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Button-Up Window Shade




This simple shade is quickly and easily sewn and can be raised to two heights to let in varying amounts of light. All you need is French ticking, raw linen, twill tape, and buttons. Measure inside of window frame, and use dimensions to cut one piece of ticking and one of linen. Place right sides together; pin along sides.


  • French ticking
  • Raw linen
  • Twill tape
  • Buttons


  1. Step 1

    Turn right side out. Draw out loops; sew bottom shut. To finish top opening: Fold linen and ticking inward 1/2 inch; press, and sew closed 1/4 inch from edge. For curtain-rod channel, make a second seam across top, 1 1/2 inches from the first.

  2. Step 2

    Cut three 4-inch lengths of twill tape for loops. Fold ticking and linen outward 1/2 inch along the bottom, and press. Position loops on ticking fold, one at center and at each corner; machine-stitch back and forth to reinforce. Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew up the shade's two sides.

  3. Step 3

    Open channel's side seams with a seam ripper. Place two rows of buttons -- three at the top and three halfway down the shade -- so they align with loops, and hand-sew them on.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2002



Reviews (6)

  • VivTx 20 Jul, 2014

    I think these instructions could benefit from a review as I found this VERY confusing for such a simple project. The first steps mention pulling out loops that aren't added until step 2. No instructions are mentioned for hanging. It looks like such a delightfully simple and practical project, I'm disappointed I couldn't get my head around the directions for it (I'm thankful for the concept, though).

  • Huney Dew 18 May, 2014

    Would have been nice to try it, as a beginner I have no idea what she is talking about so will have to put off till i learn a bit more, not really a beginner's project. P.s, a video of this project would have been nice.

  • Sheryll 4 Feb, 2011

    I love this way of making window shades, better than mini blinds (I have kitty kats and they break the ends off as soon as I put new mini's up) , cheaper than curtains and far easier than Roman Shades and more durable too! I am going to make some flat valances to match my comforter/coverlet I am making with matching shams. Cheap to switch out when you tired of the colors and to just make a duvet cover and new shams. Oh my shades are whtie, with white back.

  • BinaTina 11 Jul, 2008

    I made this shade for my kitchen window and I love it. I chose to put the solid color as the back and a floral print as the front b/c I wanted to enjoy all the colors of the flowers more. I used leftover seam binding that I sewed closed for the loops to go around the buttons. Thanks for the idea!

  • Heb 13 Apr, 2008

    I made this shade for a window in my living room and it is wonderful.
    I did put some extra loops on the reverse of the shade behind the middle row of buttons so that the shade can be folded again lettting even more light in.

  • CraftTestDummies 27 Feb, 2008

    I might not want to button and re-button every day, but this would be a great window treatment for a garage window, seldom-used side door, or guest room. We even have attic window that would look good with these (with the ticking on the inside, of course!)