Made of sturdy cotton or linen, map-printed tablecloths can endure all manner of crafting. We transformed a Florida design into a roller shade by fusing the fabric to linen and then stapling it to the roller of a store-bought shade.
Photography: Dana Gallagher
Martha Stewart Living, July 2010
Remove existing shade from roller. Using shade as a template, cut out a piece of the tablecloth, linen, and fusible webbing 5 inches bigger on all sides; these pieces will be trimmed later. (Make sure the tablecloth pattern will not be cut off at the top of the shade when it's pulled down: Use chalk or a disappearing-ink pen and ruler to draw the outline mark where the pattern will end up.)
Adhere tablecloth to linen: Sandwich webbing between tablecloth and backing linen. Using a hot iron with steam, apply slow, even pressure, making sure all webbing has melted and layers are completely fused. Trim the fused fabrics to the size of the shade, plus about 2 inches at the bottom for the rod pocket.
Sew rod pocket: Fold bottom up 1/2 inch, then 1 1/2 inches, then pin and edge-stitch. Insert dowel from store-bought shade. Sew a decorative pull to back of shade if desired.
Using staple gun, adhere top of fabric to roller, and hang.
Store-bought roller shade to fit your window
Chalk or disappearing-ink pen
If you have a tablecloth that's stained or torn in some parts, a roller shade is a great way to use its unblemished area.