a great idea! I would really like an answer soon as I am decorating a house I just purchased and am on a strict budget. I have expensive tastes though and this looks so great! Thanks!!!

    August 21, 2014
    • Yes, I did use the adhesive at the top as well. Good luck!

      August 23, 2014
  • Pam

    I can’t wait to try this! Just wondering was your fabric just a cotton or did you go with the heavier like a cotton duck fabric? Thanks so much, hope to get the answer soon so I can find my fabric. Like you I want a geometric print.

    September 18, 2014
    • I did a cotton…the lighter the fabric the better

      September 18, 2014
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  • Nancy Lavallee

    FANTASTIC Idea. I’ve been undecided on what I want for my kitchen windows (3 = 1 bay and 2 smaller side windows) This is what I am going to do. It’s inexpensive but looks very expensive. I can do this. No Sew !

    Thank you Thank you Thank you

    September 16, 2015

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