How To Make Roman Shades

romanshadesMaking Roman shades is easier than you think, even if you have no sewing experience.

Roman shades are very attractive and add beauty and elegance to your home. They also provide privacy and insulation. But getting custom made roman shades is a huge expense. Why spend money you don’t have when you can make them yourself?

You’ve probably already priced Roman shades and know how much money you’ll save. But you might be hesitating because you think they’re too hard to make. If so, you’re mistaken – its not hard at all, but you must have the right instructions.

What kind of instructions are the “right instructions?” In a minute, I’ll show you a list I of all the criteria that really matters. Believe me, I learned what matters from the school of hard knocks. Back in college, I made myself a set of roman shades following the directions from a library book and a flyer from a fabric store. Sure, it was confusing, but I was smart and I thought I’d figured it out. Boy, was I wrong!

When I hung my shades up, they were not only too short, but too narrow! They barely covered the window and light poured through from all sides! They looked ridiculous! But I didn’t have any more money to make new ones, so I had to put with that painful sight all year. Even worse, I had to take the humiliation of my friends rolling their eyes at me and my shades every time they came over.

So take it from me, you need the right instructions, not those indecipherable, mechanical style instruction lists you get for free from fabric stores or off the internet. Here’s what matters:


  • The instructions have to be easy-to-understand and use friendly, beginner-style language, so that ANYONE can be successful at sewing roman shades… no matter what level sewer you are.
  • They need to take you through the process step-by-step. Only instructions that walk you through every single step of making the roman shade you want will do, otherwise you’ll get confused.
  • Must have clear diagrams and illustrations that show you *exactly* what to do.
  • Must go beyond making a basic roman shade. Sure the instructions should include making a basic roman shade, but what is you want to line your shade or make a specific style?
  • Must make calculating the math easy. Roman shades require you to figure out pleat spacing, yards of fabric, lift cord spacing and more! The instructions should make this process so simple, that you don’t have to do any math at all.

  • Have videos that show you every

I learned a big lesson making my first shades: that you’re not saving money if you make roman shades that don’t fit. In the end you lose not only all the fabric and materials you paid good money for, but also your time and effort.

So don’t make the same mistake I did. Get good instructions. I found excellent instructions on making Roman Shades from Jenny T. with step-by-step videos – very inexpensive, and there’s even a way for you to get them for free. Now I know exactly how to make Roman shades fit and work perfectly every time. You can too!


In the meantime, here are a few videos to get you started: How To Make Roman Shades – Part 1

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