Learn how to make a stylish and tailored looking DIY roman shade with this simple sewing tutorial. This is a great way to add a functional and beautiful window covering to your space!

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Disclosure: The fabric used in this project was provided to me for free by OnlineFabricStore.net.

Making window coverings yourself is a MUST learn if you want to add some personal DIY pizzazz to your home. You can add a pop of pattern or colour that infuses your space with YOU. I’ve shared lots of fun DIY window covering tutorials on my blog like no-sew fabric covered blinds, gorgeous lined drapes, grommet topped drapes, and super easy drapes.  Today, let me share with you one type of DIY window covering that I haven’t shared here yet: a Roman shade.

Roman shades always look so lovely and tailored. They’re the perfect sort of window covering for a narrow window, a window where you want some privacy, or a window where you don’t want a drape that hangs to the floor. I made this pretty little Roman shade for our guest cottage kitchen which you can tour right here.

NOTE: This is NOT a good option for any window that a small child can access because of the string!

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How to make a DIY Roman shade

If you’d rather not sew, you might like these no-sew fabric covered shades that I posted about a few weeks ago. If you DO want a fabulous sewing project, you should definitely try this one out! The pleats and drape of this Roman shade make it looks extra fancy.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

This gorgeous large-scale black and white plaid fabric is from OnlineFabricStore.net. I absolutely adore it! I’m tempted to get it in a couple of other colours for my own home. (Check out the coordinating toile I also found at OnlineFabricStore.net in the guest cottage bedroom here). This is one of my absolute favourite places to get fabric online. Their fabrics are beautiful and trendy, and I always love their superb customer service!

A budget friendly, black and white country cottage farmhouse kitchen

Now, let me show you how I made this gorgeous Roman shade.

Materials:

  • 2 yards decor fabric
  • 4 wooden dowels that are 1/4″ in diameter and are as wide as you want your shade
  • A 1 x 2 piece of wood that’s as wide as you want your shade
  • 2 brackets to mount the shade to the wall
  • screws for wall mounting
  • 2 eye screws
  • thin nylon string
  • 8 small plastic shade rings
  • wood staple gun
  • sewing machine
  • needle & thread

Instructions:

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Cut a piece of fabric that’s 2 inches wider than you want your shade to be, and 7 inches longer. Remember that you want your shade to completely cover the height of your window (and even a bit more) when it’s fully let down. I used Premier Prints Anderson Black fabric from OnlineFabricStore.net for this project.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Press the sides and bottom of the shade over 1/2″ to the wrong side. Fold another 1/2″ and press again. Sew these hems down with a sewing machine. Make sure to leave the two ends of the bottom hem open so that you can slide a dowel through it later.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Now it’s time to make the rest of the dowel casings. Subtract 3″ off of the remaining height of your fabric (for stapling your blind to your piece of wood later on) and divide that by 4. The resulting number will be how far apart you want each dowel casing. Mine were 14″ apart. Start measuring from the bottom, and mark where your dowel casings will be with a pin.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Fold your blind right sides together at each mark and pin. Sew a 1/2″ seam at each mark and then insert a dowel into each casing you’ve created.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Next, hand sew the small blind rings onto the blind. Sew one on each side of the dowel casing, about 3″ from each end.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Prepare the wooden hanger by screwing on the brackets about 1″ from each end, and screwing in the eye screws about 3″ from each end as shown.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Staple the fabric blind to the piece of wood by wrapping the blind around the thick side of the wood and onto a thin side as shown.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Finally, it’s time to tie on the nylon string that will pull the drape up and down. Use the photo above as a guide, and tie one end of the string onto the bottom right ring. Thread it upwards and through each ring above, through the right eye screw, through the left eye screw, and down through all of the remaining rings on the left. Leave at least 6″ of extra string and cut off the rest.

For the left side, tie one end of the string to the bottom left ring, thread it up and through each ring above, through and over the top left eye screw, and then back down through all of the rings on the left again. Leave extra string and cut off the rest.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Make sure to use good, solid square knots when tying the string so that it doesn’t come loose.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Mount your Roman shade above your window using the brackets.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

Install a hook or screw at the bottom side of your window to hold the extra string and wrap the string around to keep the shade in the desired position.

How to make a DIY Roman shade

And you are done!

A budget friendly, black and white country cottage farmhouse kitchen

Doesn’t that look so chic?!

Make sure to check out all of the other rooms in our recently finished guest cottage to see where else we put this fabric:

A black and white rustic cottage farmhouse living room A black and white farmhouse cottage bedroom design with buffalo plaid & toile Use a storage or coat cabinet as a room divider to create an entry - black, white and wood farmhouse cottage entryway

Let’s make it!

Sew a DIY Roman Shade

Sew a DIY Roman Shade

Yield: 1 Roman Shade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $30

Create a stylish and tailored window covering with a couple yards of fabric and some inexpensive supplies.

Materials

  • 2 yards decor fabric
  • 4 wooden dowels that are 1/4″ in diameter and are as wide as you want your shade
  • A 1 x 2 piece of wood that’s as wide as you want your shade
  • 2 brackets to mount the shade to the wall
  • screws for wall mounting
  • 2 eye screws
  • thin nylon string
  • 8 small plastic shade rings
  • needle & thread

Tools

  • sewing machine
  • wood staple gun

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of fabric that’s 2 inches wider than you want your shade to be, and 7 inches longer. Remember that you want your shade to completely cover the height of your window (and even a bit more) when it’s fully let down. I used Premier Prints Anderson Black fabric from OnlineFabricStore.net for this project.
  2. Press the sides and bottom of the shade over 1/2″ to the wrong side. Fold another 1/2″ and press again. Sew these hems down with a sewing machine. Make sure to leave the two ends of the bottom hem open so that you can slide a dowel through it later.
  3. Now it’s time to make the rest of the dowel casings. Subtract 3″ off of the remaining height of your fabric (for stapling your blind to your piece of wood later on) and divide that by 4. The resulting number will be how far apart you want each dowel casing. Mine were 14″ apart. Start measuring from the bottom, and mark where your dowel casings will be with a pin.
  4. Fold your blind right sides together at each mark and pin. Sew a 1/2″ seam at each mark and then insert a dowel into each casing you’ve created.
  5. Prepare the wooden hanger by screwing on the brackets about 1″ from each end, and screwing in the eye screws about 3″ from each end as shown.
  6. Staple the fabric blind to the piece of wood by wrapping the blind around the thick side of the wood and onto a thin side as shown.
  7. Finally, it’s time to tie on the nylon string that will pull the drape up and down. Use the photo above as a guide, and tie one end of the string onto the bottom right ring. Thread it upwards and through each ring above, through the right eye screw, through the left eye screw, and down through all of the remaining rings on the left. Leave at least 6″ of extra string and cut off the rest.
  8. For the left side, tie one end of the string to the bottom left ring, thread it up and through each ring above, through and over the top left eye screw, and then back down through all of the rings on the left again. Leave extra string and cut off the rest. Make sure to use good, solid square knots when tying the string so that it doesn’t come loose.
  9. Mount your Roman shade above your window using the brackets.
  10. Install a hook or screw at the bottom side of your window to hold the extra string and wrap the string around to keep the shade in the desired position.
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