Surprise Window Shades {guest tutorial}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great New Year!  I’ll see you on Monday with season 14.*

Hi there, I’m Sarah, today’s grateful and excited guest poster.

I’ve been admiring the crafty talents on this blog for a while now, so I am humbled to be writing a guest post here, my first one ever!  Thank you for letting me hang out here today.

I blog over at My Project Bag to keep the food, furnishing and fiber projects under control and hopefully meet a few friends along the way.  Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on lately.

Today, I want to share with you this idea for what I call “surprise window shades”:

Because the shades button up, you can put whatever fun flip side you’d like as a surprise when the shade is open.  The surprise on this shade is of course the last line from that cute children’s story.

The idea started with these button-up window shade instrucations from Martha Stewart.  Hers show plain fabric on the front and striped fabric on the back.  That’s plenty cute, but I wanted some extra fun for my toddler’s room.

I decorated each side before sewing everything together according to the instructions. The base fabric is linen, although I think duck cloth would be better.

I stenciled the letters onto the base fabric with fabric ink.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stencil in vinyl, but there are certainly ready-made stencils for letters that would work fine.  I drew a line in disappearing ink to help line up the letters.

The moon was drawn by hand (with the help of a compass) onto fusible interfacing. Next I fused the interfacing to the fabric, cut along the line, and stitched around the shape with an applique machine stitch.

Once the sides were ready, I put them face together (making sure the words were facing opposite directions).  I then pinned both layers together to some shade darkening fabric as a lining.  That allows the shades to keep as much light out as possible so my son can sleep.  There is no lining in the original instructions, but the three layers work just fine.

Then I was ready for the instructions.  The one part I had trouble understanding from the instructions was how to insert the loops.  Here is a picture of how it worked.

Some other ideas for a surprise might be putting a night scene on the front and a daytime scene on the back.  The shade could tell a joke with the punchline on the back.  The surprise can also be on the front: a cute little monster with his head peaking up behind a wall when the shade is up could be revealed when the shade is down.

Hope you have fun with it!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the project.

Thanks again, Missy, for letting me share here, and happy crafty New Year to all!


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