You may remember the post I did back in January on our small master bath here. I had to work around the existing yellow tiles so I decorated the bathroom in yellow and grays. On a recent trip to Jo-Anne fabric I found this beautiful Waverly fabric:Wave Bedazzle on sale 40% off and bought a yard to create these no-sew window panels in less than 60 minutes.
Here is the old shade...
It wasn't bad, worked well and did the job, but I wanted something more decorative.
The key to making this shade is cutting your fabric straight. I used my old T-square from college days. (We had NO computers back then and did our work at a drafting table with T-squares--really!)
I measured the size of the window, then added 2 inches on each side for hems and pockets.
No sewing machine required--I used iron-on tape instead.
I gave the sides a half inch hem and the top and bottom two inches to accommodate the tension rods.
There are two tension rods on the top and bottom of the fabric.
I can either keep the shade closed all the way, or pull the top down a few inches...
It also creates a pretty soft fold on the bottom.