How to sew Roman Shades


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There seems to be a lot of interest in how one can sew and create their own Roman Shades. Please follow these simple directions to make your own!

Before you start, here are a few supplies and materials you should check that you have:

  • fabric
  • lining fabric
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • scallop template
  • pencil
  • hook and loop tape
  • thin cording
  • small wooden dowel
  • 1″x1″ board
  • needle
  • staple gun
  • screw eyes
  • drill
  • screws

Do you have all that? Good. Now we can begin…

Step One:
First you need to measure the width of the window you will using the shades on.

To determine the necessary length, simply use the following formula: divide the window length by five, and then add that number to the length of the window and add seam allowances.

Example: a 35-inch long window divided by five is seven. Seven plus 35 equals 42 plus one inch for seam allowances equals 43. Cut the fabric and lining according to your measurements.

Step Two:
Pin the fabrics with right sides together and trace/cut scallops along the bottom. Sew the two pieces together, leaving about a six-inch opening along the top in the middle for turning. Snip small cuts in the seam allowances along the scallops so they lay flat, and then turn the shade right side out. Iron the edges so they’re crisp and sew the opening shut.

Step Three:
For this step you need to sew one side of hook and loop tape along the top edge of the shade on the lining side. Next, measure and mark the lining along both sides (every five inches, and then one inch, then another five inches, and then one inch) to the bottom of the shade. Fold and pin the one-inch areas to the back of the shade to create half-inch flaps. Once they’re sewn in, mark along each flap every six to eight inches, depending on the width.

Step Four:
Next, count the number of marks along one flap and cut that many cords at least double the length of the shade plus one shade width. Use a needle to sew the cording through the flaps at the marks, starting at the bottom and working up the shade. It is also suggested you put a large knot at the bottom to keep the cording from pulling through and messing things up.

Step Five:
Are you ready for this incredibly hard step? To keep the shade sturdy and neat, slip a wooden dowel into the bottom flap.

Step Six:
Cut the header board to the window width and staple the other side of the hook and loop tape to one narrow edge of it. Now you need to attach screw eyes to the adjoining side to line up with the cording on the shade.

Step Seven:
Attach the header to the shade with the hook and loop tape; feed the cords through the screw eyes, and then tie them together at one end.

Step Eight:
You’re almsot done! Your final step is to screw the header board to the window frame.

WooHoo! You did it. Simple as that. For a video on how all this can be accomplished simply click this link here. The video is courtesy Home and Garden Television…

A suggested idea: If the length doesn’t come out evenly, make the bottom scallops a little bit longer to make up the difference.

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