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Low-Sew Roman Shade

With the help of fusible webbing tape and hot glue, this simplified Roman shade requires minimal sewing.

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Roman Shade in Bathroom

Materials Needed:

  • 2 yards of 48"-wide home decor fabric
  • coordinating all-purpose thread
  • 1/4"-wide wooden dowel rods (8)
  • 4 yards Roman blind ring tape
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • sharp scissors
  • high-temp hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • 1 roll fusible webbing tape
  • iron
  • 1 1" x 2" board cut to window width
  • screw eyes (3)
  • screw hook
  • nylon cord
  • yardstick or ruler
  • pencil

Measure and Cut Fabric

Measure height and width of window, inside frame and sill. Cut fabric to window width, plus 2" for seam allowance. (Example: If inside of window width measures 27-3/4", fabric width should be 29-3/4".)

Hem Edges

Fold under 1" seam allowance on right side and press (Image 1). Insert fusible webbing tape under fold and iron to activate adhesive (Image 2). Repeat on left side.

  • Hem the Edges of the Fabric: Step 2a
  • Hem the Edges of the Roman Shade: Step 2b

Pin and Sew Rod Pockets

Fold under bottom edge of fabric (Image 1). Insert dowel rod in fold and pin fabric to form pocket. Using a yardstick or ruler, measure distance between every other ring on tape (Image 2). Use that measurement to determine proper placement for next dowel rod pocket and mark with pencil. Position dowel on mark, fold fabric over and pin to form second pocket. Continue in this manner to top of blind. Remove dowels and stitch along pin lines. Remove pins, trim threads and insert dowels (Image 3).

  • Pin and Sew the Pockets: Step 3a
  • Pin the Pockets: Step 3b
  • Position and Fold the Fabric: Step 3c

Affix Ring Tape

Position blind on work surface face down. Line up ring tape on sides, making sure rings line up with rod pockets. Hot glue ring tape into place. Tip: If rod pockets and rings don't line up perfectly, cut twill tape to position rings directly on dowels.

Position the Ring Tape: Step 4

Prepare Header Board

Drill two pilot holes through header board for installation screws (Image 1). Tighten 3 screw eyes into bottom side of header board (Image 2). See diagram for proper hardware placement (Image 3).

  • Prepare and Drill the Header Board: Step 5a
  • Tightened Header Board Screw Eyes: Step 5b
  • Roman Shade Diagram

Thread Cording

Cut two pieces of nylon cording double the window height. Tie end of one cord to second to last ring at bottom of blind on right side (Image 1). Thread through rings that are positioned over dowel rods and up through screw eye. Continue to thread cord through middle and left screw eyes. Repeat on left side, but thread only through left screw eye (Image 2). Pull both cords tight, so the blind is even and make a knot just to the left of the left screw eye. Make one more knot in bottom of cords to keep them together.

  • Roman Shade Thread Cording: Step 6a
  • Cord the Thread: Step 6b

Hang Blind

Drill pilot holes in underside of window header trim that match pilot holes drilled in blind header board (Image 1). Hold header board tight to window trim and insert a screw in each pilot hole. Tighten a screw hook in side of window frame to wrap excess cord around when blind is raised (Image 2).

  • Drill Holes to Hang the Blind: Step 7a
  • Hang the Blind: Step 7b
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