Easy Washable Window Shade
If this window curtain had a name it would be Shady Ease McWashmeaton. That sounds like a rapper name but it would be the curtain’s formal Christian name. Ordained by the Pope. Approved by Obama.
Seriously though…this might be one of the easiest window coverings ever.
You may remember my office. It underwent a transformation that could make you cry. Well maybe not but it did me. I couldn’t stand the very fleshy and brown before…and now it is bright light and happy. But it was still missing some curtains.
I had a couple yards of red buffalo check fabric in my stash that I thought would work so I pulled it out and for a brief moment thought about attempting my BFF’s 15 minute shade. It’s a perfect solution for a simple no-sew stationary shade. My problem is that I get lots of dust in this house. Maybe we are just really skinny people I guess (that’s a pun. I heard that most dust is our skin that flakes off and is around the house…which is equal parts disgusting and fascinating). Plus you never know when random food is found on curtains. Life with boys I guess.
So I needed my window coverings to be removable and washable. Which also means that hem tape won’t work as well. So I needed a sewing option.
Here’s my supplies….
- measuring tape
- an iron
- about a yard of fabric
- a tension rod (they run about $3)
- straight pins
- a sewing machine
- a seam ripper because dang I always need a redo
First measure the length and the width of the shade you want. I added four inches to my desired length (three extra for the top and one extra inch for the bottom)…and one extra inch for each side.
First you are gonna do the sides. Both sides need to be folded over a half inch and ironed.
Then you are gonna fold over the same edge another half inch and iron. After you iron it, sew it down for a nice clean edge that will survive the rigors of a washing machine. Then do the exact same thing on the bottom…half inch, iron, half inch, iron, sew. At the top, you will do pretty much the same thing except you will fold it over one half inch, iron, fold down the remaining two and a half inches, iron and sew leaving a pocket for the tension rod to go through.
Then it’s just a matter of slipping the tension rod through the pocket and adjusting the rod by twisting it to the perfect width.
It’s just the right splash of color that my office needed and it took maybe an hour to make both (but that does include breastfeeding a kid, and ripping one seam because my machine and I had a difference of opinion about the tension that it needed to have). I love them.
So that’s the simplest update around here lately. I think it goes just smashing with my deer head…sortof like a females version of a woodsman. Just call me Paulina Bunyan.