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Thread: Roman Shades

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    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
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    Not exactly a quilting question but fabric/sewing-related:

    Has anyone here made roman shades?

    I am debating whether I should attempt it or pay the price at the home improvement store? One of my books has a pattern and detailed instructions, but whoever wrote the instructions NEVER tried to follow them. Sooooo confusing.

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    My mother used to make them (before the Alzheimers set in) and thought they were really easy to make. I've never tried them myself, though.

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    No way would I pay the price!! I'm sure you can figure it out. I'll look for something free online.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Roman-Shade

    http://www.terrelldesigns.com/howtomakeromanshades.htm

    If your window is not terribly tall and if you won't be opening and closing them daily I wouldn't mess with the pulleys.

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    I want to make some too, so go ahead Mad and then you can tell me how!!! Or even better, make them for me.

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    My mum has made them a lot, she reckons if you can sew a straight line you can make a roman blind. ;-)


    All they really are is a rectangle of fabric... I think half the problem is handling the bulk of the fabric, and as quilters, we're used to wrestling armfuls of material through our little machines! lol

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    I have done roman shades three different times. they really aren't difficult but take time especially to sew the little rings on the back but I used the machine for that the last two times. I was pleased with the results. I got the instructions from a singer home sewing book - (about 15 years old)

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    I made some from a kit. Didn't particularly enjoy doing so. My cat, however, loved them. After picking them up off the floor several times, they're long gone. The shades. Not the cat.

    I got the kit at some massive chain store.

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    I have made many roman shades....honestly...they are not difficult. If I can give you any advice, don't hesitate to ask. In fact, I just purchased a new home, and I'm getting ready to make a bunch.

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    Just read the post about the rings....which is truly the most time consuming part of making roman blinds. I used my machine to sew them on....much much much quicker. But I just saw a post where they used the buttoneer to put them on.....really quick.

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    I've made insulated Roman shades without the kit. I made a quilt with insulated batting in the center. They were bulky, but very effective for keeping the Florida heat out/AC cool at Matt's house.

    I would not do it without the kit again, even though the insulating liner for the kit was nearly $30 a yard. Also, I used the rings already sewn on twill tape - make sure both ends of the ring tape were cut in the middle, and not where the length ended.

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