23 April, 2007

Seeing Shades of Preppy Green & White

Well I’m finally back after a much needed break. Thanks for your patience as I really needed to take some time to take care of some important things going on around the Monogram household. So let’s get back to the projects and preppy finds and other fun stuff, shall we?

If you’ll remember, I’ve still been feverishly working on completing mini monogram #2’s big boy room. All that’s left is to take the artwork I purchased to be professionally framed, and I’m having a devil of a time finding a large round mirror w/ either a black or silver frame. But in the meantime, I did complete his window treatment that turned out so cute, and perfectly matches the bed skirt and I know this is a project that will interest one or 2 of you. I used the same fresh white with Kelly green grosgrain ribbon trim that I used on the bed skirt, added a monogram, and the end result is exactly what I was looking for. Look, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that it’s one thing to add some grosgrain ribbon to a store-bought bed skirt, but a window treatment? Yes, my friends, it’s entirely possible! So here’s another semi-homemade project for sewers and no-sewers alike.

You Will Need
-1 store-bought roman shade to fit your window
-grosgrain ribbon of your choice (enough to cover the entire length of the shade times two)
-clear thread for your machine (if you’re sewing) or a heavy duty flexible fabric glue
-black-out fabric if you opt to use it on the back of the shade to make the room darker
-straight pins

Instructions
1) You first need to decide where you want your grosgrain ribbon. I wanted mine the same distance inside on each side, centered over the “tape” and string on the backside.


2) Using your ironing board lay your roman shade on it, face up. Starting at the very top, pin your grosgrain ribbon all the way down to the base of the shade. NOTE: Remember that a roman shade has 2 important things that you need to keep in mind when pinning. 1) The wooden dowels that are horizontally sewn inside and 2) the “tape” on the back of the shade that the string goes through which enables the shade to be lifted and lowered. So make sure you don’t pin the tape on the backside.

3) One of the tricky parts of pinning the ribbon to the shade is making sure that you adjust the shade and different sections of it to make sure the ribbon won’t buckle when you sew it.


4) Once you’ve pinned the ribbon on both the left and right side, you have two options. For non-sewers, grab that fabric glue and start gluing it small sections at a time to prevent slippage. For sewers, bring your shade to the sewing machine, and remember you will need a large work surface.

5) Sewers: I use the clear thread so it doesn’t show on either side of my shade or ribbon. You also need to note that due to the dowels in the shade, you will have to sew a little, and then knot your thread when you get to a dowel. Then pull the shade away from the machine, and position it to the other side of the dowel so you can start again. Truthfully, it’s a little annoying to have to do this, but you’ll find that once you get into a grove, it isn’t really that bad. NOTE: This is of utter importance! When sewing on the ribbon, make sure you do NOT sew it to the “tape” and string on the back of the shade otherwise the shade won’t work properly!


6) Once you’ve got your ribbon sewn on each side of the shade, tuck the ends underneath and secure with the fabric glue. Don’t worry; they’ll be hidden so no one will see them!

7) If you don’t need your room to be super dark, then consider your project complete (aside from taking it to your local monogrammer if you so desire as I have did). However, if you need it dark, then you can very easily sew or fabric glue your black-out fabric to the back of your shade. I sewed mine, and I’ll admit that takes quite a lot of patience to pin and sew it on perfectly.

So here is my finished product in mini #2’s bedroom. I’m so pleased with the end result, and it compliments his room just perfectly. Now, I only used one color ribbon but you could easily do this with multiple color grosgrain ribbons, or leave off the monogram all-together as well. You can even purchase your shade with a light blocker already attached and in that case, you are one step ahead of the game. But speaking of the shade, I’m sure you’re wondering why on earth I didn’t make my own Roman shade from scratch. And the reason for this is because I’ve made romans before so I know it is much more worth my time and money in this case to just buy a pre-made shade and enhance it as I so desired.

Where to buy the shade, you ask? I picked mine up at Linens ‘N Things, but you can check Bed, Bath, & Beyond, JC Penney, or Smith & Noble (just to name a few off the top of my head). Feel free to start from scratch, but in my opinion since I just needed a basic white roman shade for this project, it was much more efficient for me to purchase a pre-made shade.


Good luck!

24 Comments:

Fairfax said...

Welcome Back!!!

Preppy Wedding said...

It looks BEAUTIFUL and oh so preppy. So glad you're back!

Erin said...

MM, all your cute crafty projects are going to drive me to purchase a sewing machine one of these days! I love this one...

KKB said...

Cute, cute, cute! LOVE it!

Melissa said...

That is sooo cute! Welcome back - you were very missed!

Elizabeth H. said...

That is so fantabulous! I may take yoyr directions to someone else and have them make it for me.

Lisagh said...

Gorgeous!

Monogram Momma said...

Thanks, guys!!!

And erin, I'm no psychic but I believe I see a sewing machine in your future!!

Kristie LaLonde said...

I love it, love it, love it! I am so glad that you are back!

Melissa said...

Yay! You're back!! I love the blinds! They are absolutely charming. I bet the whole room is just as preppy & well appointed. What type of artwork did you select?

tommiea said...

that is so cute.....I am on the hunt for a whimsical bedskirt for my two year girl...I might be able to pull this one off!!

lauren said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! Those were at LnT? I'm going to have to go check that out. We might be building a house this summer and I reeeeaaally want roman shades for it. :)

hqm said...

Honest to God...they are the cutest shades I have ever seen!
Glad your back...can't wait to see what else you have been doing!

Monogram Momma said...

Lauren: the plain white shades were at LNT, then I added onto them. Check online because I couldn't find my size at my store so I had to find it in Atlanta. However, they did tell me that they'll track down what you need and send it to you through the store w/ NO SHIPPING fee so maybe it is a little better to go to the store and it will save you a bit of cash in shipping.

Mellisa: the artwork is AMAZING!! I can't wait to have it framed and show you guys. They are very tight shots of sails and knots and the workings of sailboats in sepia and black and white. GORGEOUS! Once I get through this derby party that is my next things to do!

Anonymous said...

Did you add the piece that was monogrammed?

Monogram Momma said...

The sahde I bought already came with that little valence at the top. Most pre-made Roman's come with that (as I discovered in my shopping). So all I did was take it to my monogrammer and have her add the monogram on the valence for me.

Head Hen said...

*Sew* cute! I guess I could take out the wooden rods and even use RIT dye on them to match them to things... Oh, the possibilites.

I can't wait to see pics of your Derby set up.

jilly said...

Oh I LOVE that, may have to try this one!

Preppy Rider said...

OMG This turned out fabulous, I adore them! I want these!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

You are so talented and these shades are soooooooo darn cute! Cute!

Celina said...

This is amazing! LOVE IT!

J's Crew said...

Are you for real? Those are amazing, I love them I want them! I love green, green and white together and anything monogramed! LOVE IT!!!!!!

Christy said...

That is super cute! You make it look so easy.

Allyson said...

I e-mailed you while you were on vacation telling you how much I loved the roman shade idea. I finally finished my 8 year old's "Preppy Lilly Room" and love how the shade turned out. Thanks again for posting your precious - and extremely creative - idea. Everyone has loved it! I hope you don't mind that I added a link to it on my site, I have to give credit where it is due.
http://houseofstephens.blogspot.com/2008/06/laurens-surprise.html

Fondly,
Allyson Stephens