Sew Your Own Roman Shades

Create your own roman shades with these easy to follow tips and directions. By creating your own custom roman shades, you can easily get the perfect window treatment that suits all of your home accessories and decor. Use these simple low-sew directions for creating your own roman shades, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your window treatments.

Before you begin this easy to do home decor project, you’ll need a few items first:

Heavy fabric – at least a few yards


A� inch wooden dowels

Roll of roman blind fabric ring tape

Roll of webbing tape

Screw hooks

Nylon cord

Glue gun

To begin, you’ll need to measure the window. Measure the inside sill height and width of the window. Now you can transfer that measurement to the fabric. Add two inches to each measurement to allow for a seam.A�

Hem the edges one inch and insert the webbing under the edge. Use an iron to fuse the webbing tape to the fabric. A ruler or measuring stick can help you to keep the edge straight while you iron the hem.

Now you can fold under the bottom edge of fabric so you can insert a dowel rod in the fold. Pin the fabric to form pocket for the dowel. Use a tape measure to measure the distance between every other ring on the ring tape. Use that measurement to find the correct placement for next dowel pocket and mark with a pencil. Place the dowel on the mark and fold the fabric over it. Pin it together to form the next pocket. Continue along until you reach the top of blind. Once you’re done, remove the dowels and use a sewing machine to sew along the pin lines. Remove the pins and reinsert the dowels into the pockets.

Next, affix the ring tape to the sides of the blinds. Using the hot glue gun, secure the tape onto the sides of the roman blind. If your rings don’t line up with the dowel pockets, you can cut the tape as needed and glue it where they line up correctly.

Drill two small pilot holes on each end of the header board to secure you wall hanging. Install the two screw eyes onto each side of header board and one screw eye in the center of the board. Now cut two pieces of nylon cord twice the height of the window. Begin threading it through the holes on the dowels and tie a knot in each hole. Thread cord up to the screw eyes, up each side and across the center to the opposite side. Tie the left cord into a knot only in the left screw eye. Tie the other end of the cord to the bottom of the shade and thread it through the screw eye. Now the shade can be attached to the window, making it a perfect match for your wall art and decor.