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Thread: Roman Shades

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    Your style of Roman shades seem to be somehing I would be interested in learning how to make. I live is S.C.

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    Forgot to note this message is to ONE & ONLY. Her shade pattern is interesting with the folds at the bottom

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    LOVED making the Roman Shades for my daughter....E-A-S-Y !!!

    I used dowel rods across each row for a neat effect. DO try it.

    OK...forget the pattern that you tried....go for another pattern.

    Luck to you.

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    I made them without a pattern Was very easy.

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    Thanks for posting that link to the Terrell Designs website. I got stuck watching three of the videos! The ones shown in her galleries are really beautiful. I've been toying with the idea of making some for my bedroom and now I think I can actually do it. Doesn't look that hard, really.

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    All those wonderful comments - thank you all so much.

    One more silly question: Did you sew yours to fit INSIDE the window casing or OUTSIDE the window casing so it slides up and down the wall?

    I would think that if it's inside the dimensions have to be right on, whereas outside gives a little room for a fudge factor.

    Oh - and not kids in our house (I'm allergic - lol) But I did catch one of my cats getting tangled when he played with a pull string, so the same rules apply.

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    I've made them a couple of times. The last time was about 3 years ago. I got my directions on line (free). I had made a quilt top for the window and then double backed it so the roman shade sewing lines did not go through the quilt. Soon I will be taking apart the roman shade and enlarging for a twin bed.
    I sewed the rings on with the machine. Just be careful to measure accurately :!:
    Plan the distance between folds, it let's you balance the appearance when pulled open.
    I used hook and loop to attach the shade to a piece of wood attached to the wall which I also covered with fabric.
    I used a thin nylon cord which was designed for roman shades. It is much better than fishing line like I used the first time around.

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    There is a notion that makes the spacing and the rings on roman shades much much easier. There are spools of twill tape with the rings already perfectly spaced for sale by the yard at most fabric stores, especially the stores that have a home decorating department. My fabric shop sells curtain tie backs, curtain rods and these type of 'roman shade ring tapes' all together for the enterprising sew-it-yourself-er. If you can quilt, I'm sure you can make them.
    Best of luck.
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    I did mine to fit outside the molding. I preferred the look as well as it would cover up anything that was not plumb.

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    OK - I am now thoroughly confused:

    The instructions say to use some sort of a stabilizer across the fabric at the fold line. Apparently dowels work well. My confusion is that I can sew a channel into the fabric to put the dowel in BUT how do I attach the loop tape? If I sew it on first, I will sew the channel shut. If I sew it on after, I need to sew over the dowels. Sometimes, I feel so dense.

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    I made two for my kitchen. I thought they were pretty easy. I did use dowels at the fold line and they fold up nicely. I put two brackets on the side of my window. One is for the shade all the way up and the other one is mid way down and lets the shade catch the afternoon sun.The brackets are like for venetian shades and you wind the cord around it. I did line mine with a sun shield lining. Good luck. I know you will be able to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    OK - I am now thoroughly confused:

    The instructions say to use some sort of a stabilizer across the fabric at the fold line. Apparently dowels work well. My confusion is that I can sew a channel into the fabric to put the dowel in BUT how do I attach the loop tape? If I sew it on first, I will sew the channel shut. If I sew it on after, I need to sew over the dowels. Sometimes, I feel so dense.
    I am thinking Martina that you will have to sew the rings on your backing material first then sew the two pieces of fabric together and sew you channels for the dowel rods- that should work fine

    Elle

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    I totally forgot about this thread. Results: I picked the version with the ring tape and Pat really likes his "pull-up curtain" Me - a little upset because the math came out wrong. It's a little smaller than I had expected but still usable. The shade does pull up one more rung but he likes it this way better. His room - his choice.
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    Looks good Martina, You have me wanting to make one now.

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    Made tons of them. My mom and I ran a drapery business for many years. They are not that difficult. The main thing is to be accurate with your measuring. I think they are fun to make. I actually have some on my list of things to accomplish soon.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    OK - I am now thoroughly confused:

    The instructions say to use some sort of a stabilizer across the fabric at the fold line. Apparently dowels work well. My confusion is that I can sew a channel into the fabric to put the dowel in BUT how do I attach the loop tape? If I sew it on first, I will sew the channel shut. If I sew it on after, I need to sew over the dowels. Sometimes, I feel so dense.

    The roman shade tape only needs to be tacked underneath each ring. It doesn't not need to be sewn down completely. And I recommend using it. Much easier than sewing each ring on.

    You don't really need the dowels unless it is a large heavy shade. We lined ours with a heavier black out lining so they would insulate more and it gives it more body. Then the bottom pocket we put a steel rod in the bottom which adds the weight to make the shade go up and down better.

    Clear as mud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    OK - I am now thoroughly confused:

    The instructions say to use some sort of a stabilizer across the fabric at the fold line. Apparently dowels work well. My confusion is that I can sew a channel into the fabric to put the dowel in BUT how do I attach the loop tape? If I sew it on first, I will sew the channel shut. If I sew it on after, I need to sew over the dowels. Sometimes, I feel so dense.
    I am thinking Martina that you will have to sew the rings on your backing material first then sew the two pieces of fabric together and sew you channels for the dowel rods- that should work fine

    Elle
    Sew the dowels in by hand, not going through the track for the dowel.

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    Well I will certainly take on all those wonderful suggestions for the next one. This one didn't use dowels because it won't be raised and lowered a lot. I think for the next one, I will also tack on the rings by hand.

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