How to Make Roman Shades ( Guide)
Roman shades provide a decorative appeal to your room. However, there are quite expensive than any regular blind or shade. This is not only due to its premium aesthetic value but also for its features and functionalities. Now you can make roman shade at your home by using simple tools.
This will enable you to create custom roman shades and blend them with the room decor. It can be an ideal DIY task and helps to reflect your creativity. Therefore, in this article, we have provided you a complete detailed illustration on how to make roman shades easily.
Things You Need To Have
You will also be requiring wood dowels, metal rods, sew-on rings, cord lock, drill, staple gun, iron, and drapery cord.
Measurement and Sewing
Measuring the windows is the first step while making a roman shade. Window frames come in different sizes. Keep in mind that you will have to cut the fabric 3 inches wide and 6 inches longer than the windows. Repeat the same process with the fabric liner and narrow it down by one inch. The next step will be to sew the fabric with the liner on top.
For this, you will have to lay the fabric on top. This will make sure that the pattern side gets covered. Following this, you will have to pin both the long sides and stitch them. To create a perfect edge, you can iron the curtain. Ensure that you don't flip them right side out.
Creating Rod Pockets
Always cut the wood dowels 1 inch narrow than the window frame. You will also have to cut the fabric liner a few inches wide. Fold and iron and create a pocket by sewing it. Make sure there will be a snug fit. Space the dowels by a minimum of 8 inches and a maximum of 10 inches. However, you need to consider the height of your window carefully. Always space them evenly and use a pencil to mark the extra inch at the bottom. In doing so, you don't have to worry about missing the spot.
Attaching Rod Pockets
You will now have to place the stitch witchery on the top and pass with an iron. Keep in mind that you don't touch it to prevent any damage. You can now lay the pocket on the mark spots and iron it accordingly. Keep the stitch witchery between the curtain and pocket. Ensure that you repeat this with all rod pockets and then slip it inside the dowel. This will help to reveal the fabric's front side.
Attaching Sewing Rings
After securing the dowels, you can flip inside and keep the linear behind it. Following this, you need to take a pencil and make a mark on the back liner side. It has to be along each dowel and the center point on each. By using a needle as well as thread, you can attach the sewing rings to the marks' linear.
Accordingly, you can now fold the bottom fabric and sew it by 1.5 inches. You can now finish it with a bottom hem by sliding it in the metal rod. This will help to weigh down the bottom for a perfect appearance.
The inside of the window frame will have to be cut by 2 x 1 to the width. Then you need to make three drill holes. You can now align it with the rings that let you attach the curtains to the window frame.
Now screw the eye hook into the edge. Attach the cord lock on the eye hook to create perfect finishing. You need to attach it next to the eye hook. It lets you lock your cord even when the shade is open.
However, if you want to tie it securely, then you can skip this process. Now you need to place the 2 x 2 with an eye hook on the side. Make sure that you place it where the curtain cord will place. You will have to wrap the fabric's top and staple it securely.
We are now almost on the finishing line. The next step will be to run the cord across the curtain's top. It has to be through the lock and eye hook. But it has to be down through the loops by securing the bottom one. Follow this process again at the top and bottom. You can even do it in the moodle row of hooks.
Now you will have to secure the bottom by threading the third piece of cord. It must be down the final two of hooks and the eye hook. Always leave a cord of 2/3 feet at the end. It will enable you to make a perfect knot. This will also let you create a decorative pull.
With the help of a drill, you can attach the 2 x 2 on the window frame's inside. Secure it with the help of screws and pass it through the holes. It has to be in the perfect spot. To give it a little bit of training, gently guide the pleats and pull it up and down. This helps to confirm if it is secure.
It will also help to keep the pleat in the proper place and prevent it from falling. You may also want to install hardware for attaching the cord on a non-mechanical take. When the drape is up, you can use a knob or hook inside the frame and get your own custom roman shade.
Making roman shades at home may seem to be an uphill task. But once you go through the steps, you will realize that it is not that difficult. It may take some time to grasp, but once you get it, you can make any type of roman shades, and you can also sell them at quite a high price. There is a huge demand for roman shades, and that is why they enjoy a premium pricing.