How to Make Roman Shades on a Budget: A ‘No Sew' Tutorial

Are you DIY-savvy and want to make your own window treatments? Read this ‘no sew’ tutorial for how to make roman shades on a budget. One caveat to keep in mind is that DIY roman shades, while cheaper, will not be as durable as handstitched, custom roman shades—but they are good if you’re only looking for an aesthetically pleasing, low use window treatment on the cheap. Making your own roman shades at the level of quality you might find in a custom drapery store may not be possible with a limited toolset or budget. Even so, you can certainly learn how to make new shades for your home quickly and affordably with this helpful guide.

From here, you can choose your own adventure:

If you’re up for a DIY challenge or are just looking for a fun craft idea, continue on with this guide, and shop Spiffy Spools fabrics by the yard to get the fabric you need for your project.

If you’d like to save the hassle of making your own shades while getting high quality shades you can rely on for years to come, order custom roman shades from Spiffy Spools online, with over 1,000 fabrics and patterns to choose from.

What are Roman Shades?

Roman shades function similarly to blinds but offer a more visually appealing design. Here’s how they work:

  • When open, Roman shades stack neatly at the top of the window frame, providing you with crisp, clean lines and plenty of natural light.
  • When closed, you’re able to view all of the gorgeous fabric that completely covers the window and blocks the sunlight.

In this article, we will focus on creating flat panel roman shades with back slats. With horizontal slats stitched into the lining at the back and stacking folds at the bottom, this style provides a minimalist look while remaining highly functional.

Roman shades also come in other styles. If you’d like additional inspiration, explore the following looks from Spiffy Spools:

Gather Your Materials

Here are the materials you’ll need to make roman shades:

  • Mini blind that is sized for your window.
  • Fabric that is cut 12 inches longer than your window and 6 inches wider.
  • Fabric paintbrush. Your brush should be medium-sized and have a flat head.
  • Fabric glue. Other types of glue will harm the fabric.
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins

Tips for Selecting Your Fabric

Getting the fabric right is important to make quality roman shades that function well and fit flawlessly in your space. Consider these important tips when selecting the fabric for your roman shades:

  • Choose a light to mid-weight fabric to ensure that it will stay securely fastened to the blind.
  • For a casual look, fabrics like linens, cotton, and sheers in light colors offer an airy and relaxed feel.
  • For a formal look, darker colors and textured fabrics will exude elegance and refinement.

Spiffy Spools sells curtain fabrics by the yard, with over 1,000 fabrics and patterns to choose from. Discover the perfect fabric to make your own roman shades!

 

5 Easy Steps to Make Roman Shades

Once you’ve gathered your materials, follow these steps to assemble your DIY roman shades:

1. Select a Workstation

To begin, find a large, flat area in your home to spread out your materials so you can get to work.

2. Set the Mini Blind Length

Take your mini blind and lay it face down on your workstation. Follow the blind’s package instructions to set the blind length. It should be set to the length of your window.

3. Remove Some of the Mini Blind Slats

Follow these steps to remove the mini blind slats:

  • Determine the number of slats to use. Divide the height of your window by seven. The resulting number is how many slats you should keep on the mini blinds. For example, if your window is 48 inches, you should keep 7 slats (48/7 = 6.85, rounded up to 7).
  • Remove the appropriate number of slats. To remove slats from your mini blind, find the perpendicular strings above and below each end of slat that prevents it from sliding out of place—then cut these strings and snap the slat off.
  • DO NOT cut strings that run vertically. These are what allow the blinds to open and close.

4. Space the Remaining Slats

Follow these steps to properly space out the remaining mini blind slats:

  • Place your fabric underneath the mini blind. Make sure the mini blind is still lying face down.
  • Align the fabric with the blind to account for the excess fabric that will be wrapped around the header, bottom, and sides of the blind.
  • Measure and separate the blind slats by seven-inch intervals.

5. Secure the Fabric

Follow these steps to secure the fabric to the mini blind:

  • Fold the excess fabric over the header and sides of the blind and under the final slat to create hems. Make sure that they are even and straight.
  • Lift the hems to expose the mini blind slats again.
  • Start with the mini blind header. Apply fabric glue to the header with the paintbrush, fold the fabric at the hem over the header, and press firmly to set the fabric to the glue. Clip clothespins on both sides of the header to hold the fabric in place.
  • Secure the top slat. Follow the steps noted above for the header to glue the fabric over the top slat and use clothespins to hold it in place.
  • Repeat the above steps until the fabric has been secured on both sides of each slat.
  • Secure the excess fabric underneath the final slat by applying fabric glue to the bottom of the slat, folding the fabric at the hem, and pressing firmly. Clip a clothespin on the bottom of the final slat to hold the fabric in place.
  • Let dry for 24 hours to ensure a strong hold. Then you can remove the clothespins and install your new roman shades!

Order Custom Roman Shades from Spiffy Spools

We hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial on how to make roman shades! If you have a DIY-mindset, you can find the perfect fabric for your project by shopping fabrics by the yard on our site.

Before attempting to make your own roman shades, however, consider exploring the options available at Spiffy Spools. You may be surprised at how affordable it can be to order custom roman shades in any size and fabric. If you don’t have the time, energy, or resources to create your own window treatments, explore our site to find the perfect options for your home—and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

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