DIY Roman Shades

Window remedies (particularly customized ones) can definitely get expensive, so why not discover some low cost material and make your personal? Roman shades make modern and practical window coverings and are comparatively straightforward to make (though they could take some time relying on the quantity you’re creating so make sure that to put aside sufficient time for this venture!). Though there are lots of steps to this one time value financial savings will certainly be value it when you might have your personal customized window remedies!


  • material (right here we did three home windows utilizing roughly 60 inches every of cloth so we used 5 yards complete)
  • tape measure
  • small plastic rings (amount is determined by measurement of undertaking and variety of shades made)
  • good string for shades (4x the quantity of cloth you used)
  • three items of wooden (rectangular and becoming to measurement for the tops of your shades)
  • needle
  • thread
  • pins
  • stitching machine
  • eye hooks
  • twine cleats
  • screws
  • drill with phillips head bit and skinny drill bit
  • staple gun
  • dowel rod (elective)


1. Begin by measuring on your complete undertaking. Measure the inside of the window and minimize your wooden for the highest of the shade to measurement size sensible. Reduce your material right down to measurement leaving loads of room for seam allowances (we used a 2 inch seam allowance to every aspect of the shade, 2 inches for the highest and 6 inches for the underside).

2. Sew up the aspect seams of your shade through the use of a 1 inch double hem. Pin up each side and run by way of the stitching machine with a primary straight sew.

three. For the underside of the shade, measure and pin a three inch double hem and stitch throughout. It will depart loads of area for an optionally available dowel rod in the event you determine to make use of one.

four. As soon as your shade is sewn up, you will have so as to add your plastic rings that may maintain within the string in your shade. Measure and mark the place you need your rings alongside both sides of the shade and center of the shade (three rows complete). Every ring must be spaced evenly from the underside as much as the highest. Right here we used 10 inch spacing between every ring and used 5 rings on every line (for a complete of 15 rings per shade). You do not want a hoop on the very prime of the shade as that half might be hooked up to the wooden to drill into your window. You should use kind of relying on how far aside you desire to your pleats (nearer collectively means tighter and extra pleats, additional aside will imply looser and fewer pleats).

5. After you have measured, marked and positioned every ring in place (you need to use pins to carry them in place), sew them on. You’ll be able to hand sew them or drop the feed canine in your stitching machine and use a zig zag sew to connect every ring.

6. As soon as the rings are hooked up, measure the space width sensible between your columns of rings. Mark this distance on the wooden and pre drill three small holes. Insert the attention hooks into the holes.

7. Staple the highest of the material to the highest of the wooden (different sensible of the place you positioned the attention hooks).

eight. String up the shade by tying the string on the backside of the shade to the plastic ring. and feeding it up by way of every ring till you attain the highest and string by means of the attention hook. Pull off to the aspect and half means down the shade. Reduce there. Proceed with every column of rings, however with every column feed by means of the start rows eye hook to have your string finish on the similar spot on the finish of the earlier column. As soon as all three columns are strung, tie the ends of the string collectively to create your pull.

9. Pre drill your shade and screw it to the highest of the window (on the within border of the window).

10. Lastly screw the twine cleats into the aspect of the window. Pull on your string and wrap across the twine cleat to tug up the shade! Chances are you’ll need to add in a dowel rod to the underside of the shade to offer weight on the shade if you end up pulling up and down however that is non-compulsory (however might maintain your shade extra straight).

Repeat all of the steps for the remainder of your shades!

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