How To Make Roman Shades

How To Make Roman Shades

You're about to discover how to make roman shades! I absolutely love roman shades! They offer privacy, light control and insulation... and they make decorating your window easy. They don't require as much fabric to make as drapes do and... making roman shades is easier than you may think. Most roman shade styles start with a rectangle of fabric... from there you can add lining, interlining... and accent fabrics. And based on where you put your shade rings and lift cord... you can have relaxed roman shades, butterfly roman shades... or flat roman shades. If you love the look of roman shades like I do... then learn how to make roman shades with me - Jenny T.!

Here's what you're going to learn about making roman shades!

How To Make Roman Shades - step by step

In this roman shade how-to, you are going to learn how to sew a flat roman shade. I'm going to share with you all kinds of expert tips and tricks about making roman shades. You'll learn what supplies you'll need to install a roman shade... where you can find your roman shade supplies and hardware. Plus! Read on to discover step by step roman shade instructions that will have easy diagrams that show you exactly how to measure and cut your fabric... thread and rig your roman shade... and install your roman shade!
Ok... so let's get started!

How To Make Roman Shades - Installing

Where Should I Install My Roman Shade?

Inside Mount vs. Outside Mount
One big factor in measuring for your roman shade is deciding if your roman shade will be on the inside of your window frame (inside mount) or on the outside of your window frame (outside mount)... on your wall or molding. This is mainly a design decision.

Inside Mount

An inside mount will offer more privacy, because there is less gap between the roman shade and the window.

If you have moulding around your window, an inside mount will show off your window trim.

If you plan on hanging drapes over your window, then an inside mount is ideal because it won't interfere with the hanging and functioning of your drapes.

Outside Mount

An outside mount can make your window look bigger. If you install it higher on your wall... you window will look taller. You can really manipulate the size of your window by how you hang your roman shade.

If you wish to have the roman shade clear your window when the shade is completely raised, then you will want an outside mount.

If you plan on hanging your roman shade on a decorative drapery pole... an outside mount is required.

You decide! It's your window.... do what you like best!

When Making Roman Shades How Far Apart Should I Space My Lift Cords?

How To Make Roman Shades - Measuring

How to measure your window.

Before you can start sewing your roman shade, or start cutting your fabric, you need to know the finished dimensions of your roman shade. That is... how wide and how long do you want your roman shade to be when it is completely lowered.

There are three different ways to install your roman shade... inside your window frame, outside your window frame, and on a decorative pole.

Inside the window frame
If you plan on hanging your roman shade on the inside of your window frame... you will attach your roman shade to a dust board and then install the dust board to the top inside of your window frame.

The finished width of your roman shade is the width of the inside of your window frame MINUS 1/2 inch.

The finished length of your roman shade is the length of the inside of your window frame.

Outside the window frame
If you plan on hanging your roman shade on the outside of your window frame... then you will attach your roman shade to a dust board... and install the dust board to the wall above your window frame.

There is no strict rule of how far above the window you should install your roman shade. The higher you install the dust board the taller your window will appear.

The finished width of your roman shade is however wide you wish your roman shade to be. If you're not sure... two inches passed the edge of your window is a common installation.

The finished length of your roman shade is the length from the top edge of your dust board to the windowsill

On a decorative pole

If you plan on hanging a roman shade on the outside of your window frame on a decorative drapery pole... then you will slide your roman shade onto the pole... you will still install a dust board inside your window frame. Your hardware that will raise and lower your roman shade will be installed on this board.

The finished width of your roman shade is however wide you wish your roman shade to be. If you're not sure two inches passed the edge of your window is a common installation.

The finished length of your roman shade is the length from the top edge of your drapery pole to the window sill.The finished length of your roman shade is the length from the top edge of your dust board to the window sill

How To Make Roman Shades - Sewing On Shade Rings

3 Expert Tips for Sewing On Your Shade Rings

Here are 3 expert tips for sewing on your shade rings:

1. Use thread that coordinates with your face fabric. Even though the thread may not match your lining, you want the thread to blend in with the face fabric. When you sew on your shade rings you will see a little bit of tacking on the front of your roman shade.

2. Sew your shade ring through all layers of fabric and lining. This is a must! If you only sew the ring to the lining, there will be nothing to hold up the face fabric... causing it to sag away from the lining. That's no good!

3. Space your shade rings about 10" apart going across your shade. If you are sewing a flat roman shade, you don't want to space your rings any further apart. You may cause swagging in between the shade rings.

DESIGNER TIP

It is so easy to change the look of your roman shade, just by moving around the shade rings.

1. If you space them far apart, your roman shade will swag in the middle. Thus causing a relaxed roman shade. Easy!

2. If you have your first column of rings about 6" or more from the side edges, you'll create butterfly tails... creating a butterfly roman shade.

3. The farther apart you space your rings up your shade... the bigger the pleats. For larger roman shades, you may want the pleats to be bigger. It can also be a design choice to have oversized pleats.

Happy Sewing!

Jenny T.

How To Make Roman Shades - Using an Orb

How To Make Roman Shades

Flat Roman Shade - Yes! You can make this roman shade.
Flat Roman Shade - Yes! You can make this roman shade.
Slatted Roman Shade - This roman shade is easier to make than you may think.
Slatted Roman Shade - This roman shade is easier to make than you may think.

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