If you have ever wanted to stencil a roman shade but been a bit in the dark about just how to go about it then you have come to the right place 😀 Today I’m going to show you how to stencil a Roman Shade.
First you will need a Roman Shade. You can buy a fabric shade or you can make your own using my tutorial. Roman Shades are really easy to make – not nearly as hard as they may seem when looking at a finished one.
I made this Roman Shade for my girls room after I stenciled their wall. I decided to go with pure white duck cloth and use the same stencil to create a sort of ‘whole wall’ stencil.
I made the shade first, sewing all the folds in place, and then stenciled the pattern on. If I had stenciled first and then sewn my folds in place it would have messed up the pattern of the stencil.
I used the same foam rollers to stencil the shade that I used on the wall. They worked really good for both projects.
I taped off the parts of the stencil I didn’t want paint getting in and painted the colors just like I had the wall.
It does take a bit of patience – you really need to let one color of paint dry before moving on to another color because of the taping that needs done. I may or may not have been as patient as needed 😀
Paint right over the seams that created the pockets for the dowel rods on the back side of the Roman Shade. Painting fabric is different than painting wood but just take your time and go with it. A bit of imperfection just adds to the handmade charm of DIY!
The stencil I used is large but I did have to repeat once to get the whole length of the shade stenciled. The stencil I used is from Royal Design Studio and was really easy to use. There are marks on the stencil for lining it up for the subsequent placements of the stencil.
It isn’t perfect but I am very happy with how this Stenciled Roman Shade turned out. My girls like it and I think it really takes the wall stencil up a notch to have it on the shade too.
I love the bit of girly ruffle I added to the bottom. It is a vintage ruffle off an old garment or curtain and it added the perfect finishing touch.
My girls still love their stenciled wall and Roman Shade. And I’d do it again – it really isn’t as hard as it looks – just time consuming 🙂
So how about it? Need a project this week? Stitch up a Roman Shade and stencil something fun on it!
I played with making some stencils today with my Silhouette. I have some new pillow designs about ready to show off!
Hope Williams says
What a great tutorial! You do good stuff! Love this pattern too! I attempted to play around making a shade and, well, “attempted” anyway. Oh well, I learned a lot!
Very pretty. I like the ruffle you added too. When I get to my new home I’m going to make some Roman Shades using your tutorial. You make it look so easy. I taught myself to knit & crochet using books so this should also go smoothly. Thanks for the clever & pretty ideas, Jill.
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
What a clever idea! I love your tutorial for painting the roman shades. It definitely adds a punch of color to the room!