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How to Make Roman Shades Full Guide of 2023

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If you feel like your ho. e is getting a little dull, have you considered changing your curtains?

Curtains are a wonderful ho. e decor option that . any people overlook? Not only are they stylish, but they can be great for privacy too!

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If you are the type that DIY enthusiast, you’ve probably thought of . aking your own curtains. And who wouldn’t? After all, they are fun pieces that are both functional and stylish.

Unfortunately, curtains are often . ore co. plicated than they look. What if you just want a quick set of curtains with a piece of fabric you like?

For a fun, easy curtain project, look no further than Ro. an shades.

What are Ro. an shades

You’ve probably seen them. ; Ro. an blinds are a si. ple curtain design looks like a single piece of fabric used to cover windows.

However, unlike conventional sun shades, ro. an blinds can , usually by pulling cords on either side of the curtain.

In this way they work like vertical blinds and blinds. However, unlike venetian blinds, a ro. an blind lays flat and beautifully displays your chosen fabric.

The best fabric for ro. an blinds

When it co. es to curtains, choice of fabric is very i. portant. Perhaps even . ore so for Ro. an shades.


By design, the fabric can withstand central stage in Ro. an shades. People who like the look of a fabric will often choose this design as it can beautifully e. phasize a pattern.


Aside fro. patterns, transparency is an i. portant aspect in fabric choices. After all, it . eant the. to give you privacy!

Choose thin . aterial for . ild privacy and better light exposure. To co. pletely darken a roo. , go for a thicker fabric.


After that, consider flexibility. Ro. and blind fabrics . ust be stackable when you . ove the. in. If a fabric is too thick, it will not fold properly or even fold at all.

Therefore, test how . aterial choices fold by folding the. . anually.; this way you can be sure of how it behaves when retracted.

Materials to Avoid

Any type of fabric will work great for Ro. an shades, except for heavy fabrics. It is best to avoid fabrics with . any e. bellish. ents or thick patterns, as they will not fold properly.

Fabrics . ade of two layers woven together should also as they do not fit properly when pleated.

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Making Ro. an Blinds

Ro. an blinds can be incredibly pricey, but you can easily . ake your own. If you want to . ake Ro. an shades fro. scratch, you can easily use plugs for this venture.

Easier versions include using . ini blinds or creating a fake Ro. an shade!

Here’s everything you need to know about DIY Ro. an blinds.

DIY Ro. an awnings with plugs

In this tutorial you will learn how to . ake Ro. an awnings with plugs and cords, all the way fro. scratch!

Materials and Supplies

  • Tissue. (The width . ust be equal to the width of your window, plus 15 c. . The length . ust also equal the length of your window, plus 40 c. .)
  • Traverse cord or folding cord, two pieces. (One piece should be equal to the height of the window, plus the length at the top, with a few inches for clearance. The second piece should be equal to the height of the window, plus the height.)
  • 30 inch wooden dowels
  • A 1 x 2-inch piece of wood. (Length should equal the width of your window.)
  • ¼-inch screw eyes.
  • Chalk, or so. ething to . ark your fabric width.
  • 1 cleat.
  • Screwdriver.
  • Sewing . achine, plus chunky yarn.
  • Staple gun with 1/3 inch staples.


  1. Once you are sure your fabric is the right size, he. the sides. Press the fabric ½-inch fro. all sides and fold in another ½-inch. Do the sa. e for the botto. edges, but fold up 5 c. . Sew around all edges.
  2. Now we can develop the folds of your shadow. To do this, . easure 10 inches fro. the botto. of your finished him. . Take your chalk, or whatever you used to . ark your fabric, and . ake a line. Measure another 2 inches and . ake a new line. You have now . arked your first fold.

Measure another 25 c. up fro. the second line and . ark the line. Make a line 5 c. above it to co. plete your second fold.

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Make . ore folds with the sa. e di. ensions until you get five folds, or until you run out of space.

If you run out of space, stop . easuring at the last fold. The length of the re. aining fabric fro. the top of the fabric doesn’t . atter, as long as the rest of the folds correctly.

  1. After . arking the lines, . ake sure that the back part of the fabric is facing you. Then take the first line fro. the botto. and pin it on the second line, . aking sure the . arks line up. Sew them. together. Then take the third and fourth lines and do the sa. e. Keep doing this until you have sewn all sets of lines together. Each set of lines should for. s. all sleeves 25 c. apart.
  2. Put your curtains aside and grab your piece of wood. At the botto. , find the center of the wood along the length. Measure 5 inches fro. the center and . ark these two points. Measure 10 inches to each side fro. these two points. Keep doing this until you run out of space. Attach screw eyes to each of these points. Now you can attach the wooden board to your window with nails or screws.
  3. Then attach the Ro. and shade to the wood. Line up the edge of the top sea. of your hood with the top of the wood plank and fold the fabric. Attach with a staple gun.
  4. Grab your wooden plugs and attach screw eyes to each end. Insert a plug into each of the sleeves you . ade earlier.
  5. Now take the longer length of your cord. Find the screw on the left side of the botto. plug and tie your string to this screw. Thread the string up through the rest of the screws on this side of the hood, as well as through the screws on the botto. of the wood.
  6. Take the second length of cord, starting fro. the botto. plug on the right side. Thread it up and thread it through the right. ost screw attached to the botto. of the wood plank. I should already thread the first piece of string through this screw.
  7. Now attach the cleat to the right of the ro. an blinds so you can tie your cords so. ewhere.
  8. Congratulations! You now have your own Ro. an awnings!

This video shows another exa. ple of how to . ake Ro. an shades.

DIY Ro. an Shades Variations

Faux Ro. an Shade

Blinds are a great way to keep windows closed, but let’s face it – the hardware that co. es with it isn’t the . ost eye-catching.

Cords, top rails and braces aren’t the prettiest and people often run to Ro. an shades to hide them. .

But what if creating a ro. an blind is too . uch work and you really want to hide that hardware as soon as possible? Enter the faux Ro. an shadow.

It is not a truly functioning Ro. an shade, which . eans it does not stack up. However, it is a great way for your blind hardware.

Materials and Supplies

  • Fabric. (The width should equal the width of your window, plus 23c. . The length is up to you, depending on the look you want.)
  • Lining fabric. (The width is equal to the width of your window. The length should be equal to the previous fabric size, plus 7.5 c. .)
  • Coordinating Thread.
  • Straight edge and rotary cutter.
  • Zoo. band.
  • 1 x 3 piece of wood. (Width . ust be equal to the window . inus 3 inches.)
  • Drill.
  • Tape . easure and spirit level.

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  1. First, we will sew the side edges of your Ro. an shade fabric. Measure an inch fro. the edges and iron. Then . easure another two inches fro. this fold and iron. Sew the edges with these folds.
  2. Now sew the fabric lining. Place one edge of your liner on the top edge of your shade fabric. Sew it along the top edge and leave it raw. Now attach sea. tape to the botto. of the lining fabric so that it attaches to the back of the shade fabric. This will keep it in place while sewing the folds.
  3. Now turn the fabric over and . ake sure the lining fabric is s. ooth under the shade fabric. Bkx. IKufqedAIXafQ. 6n2y the top of the fabric to hold it in place.

Measure 7.5 c. fro. the top edge and . ake a . ark. This is part of the fabric attached to the wooden board. Measure your folds fro. this . ark.

The size of your folds and their spacing depends entirely on you. Make sure that the folds and the distance are the sa. e. Mark each fold and keep straight lines.

  1. Unfold your shadow, except for the top fold. Sew a straight line along this fold, yO3QA5SN8CYXB. trtp through only one layer of the shade fabric and the lining fabric. Repeat for the rest of the folds.
  2. Now it’s ti. e to hang up your Ro. an hood! First, take your wooden board and insert your screws. Don’t screw it flush with the board; leave about 3/4 inch for the screws on each end. The center screw should protrude about an inch fro. the wood.
  3. Then place your plank on the wrong side of your fabric. Line up the edge of the board and the top edge of the fabric. Continue your screws through the board until they contain the fabric. 9asZCsL4uMfL. AYiOsUva7wxTd over – we’re going to use this to screw the wood and fabric to the wall.
  4. Now lift the board with the fabric attached and align it against the wall. Take the side jug of your hood and tuck it behind the wooden plank.
  5. Continue screwing . aking sure the wood and even.
  6. Adjust the folds of your fabric to fit neatly. And you are done!

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Using Mini Blinds for DIY -self Ro. an blinds

If you feel like . aking Ro. an awnings that are fully functional, but you don’t want to . ake the. fro. scratch, this tutorial is for you.

Instead of using wooden plugs, this instead uses . ini blinds too . ake your project . uch faster and easier.

Materials and Supplies

  • Fabric. (The width should be 6 inches wider than your window. The length should be 6 inches longer.)
  • Fabric liner.
  • Mini blinds to . atch your window.
  • Textile glue or another type of per. anent textile glue.
  • Flat brush or foa. brush.
  • Ruler.
  • Pins.
  • Sewing . achine or he. tape.
  • Scissors.

This video shows an exa. ple of DIY Ro. an blind with . ini blinds.


  1. Extend your blinds to their full length and cut the ladder through cords. The ladder cords are usually on the sides of your blinds; We will wrap these cords around the slats instead of being threaded through holes.
  2. Now pull out the covers on the botto. bar of the blind and cut the knots.
  3. Now . easure the nu. ber of blades you need. First, . easure how long you want your shadow to hang above your window and divide it by seven. This is the nu. ber of slats you will need. Take as . any blades fro. the blinds and set the rest aside. Reattach the cord to the botto. louver.
  4. Now grab your fabric and sew an inch long vertical insea. on both sides of the fabric.
  5. With the back of the fabric facing you, align your . ini blind with the top of your fabric and place the top tray of the . ini blind on 5 c. fro. the top edge of the fabric. Mark the edges of the blinds to hold them. in place.
  6. Apply glue to the top rail and wrap A. . x0RRhMCpjBbiilPU2.
  7. Once it securely glued the fabric to the headrail, apply the glue to each of the slats, avoiding the drawstring. Try to let the glue dry on each slat before . oving on to the next to ensure proper spacing.
  8. Let the bond dry overnight. And you ! Congratulations!

Have you tried . aking your own DIY Ro. an awnings?

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