How to Make Faux Roman Shades
Faux roman shades add a decorative appeal to your room. If you are looking to have the perfect roman shade for your room, you can try making one at home. It can be a perfect way of adding fabric to your windows. Even though it does not go up and down, it can provide the privacy you need. The following steps illustrate in detail how to make faux roman shades at home.
Things You Need To Have
Apart from these, you will need level, measuring tape, rotary cutter, straight edge, woodcut, and drill.
Measuring and Cutting of Fabric
The first step will be to measure the fabric. This will depend upon the size of your window. For overhanging, you can add extra 9 inches on the width. Even the design will determine the length of the fabric. You need to adjust it according to the window frame size. Cut the piece of fabric to make the lining. Make sure that it has an extra 3-4 inches of the width of the window. This will also reduce the chances of having a shorter faux roman shade.
Measurement and Sewing of Side Seams
Always keep the width 9 inches extra. This will make sure that the shade will extend beyond the window frame's edge by 1.5 inches on each side. For people who are looking for further extensions, you can add more length. Another preference will be on how big you want the folds to be. Begin with a long piece and go it according to the folds. By keeping the good side of the fabric facing down, you can fold one side edge over.
Always measure and give the mark of 1 inch from the edge. You will now have to measure 2 more inches from the edge that will make a total of 3 inches. Make sure that you give appropriate markings so that there will be better accuracy. You need to repeat this every 10 inches.
Preparation of Edges
For the preparation of edges, you need to fold the fabric on the mark by 1 inch. Make it flat and iron it. Follow it by measuring 2 more inches and mark it from the edge. Keep in mind that the mark you made must be on the folding part's right side edge. The next step will be to sew the sides of the faux roman shade. For this, you need to use the edge of the fold and give a straight line down the side by sewing it. You will have to repeat the steps on the other side of the fabric right from the beginning. Now, sew the bottom seam and repeat it.
Lining Attachment and Placing of Folds
The attachment lining can be done by laying the top piece of fabric and the lining piece up the top edge. Sew it by leaving the edge raw. Following this, you will have to plan your folds. Turn the faux roman shade's good side up and keep the lining piece flat. Now, you can start creating the folds. You can place a heavy book at the shade's bottom to hold it securely and prevent movement. You will have to start playing around with the top one first and then follow it. There are many things that you will have to keep in mind while planning the first fold. The 3 inches of the top will not be seen. You will have to fold the top over a board when you hang it.
Always keep the fold straight so that you can get one side looking good. You will now have to measure down the top and adjust the side accordingly so that there will be a perfect straight fold. Keep the underside of each fold under the flap so that the seams will not reflect on the finished item. Once you are done with planning, you need to use a marker to make some marks. Give a mark where the underside has a fold on the lining piece. You can now carefully lift each fold to make a straight line across the fabric. This will make sure that there will be perfect straight sewing.
Sewing of Folds
We are almost on the finishing part now. The next step will be to sew the folds. You will have to do it one at a time. Do it carefully where you made the marks. Take all the folds except the first one. For this, you will have to gently roll the fabric up so that you can easily see the line drawn. By using double-sided hem tape, you will be able to attach it to the backside of the fabric. This will also let you see the backside of the lining fabric. Do keep in mind that the marks you made on the fabric and lining fabric should match up perfectly. This helps to prevent any kind of mistakes.
By placing the faux roman shade on the machine, you can now give straight sewing along the line. However, do one layer of your top fabric and then the lining piece. Repeat this for each fold based on the marks you made. Again keep in mind that the line you draw should match with the lining fabric mark. Now you can roll the fabric up and sew each additional fold.
Hanging the Faux Roman Shade
This is the last part of the process. To hang the faux roman shade, you need to cut a 1 x 3 board of about 3 inches less than the width of the window. Start by the screws into the board but never let it go through the board. Keep in mind that the screws have to be 3-4 inches from the edges. You can now lay the faux roman shade out and lay the board on top. Lift the board and continue with the screws. Ensure that it will go perfectly with fabric and board. Hold the board above the window's wall at the center of the faux roman shade.
Make sure that the fabric of the edge is even on each side to give it a clean appearance. Follow this by screwing the screws. You can begin with the middle screw and then make a perfect level. Confirm if the level is perfect before you make any drill. Now you can let the faux roman shade down and adjust the fold accordingly. Give it a nice look and make it lay flat against the edges. With the help of a staple gun, you can start stapling the edges to the wall.
Roman shades that are sold in the market, they tend to be too expensive. You can easily make faux roman shades at home relatively cheaply. They uplift the aesthetic value of your room and you can also sell them on online stores to get sizable profit. Do give a try when you get time and we are sure that you can make it perfectly on the very first attempt.