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Thread: Have you ever made a Roman shade?

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    Senior Member joivey's Avatar
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    Have you ever made a Roman shade?

    Have any of you made a Roman shade starting with just a plain roller shade? I am interested in doing this and wonder if you friends would encourage this project or recommend I find another way to cover a window. Thank you for your help.
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    No. I do have a book how to make them and just about every kind of window covers.
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    No I haven't made one from an old regular shade. I think you would need a little more weight to the shade than what that would provide. But, I am sure anything is possible if you are determined.

    I enjoy my topper with a regular pull up matchstick type shade under it. That way you have some décor while enjoying the sunlight during the day. I also use a topper with the white wide wooden blinds. It works great.

    Check out the major pattern companies books at the fabric stores. (or on line) There are many styles of coverings you can make to suit your style.
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    I have made Roman Shades. Still have them in my bedroom. I did not use a roller. You need a base to attach them to, ( board) then we attached the base to the window molding. If you goggle "How to make Roman Shades" lots of sites come up. They aren't difficult to do. Good luck.

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    I haven't made one with a roller shade; I think it wouldn't fold correctly.
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    Roman shades and roller shade are 2 totally different things. There are lots of patterns, tutorials, instructions for making Roman shades. You can pick up the hardware/ supplies needed at most hardware stores. They are not difficult to make
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    Was just looking at the picture section. There is a photo that someone posted of her lovely Roman Shade. I think the tidal of of the post was "Roman Shade"

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    I've made several using regular metal curtain rods to hang them. If you do it that way be sure to securely attach the curtain rod. I screwed it into the wooden window frame. We had drafty windows at our other house and it helped block some of the draft.
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    I did think about making one for about a half hour one time but then I got over it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird View Post
    I have made Roman Shades. Still have them in my bedroom. I did not use a roller. You need a base to attach them to, ( board) then we attached the base to the window molding. If you goggle "How to make Roman Shades" lots of sites come up. They aren't difficult to do. Good luck.
    This is how I have made them as well. Also using the tape with the little round guides helps them fold much better, imo.

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    I have made lots of Roman blinds (shades). Here in England you can get a heading kit but I just do as OP have stated. They are not at all difficult and IMO make a lovely dressing for a window.

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    will this help you there are 2 videos in between commericals.............. http://www.bhg.com/videos/m/91106421...man-shades.htm

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    Saw something similar at the quilt show in Phoenix. They had a roll-up flannel display board but it was pretty expensive. Thinking of trying to make one like it for my sewing room. It could roll down over my closet doors and roll up when not in use. What do you think?

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    I have made several. I used instructions off of the internet and I must say they came out good. Not hard to make. Just take your time and make sure you measure many times before actually cutting or sewing. If you sew, you can do it.

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    These are really neat. Thank you

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    I made some for my old drafty house. I used insulating fabric (from The Warm Company, I think) between the front and back fabrics. Instructions were given to sew magnetic strips between the folds. Then long magnetic strips were put on the window casings. The shade was held tight to the casing to prevent cold air leaks. They made a huge difference in the warmth of the room.

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