The previous owners left their roman shades in the kitchen and as much as I hated the fabric/pattern, I actually kept them up. I have this strange fear of staring out into darkness. I'm fine with not having any shades or curtains during the day when I can actually see outside, but once the sun goes down - shades down, curtains untied! It's all paranoia since I'm pretty sure no one is lifeless enough to watch me from outside. I don't know, I just don't like it. Maybe I've seen way too many horror flicks.
Anyway, I finally bought some fabric (thanks IKEA) and gave the shades a little makeover. I wasn't about to sew Roman Shades from scratch - although I have looked it up online and it looks like a project that a semi-novice sewer could tackle.
I basically ripped it apart, to sew it all back together again. Luckily the fabric/pattern that I hated was only the front part and was able to salvage the back part which was just a plain ivory thickish fabric.
1. Unstitch the front from the back with a stitch ripper
2. Measure and cut new fabric to the same size as the shade (including seam allowances)
3. Pin new fabric onto shade and iron. Lucky for me, the original shades used some sort of fabric adhesive/binding and I was able to reactivate it by ironing the two fabrics together. Although I decided to use fuse tape for the side seams to make my life easier.
I wish I enjoyed sewing more, but the more I sew the more I'm realizing that it's not something that I truly truly enjoy. I find that I often get frustrated half-way through my projects and start to think "uh oh, what did I get myself into?" I wonder if that feeling will ever go away?