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DIY Roman Shade: A step-by-step tutorial on how to make beautiful budget-friendly DIY Roman Shades. Even before I started planning the specturific changes that we would make in our first floor bathroom, I knew I wanted to make a DIY Roman Shade. In the last One Room Challenge, I made a fixed DIY Roman Shade in the kid’s bathroom upstairs that turned out beautifully (and heck, any custom curtain that costs $18 is a winner;) but, I wanted to do a slightly more relaxed Roman Shade this time around. So we (my mother-in-law and I) structured it a bit differently for the downstairs one.
DIY ROMAN SHADE
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- 2-3 yards or more of fabric
- We chose Tonic Living’s Eastern Charm which is exquisite! We ended up cutting the fabric in half width-wise and seaming it together so we would have a longer shade. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you do it that way, but it worked. In the future, I would recommend purchasing 3 yards of fabric to be safe. It was my error in judgment.
- Fabric Shears
- Drapery Rings
- Needle and Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Board for Mounting the top of the shade- a piece of wood
- Liner fabric (3 yards)
- Staple Gun
- Wooden stick for bottom pleat
1.) Gather all the materials. I have found that using a quality fabric like Eastern Charm really does help. The fabric drapes very well and the quality is evident in the beautiful colors as well!
2.) Measure your window. You are going to want to sew the drape to be the exact width of the window; however, you are going to have to make it wider to allow for seams and for attaching to the liner. A general rule of thumb is 2″ per side extra. Then remember to iron!
3.) Prepare your fabric. First iron it, and then measure and cut. If necessary, seam together the two sides like we did, so it is end-on-end making sure to line up the pattern.
4.) Next, sew together the liner and the fabric (and do the same procedure as above if you need to make the liner longer cutting the fabric in half width-wise and then seaming it together.)
5.) Sew the bottom seam of the DIY Roman Shade and the top.
6.) Next, sew the upholstery hooks to the inside of the DIY Roman Shade spacing them evenly every few inches.
7.) Now, prepare the board for hanging. Wrap the plain wood board in liner so it has a nicer appearance as well as a softer edge. Use a staple gun to attach the liner first, and then the shade.
8.) Attach the upholstery rings to the top of the board, weaving through the thread so it goes through all of the hooks and attaches to the top ring.
9.) To keep the bottom pleat straight, insert the small piece of wood.
VOILA! You have made a DIY Roman Shade that looks amazing!
Remember that five short weeks ago it looked like this…
I won’t show you the whole room yet, but I will show you these amazing Turkish towels from Tonic Living. Now, I have other Turkish towels (hand towel and bath towel) but these ones are the real deal! They are so absorbent and their quality is amazing! I am hanging them on a spray-painted bamboo ladder I found at Homegoods a while back (it was bright red before!)
I couldn’t tell you enough how amazing it was working with Tonic Living! The customer service is amazing and the quality of fabrics is unbelievable! And even if I wasn’t partnering with them for this project, I would have used them, and plan to use more of their amazing fabrics in the future!
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To see my progress through this One Room Challenge make sure to visit these posts and see how we made it look go from this from this:
and if you like making your own curtains, make sure to check out these posts!
DIY Fixed Roman Shade for $18