Here is a step by step description on how to make a Roman shade. These detailed instructions include all of the steps necessary to turn out a perfect Roman shade. If you are able to sew a straight seam, you can make a Roman shade. These directions can be used to make a one-fabric shade, or to turn your fabric art into a pieced Roman shade.
Measuring and Drafting:
Measure your window or windows where you want a Roman shade. Decide on how to mount your shade. Begin your design by determining a finished shade width and a finished shade length for each shade. Use a Hardware Calculator to determine the fold depth and number of lift lines for each shade. Make sure that you do separate calculation for each shade if you will be covering multiple windows that are not of the same size. Sketch a design plan for each shade and prominently mark the finished shade width and finished shade length.
Fabric and Lining:
Purchase front fabric and lining and print out the results of the Hardware Calculator so that you have a list of your required hardware and supplies. If you are making multiple shades that are the same size, be sure to multiply your hardware...