Monday, October 1, 2012

No Sew window treatments for a Tween

Sassy's room redo has been a work in progress.  I can finally say, it is almost finished.  Really, I'm not joking.  I posted this picture on my blog way back in February of me working to put her new Ikea shelves together.

Yes, they are up, they are filled and new decor  is on the walls.  However, I'm not writing today to show you her entire room, but to show you her new window treatment (which we actually finished in April, but I am finally posting about it!)

Right around Christmas last year, we purchased Sassy a new quilt to start the ball rolling on her room makeover.  It took awhile to agree on one, but she ended up falling for one at Pottery Barn Teen (which they no longer carry).  It has a paisley design and lots of fun colors.

Anyway, we took down the pale pink curtains that had been gracing her room, repainted, and put in the new quilt.  The next question was window treatments.  Obviously the pale pink curtains were not going back up, and since here room faces east, she gets lots of morning sun ~ and that can be tough on a tween :)  We ended up purchasing black roman shades, but still couldn't decide on a fun treatment to go with them.

And then, inspiration struck.  We were seeing all of these fun fabric scrap banners all over the internet.  Like these for example:

We decided a valance above the roman shade would be perfect.  We loaded up the quilt, headed to JoAnn Fabrics and Sassy picked out just the "perfect" fabrics to create her one of a kind window treatment.

I measured the fabric out  cut them into random width strips and made sure to cut each strip so doubled up they would fall just below the roman shade when it was fully opened.

Lots of cuts later, we had some pretty piles of fabric strips.

We looped them onto her existing curtain rod ~ no specific pattern ~ just took turns grabbing and looping.

Sassy was (and still is) very happy with the outcome.  The colors and fabrics she picked worked perfectly ~ some cotton fabrics, some sheer.  And the treatment itself adds just the perfect punch of colors/patterns to tie everything together.

An easy and fun project for us to work together on!

Stay tuned ~ I promise I'll post the rest of her room soon :)

I'm here, and find lots of other inspiring projects and yummy food by stopping by these parties:

Hope Studios
Chef in Training
Home Stories A2Z
A bowl full of Lemons


Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

That is so cute! Love the idea and love the colors! Looking forward to seeing the whole room. :)

Jennifer Juniper said...

That is an awesome window treatment!

AJoy said...

AWESOME! My youngest daughter wants a Monster High themed room now. She is only 8. It WAS princesses...can you say night-and-day?! LOL.

I want to give her want she wants without going "Punk" or "Gothic." So, needless to say, accent and decorative pieces are hard to find, one of which is her curtains!

SO...thank you thank you thank you! I think this will be "rough" enough to represent MH and pretty enough to appease Mommy! (This is a Monster's room...and aren't Mummy's clothed with strips of cloth! LOL.)


Angel said...

What a great idea! I've seen the fabric strips used in other decor but I would have never thought to make a window treatment with them. Very cool and the colors are oh so tween!

BeCr8iv said...

I love it! It looks like you two collaborated and put a lot of care into this room. Wonderful job ladies!