Home Decor DIY | How to Make REAL Roman Shades!

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How to Make REAL Roman Shades, not the FAKE kind! Even a beginner can follow these step-by-step instructions!

When I moved into my new home, I was struck with the decorating bug. One of the first things I've decided to do is window treatments. I knew I didn't want kitchen curtains, so Roman Shades was the direction that I was going in. But have you seen the prices of custom shade? Yikes! So just like my philosophy about clothes, "Why buy it, when you can make!"... is my current thought process. 
How to Make REAL Roman Shades, not the FAKE kind! Even a beginner can follow these step-by-step instructions!
Roman Shades are sophisticated, decorative and provide a high level of privacy. They can be made in  many fabric choices with a variety of embellishments. I chose a basic slatted Roman Shade style for my kitchen in a great black and white print that I found at Joanns. I searched high and low for a tutorial to create mine. Each one was more complicated than the other. And the easy ones weren't REAL Roman Shades. There were cheat versions where fabric was glued or stapled atop mini blinds. And even some where fabric was just tossed over extension rods to give you a Roman Shade look. I wanted the REAL thing!

So I decided to combine all of my research to create what I feel is a surprisingly easy to make step-by-step tutorial that even a beginner can follow. All you need are a few tools and you can easily create and install your beautifully crafted, professional looking shades!

See how I create a beautiful Roman Shade over on the WeAllSew BERNINA Blog!





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10 comments

  1. This is fantastic -- thanks! My sewist sister emailed me info about this and your blog. Really glad to meet you, Erica.

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much Beth and enjoy!

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  2. I know what you mean about difficult directions that are tough to find. I found a book on curtains and shades for home dec. I snapped it up because the directions made sense. I will keep it forever. Home dec sewing is so gratifying and has instant impact.

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    1. It sure is! Thanks Patricia!

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  3. Your Roman Shades are fab - so chic for a kitchen. I've sewn numerous RS and they are tedious to sew but worth the effort. Karen

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    1. They are! But I plan to put them on every window! Thanks SewingKm!

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  4. What beautiful Roman Shades you have made! I don't think I will ever get the mojo to make Roman Shades but if I ever do, I will have some excellent instructions here - thank you!

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    1. Thanks Tomasa! I almost fainted when I looked at the prices of custom shades. So I guess this is what I'll be doing off and on for the next couple of months!

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  5. I just scooted over and read the directions and they were outstanding. Thank you so much for doing that- I have always wanted to make some but found the directions too hard to follow. Thank you again.

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    1. Glad you like them Angie!

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