Sew a DIY Roman Shade

Learn to make yourself some personal DIY window covering to add some pizzazz to your decor.
Turn a a piece of fabric into a roman shade the easy way!!
First, you will want to cut your fabric 2" wider than you want your shade to be, and 7" longer.
Now, press the sides and bottom of the fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side. Fold another 1/2" and press again. Sew these hems down. Remember to leave the two ends of the bottom hem open so you can slide a dowel through it later.
Next, we will make the rest of the dowel canings. Subtract 3' off of the remaining height of your fabric (this is for stapling your blind to your wood later on) and divide that by 4. The resulting number will be how far apart you will make each dowel casing. Start measuring from the bottom, and mark where your dowel will be with a pin,
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.
Next, hand sew the small blind rings onto the blind. Sew one on each side of the dowel casing, about 3″ from each end.
Prep the wooden hanger by screwing on the brackets about 1″ from each end, and screwing in the eye screws about 3″ from each.
Staple the fabric blind to the piece of wood.
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.
Mount your roman shade above your window using the brackets.
And now you're done!

Suggested 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
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Linda Reinert Smith
    on Mar 3, 2017

    So how does it raise and lower? Do you have to pull both left and right bottom cord ends at the same time?

    • Melody
      on Jul 18, 2017

      no you don't pull both string's at the same time... you pull the one on the left and it causes the entire shade to raise or lower... depending what possion it is in when you pull the cord, just like store bought blinds.
  • Wis20742664
    on Aug 22, 2017

    Do you finish the end of the pull cord, and does gravity keep it laced through the rings?
  • Denise
    on Jun 18, 2019

    What if I want to make a curtain only I’m not a seamstress I can sew on buttons cross stitch that’s it! Easiest way to do with minimum sewing

    • Debi
      on Oct 24, 2019

      How about some fabric glue. And sewing on the rings, is like sewing on a button. It seems like this might work. I don't have a sewing machine so, that's probably what I would do.

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  • Debi
    on Apr 14, 2019

    I like this idea much better than taking mini blinds apart. To each his own....

  • Denise
    on Jun 18, 2019

    Any ideas on what inexpensive ways to use something cute other than blinds as my active boys seem to tear blinds up! Makes me crazy

    • Tawny Kennedy Bohannon
      9 minutes ago


      SUPPLIES you need , CAN of spray adhesive, CHEAP roll up vinyl old fashion blind , THIN fabric to cover front and back of blind which should be the size of your window or a little larger and DOUBLE fold hem tape COLOR TO MATCH , enough to go down each side of blind (Glue to front of blind first then flip over and glue to back of it ) Glue gun and plenty of sticks !

      Get an old fashion white vinyl roll up blind , roll all the way out and cut off the bottom length you do not need , get some spray glue and some thin fabric you like for that room enough to cover front and back and get some coordinating hem tape , now cut to fit the fabric for each side of blind , iron the fabric first to get creases out the lay it in the blind smooth it out , lift up half of fabric , spray glue all over blind then very slowly lay fabric back down and smooth out then do the other half ( like putting contact paper down no bubbles or creases ) lift and smooth till you are happy ! When you got both on front and back get hot glue and run all the way from top to bottom while opening up the hem tape and sticking it on both sides , the turn over and glue the other side ! Finished , no sewing so u can hang it up ! If you get tired of that print just do another one later on . Takes one hour from start to finish ! Easy and cheap ! THIS IS FUN get your children involved in picking out fabric and let them help they will be proud and will not tear it up ! I have two grown sons and I have been there ! Good luck

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