Window treatments can be expensive and homeowners can save big bucks by making their own. Advanced sewing skills are not required to make window coverings like this simple version of a Roman shade. Minimal sewing is involved because hot glue and fusible webbing tape perform some of the work. If you have a day, you can make this attractive Roman shade.
You will need:
• Eight ¼-inch wooden dowel rods
• 2 yards of 48-inch wide decorative fabric
• All-purpose thread in a color that coordinates with the fabric
• 4 yards of ring tape for Roman blinds
• 1 roll of fusible webbing tape
• Screw hook
• 3 screw eyes
• One 1 to 2-inch board cut to the width of the window
• Nylon cord
• Sewing machine
• Glue sticks
• High-temperature hot glue gun
• Drill and bit
• Ruler or yardstick
Step 1: Use the ruler or yardstick to measure the width and height of the window, sill, and inside frame. Cut the fabric to the width of the window, allowing an extra 2 inches for the seam.
Step 2: On the right side of the fabric, measure a 1-inch seam allowance. Fold this under and press it with the iron. Place the webbing tape under the fold and activate its adhesive by ironing it. Repeat this step on the left side of the fabric.
Step 3: Fold under the bottom edge of the fabric. Insert the wooden dowel into the fold. Create a pocket around it by pinning the fabric.
Step 4: With the ruler or yardstick, measure the distance between every other ring on your ring tape. Use this measurement to determine the location for the next dowel pocket. Mark the spot with the pencil. Place the rod on the mark, fold over the fabric, and pin it to create a second pocket. Repeat this process until you reach the top of the fabric.
Step 5: Remove the dowels and sew along the pin lines. Remove the pins, cut any dangling threads, and insert the wooden dowels.
Step 6: Place the fabric face down on the work surface. Line the ring tape up on both sides. Be sure the rings align with the rod pockets. If they do not, cut the tape to accomplish this. Hot glue the tape in place.
Step 7: Drill 2 pilot holes through your wooden header board for the installation screws. Tighten the 3 screw eyes into the bottom side of the header board.
Step 8: Double the height of the window and cut two pieces of the nylon cording to this length. Tie one end of this cord to the second to last ring at the bottom of right side of shade. Thread the cord through the rings located over the dowel rods and thread it through the right screw eye in the header. Continue threading this cord through the middle screw eye and then the left one. Repeat this process on the left side of the blind but only thread the cord through the left screw eye. Pull both of the cords tight to even the blind. Make one knot to the left of your left screw eye and another in the bottom of the cords, tying them together.
Step 9: In the underside of your window header trim, drill pilot holes to match those you drilled in the shade header board. Place the header board tight against the window trim. Insert one screw into each pilot hole.
Step 10: Tighten one screw hook into the side of the window frame. When you raise the blind, wrap the excess cord around this hook.