DIY Roman shades give windows anywhere in your home that extra oomph. Learn how to take your plain DIY Roman shades to the next level with these genius sewing ideas!
DIY Roman Shades: Easy-Peasy Sewing Ideas
Roman shades are like pretty blinds, only instead of using plastic dowels, you get a gorgeous fabric as its shade. One good perk of making your own Roman shades is you get to choose what kind and print of fabric you can use. It’s really more fun to customize things, especially decorative stuff inside the house. Read on to learn how to make different styles of Roman shades.
1. Plain Roman Shades
Before moving on to more complicated styles of Roman shades, let us first appreciate the simplicity and elegance of a plain Roman shade. 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. Choose a fabric that folds really well and sew dowels or slats in between gaps. Attach it on a beam that could carry the weight of your fabric and dowels, and voila! Easy peasy! Follow this tutorial from At Charlotte’s House to learn more.
2. Double-Layered Roman Shades
One downside of Roman shades is when you pull up all the layers, everyone can see the inside of your home from the outside. But with an extra layer of sheer fabric attached to the same beam, your problem is solved! This perfect double layered Roman shades from Songbird Blog would 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 in making regular Roman shades. Attach the top ends on 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 on it. Re-create this version of Roman shades from Addicted2Decorating 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 string.
4. Tasselled-Hem Roman Shades
Add a little frill to your plain Roman shades with fun embellishments. As you finish up on your choice of Roman shade, attach your tassels on the hem. When pulled up, the stacks and the embellishments create this really classy look that is perfect for your living room windows. Follow this instruction from Houzz to learn more.
5. Shirred Balloon Roman Shades
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 that allows movement and flow to facilitate the ballooning you want in it.
6. Printed Roman Shade
Unleash the playful side you have 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 to look.
Keep in mind that there will be times your shades are pulled up, so consider that in choosing the design of print you want. This kind of Roman shade from All Things Thrifty should look perfect in a nursery or playroom or your bedroom.
7. Pleated Balloon Roman Shades
Pleated balloon shades provide a balance between elegant and casual. Using a Victorian-looking printed fabric, your Roman shade would surely give a classy façade to your window.
Making this style of shade is almost the same as creating a relaxed Roman shade. But 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 is going to be ruched to create the balloon effect. This step-by-step guide from It All Started With Paint gives a run down on how to cut your fabric for his shade.
8. Fixed Roman Shades
Image via Emily Ann InteriorsBlock 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 that works just as well as a working Roman shade. Follow this step-by-step tutorial from Emily Ann Interiors to learn more.
Bonus: Versatile Roman Shades
Sometimes, we’re too lazy to bring out the sewing machine and attach things to each other. When you’re in that 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 Roman shade from In My Own Style could work for your screen doors and other small awnings in your homes. Of course, sewing your Roman shades makes for a sturdier product that will save you from future headaches and troubles of repairs.
For a step-by-step guide on how to make DIY Roman shades, watch this video from OnlineFabricStore.net:
There are tons of good reasons to make DIY Roman shades! But most importantly, you get to customize it to your style and preference. Creating it from scratch may be challenging but I think the process is all worth it. This is a very great project for sewers and crafters, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro. After creating your own Roman shade, I’m sure other DIY projects will be easy-peasy for you!
Not really a fan of Roman shades? Then why not try your skills and make this DIY Rod Pocket Curtains instead! Do you know other styles of DIY Roman shades? Let us know in the comments below!