Shades and curtains can get pretty pricey these days, so instead of burning a hole in your pocket why try making some yourself? Here’s how to make a sophisticated DIY sophisticated easy-to-make Roman shades. Of course, you should definitely explore with different fabrics, you’ll never which might suit your home better.
Items And Directions:
– Enough upholstery fabric to cover the entire window with extra fabric on all sides
– Sewing Machine
– An Iron
Measure your window’s height and width. Add 12″ to the length and 4″ to the width. This is the size you’ll use to cut your fabric. Make sure that any design detail on the fabric is centred.
Hem the edges for a nice finished look. Start with the long sides, make a double-turn hem. Place the fabric pretty-side down, and make a 2″ fold on one of the long sides. Measure and pin it so you know it’s nice and straight, then iron the crease. Then sew over the hem about 1/8″ in from the inner edge of the hem. Repeat the process on the other side.
The bottom hem is going to be super wide so that it gives the whole shade enough weight to hang straight. Fold it just like you did for the long sides, but this fold is going to be 4″. Measure, pin and iron it flat, then fold the hem again using the 4″ hem as a guide so you’ve got a 4″ double hem. Pin and iron again.
For the top hem, make a hollow pocket to slide the curtain rod through. With the pretty-side down, fold over fabric 2″, pin and press, then fold it again another 2″, and press with the iron. Sew across the hemline. Backstitch at both ends of the seam to make it nice and sturdy.
Choose a ribbon that is at least 1″ wide. Try to match with a colour that complements the fabric. You need two pieces of ribbon, double the height of the window plus two feet.
Fold the ribbon pieces in half and position them over the top of the rod pocket, with half the ribbon behind the panel and half in front, pretty-side out. Then space them evenly, about a quarter of the way in from each side, and make sure the ends are even.
Pin the ribbon in place, make sure the pins go all the way through to the ribbon on the other side. Sew them in place along the top seam.
Tie the ribbons at whatever length you want the shade to hang. We used double bows, but the ends can also be folded and tucked out of sight.