Window MISTREATMENTS! Wa HOO!!!!!
I have been wanting so badly to be able to use those words on my blog! Am I a total dork, or what?!?! For those of you who don't know what a window mistreatment is...then you MUST visit the Nesting Place or Thrifty Decor Chick! Their mistreatments are my inspiration to redo every stinkin' window in my house!!!!! I really wanted to do roman shades in my Girly Bedroom, but really didn't want to have to do a lot of sewing or thinking! I bought some extra material that matched the headboards and some black out material to line them with. Sewed a big rectangle (using the dimensions of my window). I sewed a pocket at the bottom because I had seen a DIY roman shade in a magazine at JoAnn's and I liked the straight edge that was created by inserting a 1/2" pvc pipe across the bottom edge of the shade. So, I sewed the pocket and stuffed a pvc pipe in there! Now I have a great straight edge at the bottom, even when the shades are up in roman fashion!
To make our lives a little easier my husband cut a piece of 2x4 the lenghth of the window and we simply stapled the top edge of the fabric around the wood and then screwed the wood into place. I love the way they turned out so far.
My original idea was to just roll them up when I wanted them up, so I attached brown roping to keep them rolled up. Here's my inspiration: Roll up shades with Ties
After living with the shades like this for a while I decided I just wasn't happy with them! Originally they were staying down almost all the time because the little chica was still taking naps and I needed the room to stay dark. But, now that she has quit napping (booo) I can have them up more often!
Enter Sarah, that Thrifty Decor Chick, with all her splendiferous ideas!!!! If she could do a mocked up version of a roman shade, then so could I! I hot glued a small loop of ribbon at to different positions on the back side of the curtains...and I screwed a hook into the inside of the window...they attach super easy...it took me all of 20 minutes to do this to both windows and I LOVE THEM!!!!! Really, I love them! I rarely say that about one of my projects!
I can't decide whether I like them with the little tie ups...or without!?!?!? What do you think????