Alissa HaganHow to Make a DIY Roller Shade
The old blackout roller shades in my daughters nursery have been falling apart. They rarely roll up anymore and when they do it takes 2-3x to get them to go. Then sometimes they just unroll all on their own. It was beyond time to replace them. I read through a few diy Roman shade tutorials, ordered my supplies and winged it, per usual. Here’s what I did!
Fabric of your choice (I used old linen curtain panels from Ikea) Using curtain panels saved me time on sewing hems and money. (How much you need will depend on your window size.)
2- Lobster Claw Clasps with D Rings. I got mine here. (Should have ordered larger ones but I made them work.)
Embroidery thread or other thicker thread.
2- 60” Leather strips. I got mine here.
Sewing machine or could do this as a non-sewing project and use hem tape.
2- 1/2” wood screws
2- 1 1/2” wood screws (I chose brass to match the lobster clasps)
1- 1/2” x 1” board for the top rail, cut. 1/2” less than the width of the window (the part that screws into the window frame).
1- 1/2” wooden dowel, cut 1/2” less than the width of the window. This is for the bottom hem to give the curtain some weight and roll the fabric on.
Large Sewing needle with a big eye
Cut your fabric. My measurements were 35.25” x 66”. My window measured 34.25” x 58”. Be sure and calculate for hem allowance. I added 8” to the length dimension (4“ hem on top and bottom) and 1“ to the width (1/2” hem). I wanted my curtain to cover the whole width so there would be less light filtering through the sides.