Friday, March 7, 2014

DIY Self Lined Roman Shades

diy self lined roman shades

Easy to sew self lined roman shades that look good from both the interior and the exterior.

self lined roman shades

I wanted a relaxed fitted fabric window treatment for our master bedroom.
Roman shades are the answer.

self lined roman shades in the bedroom

But I also wanted the shades to look finished from the exterior too, self lined is the way to go.

roman shades view from exterior

The view from the window side is finished and matches the interior.

The shades are hardly ever down during the daylight hours but even when they are pulled up I didn't want to see a white lining fabric with white cords.

window view of roman shades closed

diy roman shades pulled up

I'll show you how to make self lined roman shades down below, it's easier than you think.

diy pair of roman shades pulled up

diy pair of roman shades down

How to sew self lined roman shades:
* Directions are for interior mount.  The same steps would apply for exterior mount just add the additional width and mount using L brackets.

1. Choose your fabric wisely, double check the transparency.  When it's dark outside put two layers together, turn the lights on in the room, hold the layers up to the window and look through window from the outside to be sure you cannot see any body parts.  If you can see through then you might consider adding a lining (flatlined to one side on interior before step 1).

2. Cut fabric width of window plus 1" and length of window x2 plus 20".

3. Fold fabric in half lengthwise.  Sew 1/2" seam allowance up the side seams:

fabric cut for roman shade

4. Clip corners at fold end, turn shade right side out.
Using flat wood moulding or plastic piece (leftover from shutter installation), cut to fit:

flat ribs for bottom of roman shade

5. Shove flat plastic piece down into bottom of shade and pin in place:

flat plastic inside bottom of shade

6. Sew into place using zipper foot for a snug fit:

top stitch bottom of shade

7. **Working on the back side (exterior facing) from here forward.**
Mark shade at 8" and 9" from bottom.
(To determine rod placement take total shade height (45") and divide by 5 to get 9".)

mark roman shade for dowels

8. Pinch two marked lines together and pin:

make dowel pocket

This will create a 1" opening for your wooden dowel.

pin dowel slot

9. Sew rod hole following marked line (generous 1/2" seam allowance):

sew slot for dowel

pocket for dowel

10. Press rod pocket down from front side:

pressing roman shade

11. Repeat process (steps 7-10) for next rod pocket:

repeat dowel pocket process

12. Make 4 pockets total (for 45" shade).
Using a ruler mark top of rod pocket 4" from outer edge - both sides:

mark back side for string

13. Purchase clear washers or use clear tubing cut into 1/8" thick circles:

use clear plastic tubing to make washers

14. Hand sew clear washers onto shade at marked spot just above rod pocket:

attach clear washers onto exterior side

15. Cut 1/4" wood dowel to fit width of shade and slide into rod pockets:

slide dowels into pockets

16. Measure height of shade to match window, draw a line on the front side of the shade:

mark height of window

17. Cut 1x2 pine wood 1/4" shorter than width of window.  Make 3 predrilled countersink holes and attach 2 screw eyes 4" from outer edges:

wood to hold shade in window

18 . Line up marked line of shade height with front top edge of 1x2 and staple shade onto mounting board:

staple roman shade to wood

19. I dyed my braided cording in tea to match the fabric:

dye cording for roman shade

20. Thread cording through clear washers and up through eye hooks:

thread cording through washers

thread cording through washers

21. Tie knots in cord at first washer then seal with hot glue:

cording knotted at bottom of shade

22. Screw mounting board into window moulding (I used 2" wood screws.)

23. Attach cord cleat to moulding:

cord cleat on molding

24. Paint cleat to match moulding:

cording wrapped onto cord cleat

how to make self lined roman shades

1 comment:

  1. That is a great idea, Jaime. It's really important to also consider how the shades will look from the outside. Most people only choose a certain style for the shades just because they look good from the inside, without knowing that it looks scary from the outside. Haha! That is definitely a better choice right here. Thanks for the tutorial, by the way. :D

    Taylor Allen @ Sunburst Shutters Arizona