Hello Houseologie readers! I’m Sarah from Little Red Brick House and I am thrilled to be filling in for Leigh Anne while she and her family enjoy their vacation! I hope they are having a blast.
I’m currently working on making over my living room and wanted to bring in some warmth with bamboo shades on the windows. I didn’t want to drown the back wall in a sea of bamboo shades so I decided to make a roman shade for the back door instead of using another bamboo shade like the other two windows on that wall. Custom roman shades can be pricey, so I opted to make my own. I found a great tutorial from Alissa at Shades of Green and followed it closely with a few minor adjustments.
- Fabric for your shade (measured at length of window + 8 inches and width of window + 4 inches)
- Drapery lining (measured at length of window + 8 inches and width of window + 4 inches)
- Matching thread
- 1/2 inch plastic rings
- 15/16 inch metal screw eyes
- Small corner brackets
- Cord cleat
- Polyester cord (5 times the length of your shade)
- 5/16 inch diameter wooden dowels (I grabbed 4 at 4 feet long) ( it will depend on the length of your shade)
- 1×2 wooden board
- Staple gun
Make sure you have a handy helper for this project.
Cut your fabric and lining to specified size. My window measures 38″ long by 24″ wide, so after adding 8 inches to the length and 4 inches to width my dimensions for the fabric and lining were 46 inches long by 28 inches wide.
Press a 2″ hem on both sides and the bottom of your fabric.
Unfold your hems, fold the corners in, refold your original hems and iron. You just mitered your corners!
Repeat the two previous steps for your drapery lining, making a 2 1/2″ hem instead.
Lay out your fabric facing right side down and place your drapery lining on top, facing right side up. Pin together and sew along all three hemmed edges. Don’t worry about the top.
Time to measure for our dowels. They should be 8-12″ apart from each other and the top dowel should be at least 10″ from the top. To determine how far from the bottom your lowest dowel should be, just divide your chosen dowel interval length by 2 and add 1 to it. Mark your places with a pencil or fabric chalk. So, since my shade was 46 inches long, I decided to space my dowels 9″ apart. I measured the first one 7″ from the bottom and then added 3 more dowels (9 inches apart) until I was left with 12 inches at the top. This was the hardest step for me. You know, math and all.
Using a strip of scrap fabric (I used some extra drapery lining) cut strips measuring 3″ wide by the length of your shade. Fold your strip in half width-wise.
Fold the cut side (the unfolded side) in halfway. Lay dowel pockets along your previously determined markings with the last fold that you made facing in and toward the bottom of your shade (my shade is upside down in the second picture). Pin in place and sew along the bottom of the dowel pockets.
By hand, sew your plastic rings to your dowel pockets. Place one in the center and one about 2″ from each end, keeping them lined up in vertical columns down the length of your shade.
Cut three strings at three times the length of your shade. Then tie each string to one of the rings on the bottom dowel pocket. Thread the strings, vertically, through each dowel pocket ring.
Cut the 1×2 board to a 1/2″ shorter than the width of your shade. Place it, horizontally, at the top of your shade. Screw a screw eye to the 1×2 in the same spots that you placed your plastic rings on the dowel pockets (one in the center and one two inches from the end on both ends). Next, fold over your unfinished shade edge about a 1/2″ and staple to the 1×2 on the opposite side of where you screwed in your screw eyes.
With your shade laying out flat and your screw eyes pointing up, attach your corner brackets to the 1×2. Place one side of the bracket on the same side as the screw eyes and the other side facing out (the very top of your shade).
Next, you’re going to thread your three rows of sting through the screw eyes. Determine which side you want your cord to hang. The first cord should be threaded through all of the screw eyes. The second cord goes through the middle and last screw eye. And the third cord goes through the last screw eye. All three strings should pass through one screw eye when you’re done.
Attach your shade to the wall, or door in my case, using the screws provided with the corner brackets.
Mount the cord cleat to the wall or window frame. I ended up braiding my strings together to minimize all of that annoying cordage.
And you are DONE! I love how my roman shade came out and I am so happy that it is an actual functioning shade. It’s so easy to just unravel the string from the cord cleat at night. I don’t have to dust it. And best of all, it adds a great element of texture to the space since I didn’t go with another bamboo shade.
Thank you so much for having me, Leigh Anne and Houseologie readers! Head on over to my blog, Little Red Brick House, for more fun DIY and decor shenanigans. I’m currently holding a $120 PayPal Giveaway that’s going on until Monday September 8th!
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