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Button-Up Window Shade




  • French ticking
  • Raw linen 
  • Twill tape
  • Buttons


  1. Step 1

    Measure inside of window frame, and use dimensions to cut one piece of ticking and one of linen.

  2. Step 2

    Place right sides together; pin along sides. Cut three 4-inch lengths of twill tape for loops.

  3. Step 3

    Fold ticking and linen outward 1/2 inch along the bottom, and press.

  4. Step 4

    Position loops on ticking fold, one at center and at each corner; machine-stitch back and forth to reinforce.

  5. Step 5

    Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew up the shade's two sides.

  6. Step 6

    Turn right side out. Draw out loops; sew bottom shut.

  7. Step 7

    To finish top opening: Fold linen and ticking inward 1/2 inch; press, and sew closed 1/4 inch from edge.

  8. Step 8

    For curtain-rod channel, make a second seam across top, 1 1/2 inches from the first. 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 (31)

  • JadeandCC 10 Jan, 2012

    There so cute and easy to use. Thanks!

  • shubertwilson 1 Apr, 2010

    These shades are so cute and simple. The loops are for the buttons to raise and lower them. Which is great because you can place them to your liking!

  • shubertwilson 1 Apr, 2010

    These shades are so cute and simple. The loops are for the buttons to raise and lower them. Which is great because you can place them to your liking!

  • sevenhayes 4 Mar, 2010

    i just came across this and it looks easy except does anyone know how you raise it up? thanks

  • patriciasart 1 Apr, 2009

    I love this idea! !Its so cool and easier to make than a Roman shade .

  • geekygrandma 6 Mar, 2009

    Grrrr - the "plus" and the "minus" keys did not show up in my post. Use the "plus" key to enlarge and the "minus" key (up next to the Backspace key) to achieve enlarging or reducing the photo.

  • geekygrandma 6 Mar, 2009

    @shelter and others needing a bigger photo: you can't enlarge the photo by clicking on it, but you CAN enlarge the whole page by using CTRL and the " " key to enlarge. (The " " key is up next to the Backspace key). Works in both IE and Firefox browsers. To get back to original size, use CTRL and the "-" key, or in Firefox, go to View >Zoom > Reset.

  • TupperQueen 6 Mar, 2009

    Bless you Martha! I have been living with a sheet (gasp!) covering my bay window in my bedroom because I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to cover it - the differing dimensions, not blocking the shape of the window, and my need for a modern solution kept me in a tizzy. Now I can customize this design with any fabric I want, and it will be gorgeous!!! Thank you!

  • emptynester 6 Mar, 2009

    THis is just what I needed for my utility room window and I love the idea of the batting inbetween to help with the hot and cold since I live in Texas and the weather is always hot or cold here.

  • shellcottage 6 Mar, 2009

    A larger picture would help to understand how this works and in following the directions. I could not enlarge the picture by clicking on it. This would really help.

  • cookmartyn3 6 Mar, 2009

    it would be nice to have some illustration, it's hard to viualize it.

  • victoria0128 5 Mar, 2009

    wish there is a more detailed list of instructions. Its hard to visualize the process.

  • motherpug 5 Mar, 2009

    i think i'd put the print fabric inside..loved the idea of sewing magnets inside the fabric to hang on metal door...

  • tattinggoddess 5 Mar, 2009

    I would like better photos too. I'm not seeing how this works.

  • NatureGeek24 5 Mar, 2009

    Sorry, but I can't help but think of how this looks from the outside of the house with all the mis-mash of window treatments.

  • saralsea 5 Mar, 2009

    I have a metal kitchen door and am thinking of putting a row of magnets in the top hem. If I chose the right fabrics I will be able to just pull it off the door and into the washing machine.

  • dsuemor 5 Mar, 2009

    Perfect ! I have been thinking of what to do to my 2 Granddaughter's room ~ it is a very wide windox and short 86 x 3?, this will solve the problem with out being to fussy... use her tinkerbell material as one side.....
    Can do the same for the boy with baseball print !! Will be very easy to make ..

  • KaterTot 5 Mar, 2009

    I'm going to use WOOL BATTING in between, so it will keep out the cold and hot when down.

  • lbuser 5 Mar, 2009

    I LOVE the no-sew option. I use that iron-on bonding tape for everything I can. And YES, Bonding tape will work for this. I am going to make these for my bedroom windows. The curtains I have are nice but they let in too much light on "sleep-in" mornings. These will look so much better than blinds.

  • jencooper 5 Mar, 2009

    I think I'm going to try this for my bathroom window. I am renting so I can't do a lot of painting and such, but I can dress up with window treatments and decor!! I might even attempt them in my sons room with bold colors or sports theme fabric with solids. . . . hmmmm

  • auntlizzie 5 Mar, 2009

    Yes to Nancy's question. Let's try that iron-on bonding tape. I suppose we must sew the buttons or use velcro on a patterned fabric so it wouldn't show. Will this work?

  • imitationmartha 2 Mar, 2009

    I just finished this and it looks great! This is the very first sewing project I have ever done and it was so easy! I made it for a tiny bathroom window but used big colorful print and I think it made the window look a little bigger. Very cool.

  • NancyMcManus 27 Aug, 2008

    So sweet. So cute. Do you think it could be adapted to a "no-sew" project??

  • debbiewellard 6 Mar, 2008

    This is the perfect solution for that problem window. It is simple and elegant, and very easy to make.

  • getcleanmom 28 Feb, 2008

    I found this a while back and actually jumped in and made it... I am not too crafty but it turned out and looks fabulous. It has been hanging in the kitchen window for over 2 years with no coming down any time soon.

  • jennifermayotte 28 Feb, 2008

    You can also attach it to the top of the window with velcro. I've done that with other window treatments and it works just fine.

  • jclearwire 28 Feb, 2008

    re: how does it attach to the window?
    You use what is called a tension rod,,(it,has a spring inside.) You buy one the closest size to your window (inside the window frame, but NOT SMALLER)
    twist the end to adjust it to be about 1/2" longer than your window is WIDE, Then, slide it into the "curtain-rod channel" you just sewed, and fit the whole thing intio your window.. EASY. Good way for quick, inexpensive window treatment, EASILY Changed, too.

  • tkhager 28 Feb, 2008

    does anyone have any better photos? Also how is it attached to the window!

  • JulieAnn1021 3 Jan, 2008

    a quick and easy way to give the whole room a facelift!

  • cabinquilter 12 Dec, 2007

    Too cute - and easy!

  • cabinquilter 12 Dec, 2007

    Too cute - and easy!