DIY Roman Shade: Have you every pinned a DIY Roman Shade but felt like it was too expensive to make? Well, I got you covered because this DIY Roman Shade is super easy and super cheap! I made it out of an $18 tablecloth and lined it with an old sheet. Yep! It cost me exactly $18 to do! Window treatments don’t have to be expensive or hard! They are one of the best ways to make a room look finished, and for houses like mine with only 8 ft. ceilings, they are a great way to make your ceilings look taller and your windows look bigger! Alright, so let’s get down to business! And if you want printable instructions you can get them in the free resource library! Click the button below and it will go straight to your mailbox right away 😉
Step-by-Step Guide for DIY Roman Shade
Right-angle ruler, measuring tape, stapler gun, liner (an old sheet will do), fabric for your shade, fabric shears (or really sharp scissors), iron, piece of board, hanging hardware (I used some simple angle brackets), sewing machine
1.) Measure your window.
Our window was 28″ wide, so I wanted to add a little extra seam allowance (1/2″ on either side) with a slide overhang. So we made it 30″ to be safe. We ended up using most of the tablecloth (70″) and just hemmed the bottom and top so it looked symmetrical with the border. For the liner, we used the same length of the fabric; but, because it was narrower, we subtracted a half of an inch from each side.*
We used an old sheet for the liner so the shade wasn’t visible from the outside and to give it some more weight.
3.) Pin it together. You now need to pin together the liner and the shade fabric. You need to pin them together and sew them together inside out (so the seam will be hidden.) So put the ugly side (bad side) of the fabric out, and pin it with the sheet. Once you sew them together, you will turn it right-side out. Place them close enough together that the fabric won’t get scrunched up or off track. Now sew them together on the two long sides (verticals) leaving the top and the bottom open.
4.) Turn it right-side out and and iron the seam.
Turn it over so now you iron the outside (the side of the shade that you see). Keep the top and the bottom open–you don’t not need to sew them together.
5.) Now you want to prepare the board that it will sit on the wall with. We used a 4″ piece of wood that will lie horizontally to space the curtain out over the window and over the blinds. To give the board a softer look and to make the shade drape more nicely, you want to cover it with fabric. This is what the professionals do too. First fold it like so and staple. Do this on both the left and right hand side of your board. Create nice corners by doing a “hospital tuck” like you do with sheets on your bed.
6.) Now you want to attach the shade to the board. Since nobody is going to see the top of the board, I just adjusted how much of the orange border (part of the tablecloth fabric) I wanted to show. I settled on 3″. Then I just stapled the fabric in place where it was at the right height.
7.) Now it is time to arrange the pleats. We settled on 3″ rows and placed them right next to one another evenly. We did this because I wanted as much of the window as exposed as possible to let the most light in. When in doubt, try to shoot for the rule of thirds (place your blind’s fixed height about 1/3 of the way the length of the window. If you want to elongate your windows, like me, put it up all the way to the ceiling! We late added two more seams so the fabric wouldn’t droop as much.
You can see how we sewed it here–just a simple stitch!
Ok, so this seems complicated but it truly was simple! And hell, it is a great look-for-less for a Quadrille fabric roman shade that would have cost $140/ yd!!!!
If you liked this, then you will love this post where I made another DIY Roman Shade with a slightly different process!