And this is how it looks now:
I surprised myself with the fabric I fell in love with. It’s quite neutral, but the stripes were so eye-catching I couldn’t pass it up. The tutorial I followed is found here. Although, I didn’t add any fancy ribbon trim and I didn’t add the blackout fabric. Luckily, my fabric was thick and had a very dark backing so I didn’t need the extra layer.
I also hung the shade a few inches higher than the window to cheat things up a bit. I am so happy with the way it turned out. Honestly, I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to pull it off, but my friend Meagan’s advice was perfect: Take your time and sew slow. So, I didn’t rush. I really thought about what I was doing and I worked hard to keep my stripes lined up. There were moments of frustration where I had to pull out the seam ripper, but all in all–definite improvement and learning experience.
The cost breakdown:
1.5 yards of fabric–$13.48
4 wooden dowels–$3.96
Mounting wood–$4.19 (You can get the same thing at a big box store for less than a buck, but I went to my neighborhood hardware store for this after realizing we didn’t have any scrap wood left and all they had was solid wood for over $4…eh well)
3 extra long screws--.48
Uhh…a quote for custom roman shades can run in the hundreds of dollars. Can I get a woot?!