This is a repost. This is one of my most popular hits on the Google Search Engine. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing this as any easy window treatment alternative.
2 yards of fabric for each window
4 – 3" x 40" strip in a coordinating fabric
1. Cut 4 coordinating stripes of 3" x 40" fabric for the ties. Iron each side about 1/4" under and then iron the strip in half.
2. Sew it together around the edged. I sewed it as close to the edge as possible.
It looks like this when done.
3. I have a 35" wide window so I cut my fabric 47" x 63" because i wanted it to be hung on the outside of my window.
5. Pin the top of the shade 2 1/2" down and pin in place. This will be the pocket for your curtain rod so make sure you leave enough room for the rod to fit in. Sew in place. I actually used the sewing line as my guide and tried to sew on top of that.
7. Measure 9" from the side edge and lay the tie down. The edge of the tie should be at 9" from each side of the shade. With right sides together pin the top of the shade and then one of the ties, then the bottom half of the shade, then the other tie. Pin in place.
Close up view
8. Now pin the rest of the shade with right sides together. It was pretty easy to do with this pattern because I just matched up the stripes. Sew about 3/8" from the edge.
9. Press the seam flat so it will lay all nice when you hang it.
10. Then I sewed the two edges of the fabric down so it layed flat.
Cost: $35 for the fabric for three windows. I used some leftover blue fabric for the ties that I had laying around. I also already had the thread.