How to Cover Window Shades With Fabric

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Custom window treatments can break your decorating budget, but it's cost efficient to cover window shades with fabric. You'll get a custom designer look for a fraction of the cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Roll-up shade the correct size for your window 2 to 3 yards fabric for each shade Scissors Old newspapers or other protective covering for work surface Spray adhesive for fabric Fabric glue in squeeze bottle Decorative trim (buttons, flat-backed jewels, beads)
  • Unroll the shade and measure its full width and its length from the bottom to within 2 inches of the roller. Add 2 inches to the width and length measurements.

  • Cut a piece of fabric the same as the shade's length and width measurements.

  • Lay the shade right side up on your work surface. Spray it with adhesive.

  • Carefully cover the shade with fabric. Place the top of the fabric 2 inches from the roller. Leave a 1-inch overhang on both sides and at the bottom of the shade. Smooth the fabric over the shade.

  • Turn the shade over. Apply a bead of glue to the overhanging fabric and fold to the back of the shade. Press down securely.

  • Apply decorative trim or embellishments. Limit your embellishing to the bottom few inches of the shade so it continues to roll up as it was intended to do.

  • Lay the unrolled shade flat and allow the glue to dry for 12 to 24 hours before re-installing in the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • This works best with light- to medium-weight fabric.

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