How to Make a No-Sew Window Curtain Shade

by Pate Meadows Designs

This relaxed shade is sometimes referred to as a London Shade. Our super easy directions will help you to construct one for your windows. And the best part is, you don't even have to have a sewing machine ! Let us know how yours turns out !


  • 1 ½ Yards Main Fabric (for a single window as shown)
  • 2 Yards Contrast Fabric for banding and ties
  • 1 Clear Glass Ball Rod Set-Med.
  • 1 2" Bias Tape Maker (
  • 1 1/2" Steam-a-Seam (
  • 1 Fray Check (
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    These instructions are for one single window like the one shown above.

    Step 2

    Here are the supplies that you will need. You can find most of these on our website at

    Step 3

    First determine the finished width of your shade. Hang your brackets at the outer edge of the window. Measure the distance between the brackets. This will be your finished width. Ours measured 39".

    Step 4

    Cut the following: Main Fabric: Cut a rectangle 54" long x the finished width (determined in step 3).

    Step 5

    From the 2 yds of contrast fabric, cut (8) 3-3/4" bias strips. For tips on cutting bias strips, our tutorial at

    Step 6

    When cutting your bias strips, try to make them as long as possible so you won't have many seams. If you have to seam them, use steam-a-seam and join them together as shown in the video above.

    Step 7

    Next, use the 2" bias tape maker to fold in each side the sides of the banding.

    Step 8

    Press steam-a-seam to each side of the folded edge banding.

    Step 9

    Without removing the backing from the steam-a-seam, fold the banding in half and press.

    Step 10

    Peel the backing off the steam-a-seam. Starting at the top left corner of the shade. Place the banding under the raw edge of the shade.

    Step 11

    Press in place.

    Step 12

    Fold the other side of the banding over and press. Continue applying the banding around the side, bottom and up the other side of the shade.

    Step 13

    See the above video for how to do the corners of the shade. Note: the banding is cut off for instructional purposes.

    Step 14

    To form a heading at the top of the shade, press down 1/2" toward the wrong side of the shade. Apply steam-a-seam to the fold.

    Step 15

    Peel the backing off the Steam-a-Seam.

    Step 16

    Fold down 3" to form the rod pocket.

    Step 17

    Press and steam the rod pocket thoroughly with the iron.

    Step 18

    Measure in 7-1/2" from each edge of the shade and mark with a straight pin.

    Step 19

    At the bottom of the shade, measure in 7-1/2" from the each side and 6" from bottom of the shade. With a pencil, mark a 1-1/2" line as shown above.

    Step 20

    Cut a small rectangle of fabric about 1" x 2". Apply two small pieces of Steam-a-Seam

    Step 21

    Press and steam with the iron.

    Step 22

    Peel the backing of the steam-a-seam. Place the small piece o fabric over the 1-1/2" mark at each side of the bottom of the shade. Press and steam.

    Step 23

    Add Fray Check around the raw edges. Let it dry thoroughly.

    Step 24

    Using sharp scissors, cut a 1-1/2" opening along the marked line.

    Step 25

    Add Fray Check to the raw edges.

    Step 26

    For the ties, use the same method you did for the banding. You will need about 125" for each tie.

    Step 27

    Fold the ties in half and press

    Step 28

    Tie a knot in each end of ties.

    Step 29

    Apply small piece of Steam-a-Seam to the back side of the header where you marked earlier.

    Step 30

    Fold the ties in half vertically and mark the center

    Step 31

    Press the tie onto the back of the shade header as shown.

    Step 32

    Thread the tie through from the back of the shade to the front using the small opening you made at the bottom of the shade.

    Step 33

    Put the rod through the header at the top of the shade and place the rod in the brackets you installed earlier. Pull the shade up to the desired length and tie a bow. Adjust the folds

    Step 34

    So cute!!