How to make a no sew Roman shade for your window or door. This one is in Amanda Formaro's craft studio (Crafts by Amanda).
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No Sew Roman Shade

No sewing machine required for this easy no-sew Roman shade tutorial! It's a simple DIY project, perfect for doors too!
Prep Time10 mins
Crafting Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Age Group: Adult Crafts
Project Type: Home Decor
Makes: 1 shade


  • 1 yard fabric
  • 1 yard lining fabric
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion permanent fabric tape
  • 4 tension rods
  • Command Strip hooks for each side of the window to hold the tension rods

Craft tools



  • Measure the width of the window and cut the fabric as needed making sure to add 2 extra inches to fold over so you can make finished edges.
  • Iron your fabric, then iron edges to create seams.
  • Place fabric tape under the flap of the seam, press down and peel off backing. Place flap over tape and follow instructions on the package.
  • Repeat this process with lining fabric if you need a liner. I used a plain white cotton fabric as a liner because the quatrefoil fabric I chose was pretty translucent.
  • Use fabric tape to attach the liner to the shade fabric.
  • To make top and bottom rod pockets for tension rods, fold over and press the top and bottom of the fabric about an inch and a half or more depending on the diameter of your rod. (You want to make the pocket large enough for the rod to go through).
  • Run a line of fabric tape along the edge of the fabric and fold back over to adhere.
  • Iron the shade and put a tension rod through the top rod pocket and another through the bottom rod pocket.

Hang, open and close your no sew roman shade

  • With the fabric attached around the top tension rod, allow the rest of the fabric to hang and cover the window.
  • Place the next two tension rods (I swear they are straight! The quatrefoil pattern is making them look wavy. Freaky!) on the hooks.
  • Grasp the fabric behind the first tension rod and pull it upward, draping it over the rod.
  • Repeat with the second rod.
  • To close it, simply pull the fabric from the bottom until it’s straight down and behind the rods.


Remove the rubber stopper on the rod to make threading it through the rod pocket easier.