easy roller shades
I figured out an easy, inexpensive way to make a fabric roller shade. First buy a simple plastic roller shade from Target or Home Depot. Have it cut to fit your window. Remove the plastic shade and cut a piece of fabric to fit the size of the plastic shade. Leave a few inches of extra fabric along the sides and the bottom for a seam. Sew a pocket seam along the bottom edge and insert the wooden or plastic dowel that came with the shade. This will give it weight at the bottom and help it to hang nicely. Then duck tape the top edge of the fabric along the cardboard roller (the same way that the plastic shade was attached before you removed it.) Carefully roll up the fabric and install the shade in the window.
Lighter weight fabrics work better. I made the colorful striped shade for the playroom, and the cream linen shade for my girl's room. It's been hanging for a few years, and it still works great.
This is a much more economical way of making a shade rather than buying an expensive fabric shade kit from a fabric store. It's fairly quick and easy to construct as well.