DIY Roman shades are super practical projects you can make, given how these stylish window blinds can be as pricey as $200! The pulling mechanism can be a bit tricky, but the sewing part is a feat even a sewing beginner can do. Here are DIY Roman shades design ideas to inspire and jumpstart your DIY Roman shades project. Give the windows anywhere in your home that extra oomph without the added cost with Roman curtains you can make on your own!
DIY Roman Shades Tutorials For Your Home Decor Ideas
1. Plain Roman Shades
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Before we get to the more challenging styles of Roman shades, warm up those DIY muscles first with this simple Roman shades design. With its neatly folded fabric tucked between dowels, this kind of Roman shade is a classic window treatment perfect for any room in your home. Pick a fabric which folds well, then sew dowels or slats in between gaps. Attach it to a beam which carries the weight of your fabric and dowels.
2. Double-Layered Roman Shades
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One downside of Roman shades is, when pulling up all the layers, your home opens up to the world outside. With an extra layer of sheer fabric attached to the same beam, your problem is solved! This perfect double layered Roman shades will look fantastic in your front bay windows.
Tip: Choose a sheer fabric and another choice of fabric. Make sure the combined weight of both fabrics can be sustained by your main beam. Prepare your fabrics in the same way as you would when making regular Roman shades. Attach the top ends of one main beam, the sheer fabric first before your choice of fabric.
3. Relaxed Roman Shades
Not seeing ropes or strings to pull on your Roman shades creates a cleaner and classier look to it. Re-create this version of Roman shades by sewing rings on the inside of your fabric. Using one long string, tie a double knot at each ring. Your string should have enough allowance you can pull on. When you pull the string, your shade should look beautifully stacked without any trace of the strings.
4. DIY Roman Blackout Shades
For a small kitchen or bathroom window, this DIY Roman blackout shades will do a great job of screening out the sun. This will also make a feasible project for you, and you have two options. You can either use a sewing machine to make it sturdier or you can use fabric glue to make it easier. You will also need mini blinds for the pulling mechanisms. Ask the hardware store to cut the exact blind measurement for your window.
5. Shirred Balloon Roman Shades
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This kind of Roman shade from Leather Wood Design Co. features prominent pouches in individual scallops, which results in the “ballooning” effect. Choose a light fabric to allow movement and flow and facilitate the ballooning effect.
This project can be a bit tricky and will call for a bit more experience. If you have a seamstress near you or a friend perhaps who can help you, an actual demonstration will guide you in the direction. You can also save this project for later when you have the skill and courage to master this Roman shade design.
6. Printed Roman Shade
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Unleash your playful side and make lovely stenciled prints on your Roman shades! Following the relaxed Roman style, lay out your fabric and stencil your pattern just the way you want it.
Keep in mind, there will be times your shades are pulled up, so consider it in choosing the design of the print you want. This kind of Roman shade from should look perfect in a nursery or playroom or your bedroom.
7. Pleated Balloon Roman Shades
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Pleated balloon shades provide a balance between elegant and casual. Using a Victorian-looking printed fabric, your Roman shade will surely give a classy façade to your window.
Making this style of shade is almost the same as creating a relaxed Roman shade. Instead of attaching the strings on the sides, you place a pair (or however many the width of your shade demands) throughout the width. Also, add an extra allowance for your hem since the fabric will be ruched to create the balloon effect. This step-by-step guide gives a rundown of the fabric cuts you will need for this shade.
8. Fixed Roman Shades
Block the glare of afternoon sun from your French door window with some fixed Roman shades. You don’t have to roll it up or down when all you want is some sort of shade without compromising the visibility of your windows.
Instead of attaching a pair of strings to roll your fabric up or down, sew your folds together. You’ll have an illusion of a Roman shade pulled up which will work just as well as a working Roman shade. Follow this step-by-step tutorial for a DIY fixed Roman shade will guide you.
9. Versatile Roman Shades
Sometimes, we’re too lazy to bring out the sewing machine and sew fabric pieces together. When you’re in this kind of mood, use fabric tapes to fasten your fabric to your slats or dowels. Iron your fabric to create seams to allow folding.
This may not be as fabulous as the previous items listed, but this no-sew Roman shade could work for your screen doors and other small awnings in your homes. Of course, sewing your Roman shades makes for a sturdier product, but a DIY-er who sews can always take care of the repairs.
10. Easy DIY Tension Roman Shade
Isn’t it annoying when you come across a DIY tutorial with the word easy all over it, only to find it isn’t? Well, this Roman shades design really is! What makes it easy, then? For this project, you will use four tension rods where you will simply loop the fabric you sew. No pulling mechanism for you to stress over. What’s even best for this project is it’s reversible. It’s like sewing two window shades for the price and effort of one.
For a step-by-step guide on how to make DIY Roman shades, watch this video from OnlineFabricStore.net:
Learning how to make Roman shades on your own is not an easy feat, but certainly not impossible. This classic and lovely home decor with practical purposes comes with both a price and a prize. It will take a bit of your time and effort but you get the bragging rights for a project always thought no beginner can do. These detailed and step-by-step DIY Roman shades tutorials will see you through! You might also want Roman shades with curtains, so check this DIY rod pocket curtains for your Roman shades with matching curtains idea.
Do you have any of these DIY Roman shades you like to work on? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post has been originally published in June 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.