Hay y’all! Today my friends Terrie, Corine and I are all sharing a fun DIY! I have a tutorial on how to make a faux Roman shade. Super easy, fun and looks just like the real thing.
Fabric – I found mine at Hobby Lobby ( on sale $4.99 a yard!)
Trim – Hobby Lobby
Liner- Hobby Lobby
Sewing machine or Heat N Bond Tape
Needle and Thread
1 x 2 board
Staple gun and staples
Measure the window.
My window is 34 x 35.
To find the length I had to decide how big I wanted the finished window to be.
IN this case I wanted the valance to go 10 inches above the window.
I needed 3 inches to attach the shade to the board and another two inches at the bottom for a hem.
For the width I started with the 35 inches width and added 4 inches to each side.
2 inches for the shade to go past the window and 2 inches for a hem.
For the lining I cut it the dimensions of the finished curtain.
Starting with the sides, fold over the edge 1 inch and press, then fold over again.
Do this to both sides.
Place the lining in between both of the pressed edges.
Pin and sew the sides.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always use Heat N Bond tape to secure the fabric.
Next, hem the bottom.
Turn the edge up 1/2 inch, press.
Turn the pressed edge again 1 1/2 inch press.
Now it’s time to add trim to the front of the shade.
Again you can sew it on or used a heat and bond tape.
Now it’s time to sew on the 1/2 rings.
I wanted 4 rows of rings each with 5 rings across.
The placement on these will vary as each shade is a different size.
Once you have marked where you want the rings, sew them on.
Then using cording or ribbon, tie all the rings together that are in a vertical straight line.
This creates the folds.
This is what the finished shade will look like.
Attaching the shade to a board.
I used a 1 x 4 board.
Lay the shade with the lining side up.
Lay the board onto the fabric leaving 3 inches of fabric at the top.
Pull the fabric up and over to the back side of the board and staple across the board.
Hang the Shade
I decided to hang the shade 10 inches above my window.
I hung L Brackets one inch inside of my outside shade measurement above the window.
Once that was done I attached the board with the shade on it to the L Bracket.
Faux Roman Shade
This is the finished Faux Roman Shade.
To see a video on how to make these shades, you can see it here.
Don’t forget to head on over to Terrie’s and Corine’s to see what their DIY’s!
Junk To Gems
Thanks for sewing with me!
Until next time…
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