No Sew Roman Shade

No Sew Roman Shade

January 23, 2012

A Romans shade is a tailored shade that typically suits smaller windows. I prefer them to sit inside the frame of the window allowing the window trim to show. To make this kind of shade without sewing you’ll need a few supplies besides your fabric.

A piece of MDF or 1×1 cut to fit across the inside top of the window.

Screws or hardware to attach the wood.

No More Nails (a girl’s best friend)

Roman shade rings

Stitch witchery

Iron and an ironing board

Pull cord or string

screw eye bolts

First measure the inside of your window in length and width. Add two inches in height and width to allow for seam allowances.

Using your iron, fold each side edge over one inch and press. Then fold the bottom up one inch and press and fold the top down one inch and press.

Measure a length of stitch witchery and cut it the length of the fabric and slip it between one of the folded hems. Use the hot iron to melt the adhesive and hold your hem in place. Repeat on the remaining side hem and the top and bottom hems. One of the benefits of stitch witchery (besides the obvious one of not needing to sew) is that there are no stitch marks on the right side of your fabric. You should now have a piece of fabric that fits neatly inside the window.

Lay your fabric right side down and across the top use stitch witchery to adhere one side of the Velcro to the top of your fabric. Use No More Nails to adhere the Velcro to the MDF or 1×1.

Cut your roman shade rings into strips the same length at the fabric. Decide how far apart you want the rings. More vertical strips of rings across the width means the shade hangs neater, less vertical strips of rings means the shade sags in the middle. (I used 6 vertical rows of rings)

Using stitch witchery adhere the ring strips to the material either in full lengths or as individual rings like I did. It is very important the rings line up perfectly across the fabric.

Attach screw-eye bolts into the MDF that line up with the vertical strip of rings.

Attach the top of the shade to the MDF with the Velcro (or in the absence of Velcro you can use No More Nails like I did).

Tie your pull cord to the bottom ring. Thread it up the first vertical row of rings and through the eye bolt: Keep fabric laying flat, repeat this with a new pull cord up each vertical row. Run each of the cords through their own screw-eye at the top; then run all the cords through all the screw eyes at the top to bring them all over to one side to be used for raising and lowering the shade. Knot cords together so the pull cord hangs just over half way own the length of the shade. Pull the cord gently to raise and lower the shade.

You may notice that I ran out of stitch witchery and in my haste I choose to sew some rings in place. I am much happier with the ones that used stitch witchery because I dislike seeing the stitch marks on the right side of my fabric. I did not install rods across the width of my blind because I want a more casual feel. If you wish for more traditional Roman Blinds and would rather sew than use short cuts this Martha Stewart site has easy step by step instructions.

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