How To Make Balloon Shade Tutorial – Balloon Shade DIY.
How To Make Balloon Shade Tutorial
Fabric (I found this gray & white gingham at this Etsy seller) – I used 1 3/4″ yards of 60″ width fabric
Cording (I used about 20 yards)
Wide Pocket Curtain Rod (2 1/2″)
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Start by measuring your window area. As you can see, I chose to hang my curtain much higher than the top of the window. The ceilings are tall in this room and the window is short. I wanted to make the window look taller.
And here’s how I set up the hardware. I put the curtain rod hardware slightly outside the width of the window measurement by about 1 inch. You also need to install 5 eye hooks where the strings you’ll thread through the back of the curtain and then through the eye hooks to make the balloon curtain balloon.
For the fabric, I cut three panels 19″ wide and 74″ length (the finished width will be just about double the width of the window and about double the length. This extra width & length fabric will help give the “balloon-ing” when the curtain is pulled up.
Pin the three panels together, right sides together. Sew along 1/2″ seam allowance.
Press open the seams.
Hem the bottom. Cut off excess fabric.
Create a top hem and a pocket for the hardware. Fold down the top fabric 10 inches. At the 4″ down from the top fold, create a sew line.
Make a the pocket 3″ to accommodate the 2 1/2″ hardware.
Sew along the lines to make the pocket.
Sew rings along the panel seams (and on outside seams). Space 6″ apart.
Thread your cording through the rings, starting at the bottom (where you’ll tie a knot. Thread up and over like so …
Insert the hardware through the pocket. Now you’re ready to hang.
Thread the cording through the eye hooks. Starting from the outer edge. The first cord will go through all four eye hooks.
The next goes through three eye hooks.
And next through two eye hooks.
The last through the last eye hook.
Pull on the cords until you like how the balloon shade balloons. Then braid them together and fit onto the 5th eye hook on the side of the window.
And we’re done. A full two months later …
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Wow for someone that claims you are an amateur sewer you did a beautiful job on this balloon shade.
I have that same material in my drapes and love the soft gray and white buffalo check. It is beautiful great job.
I think you did a wonderful job. In showing us how to sew a ballon shade, And the tutorial
Diana Lopes says
I love your sense of humor, and thanks for showing how to make the balloon shade. Loved it!
Carrie Krumrie says
So glad you explained how to thread the loops along the top. I made silk Roman shades, and did not know how to thread, they hung for 10 years!
Thanks so much! Others will know what to do!